Columbia police aim to build stronger communities

3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Thursday, April 27 2017 Apr 27, 2017 Thursday, April 27, 2017 2:46:00 AM CDT April 27, 2017 in News
By: Daniel Litwin, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department will hold a series of community meetings starting Thursday to build stronger police beats.

The meetings will create an open discussion between citizens and their corresponding beat commanders, focusing on ways officers can better serve their community.

"We want to reach out to the people who live in our areas of town, basically touch base and let them know what we're doing, give them an opportunity to ask us questions, give us an opportunity to ask them questions," said police Lt. Geoff Jones.

A police beat is divided into geographic areas to facilitate policing and encourage community building.

Jones' beats, 30 and 40, are north of I-70, and will be holding their beat meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Derby Ridge Elementary. Jones said most of the things he hears from his community are quality of life concerns.

"We hear complaints of speeding, we hear complaints of violence... burglaries have been an issue in the past... the loud neighbor, or fireworks around this time of year," Jones said.

Monthly, the police department produces crime statistics to see "where we're at," Jones said. The beat meetings will spend time reviewing these statistics to keep people informed on how their community is fairing.

"If they hear something that's inaccurate, we can correct it there," Jones said. "When things happen in a neighborhood and it goes through the grapevine, the information is very seldom accurate."

Jones said building a strong police beat is more than just holding meetings; it's about creating relationships.

"I try to empower the officers that work for me to go out to their part of town and talk to the people who live there," Jones said. "We don't just want to respond to calls, we want to make sure we have relationships with the people who live in the areas we work."

The Columbia Police Department has already started several initiatives to build stronger beats, such as bringing in medical care, counseling, food and transportation to its beats, resources that aren't normally expected of police officers.

"When our officers show up and there's a family of four and they're hungry or they're not getting enough food or someone has lost a job... we can take food from our supply given to us by the food bank and provide it to that family directly," Jones said.

Jones himself has tried to embody his beats mission by serving his community beyond just responding to calls. In April of 2016, Jones went viral after driving a woman to work and her children to daycare after her car had broken down on the side of the road. 

The full list of beat meeting places and times include:

  • Beats 30 and 40, April 27 at Derby Ridge Elementary, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Beats 10 and 20, April 27 at West Junior High School, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Beats 50 and 60, May 2 at Gentry Middle School, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Beats 70 and 80, May 16 at Shepard Boulevard Elementary, 7:15-9:15 p.m.

 

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A black firefighters organization has settled its 2015 lawsuit against the city of St. Louis over... More >>
35 minutes ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 12:06:55 PM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Public Service Commission denied grant approval of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line that would... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:35:00 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
CREVE COEUR (AP) — With his suburban St. Louis meeting with the Israeli ambassador as a backdrop, Missouri's first Jewish... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:57:00 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
FULTON - The President of William Woods University announced Wednesday that the university's main campus in Fulton will be closed... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:40:00 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in Eclipse Impact
COLUMBIA - Police officers responded to a report of a shooting on Greensboro Drive around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officers... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:18:00 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA — Two organizations will host a town hall on Wednesday to discuss the impacts of Gov. Eric Greitens' veto... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:10:00 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt says he's backing fellow Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley to run... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 9:41:00 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been arrested on charges of embezzling more than $2 million while... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 9:25:45 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Chicago podiatrist has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison and ordered to... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 9:23:45 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Law enforcement are urging anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing St. Louis-area Walgreens stores... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 9:21:00 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department received a call about a trespassing in progress at 101 Spruce St. 2:15 a.m.... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 6:22:00 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - (We've now updated this story. See the details here .) Police were investigating a Tuesday night shooting on... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 1:15:00 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Two local groups gathered at City Hall Tuesday to stand in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville and... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, August 15 2017 Aug 15, 2017 Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:32:00 PM CDT August 15, 2017 in Top Stories
CLINTON (AP) - A 27-year-old man has been charged with hindering prosecution in the killing of a western Missouri police... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, August 15 2017 Aug 15, 2017 Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:40:00 PM CDT August 15, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released results from the statewide Missouri Assessment Program, and... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, August 15 2017 Aug 15, 2017 Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:06:00 PM CDT August 15, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Missouri death row inmate are asking the state Supreme Court and Gov. Eric... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, August 15 2017 Aug 15, 2017 Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:56:54 PM CDT August 15, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Latest on questions about Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's residency (all times local): Noon:... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, August 15 2017 Aug 15, 2017 Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:35:00 PM CDT August 15, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A different kind of phone scam is emerging — leaving businesses and others vulnerable. Now, there... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, August 15 2017 Aug 15, 2017 Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:21:00 PM CDT August 15, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 81°
1pm 82°
2pm 85°
3pm 85°
4pm 85°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:30p
Inside Edition
1:00p
Days of Our Lives
2:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Judge Alex

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
8:00p
Marlon
8:30p
Marlon
9:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld