Columbia Deputy Police Chief Announces Retirement

4 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, February 13 2014 Feb 13, 2014 Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:29:00 AM CST February 13, 2014 in News
By: Eric Stoyanov, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Columbia Police Deputy Chief Dianne Bernhard announced her retirement Thursday.

Bernhard worked with the Columbia Police Department for 21 years. She is accepting a position as the Executive Director of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). C.O.P.S. is a national organization that provides support for families and co-workers affected by the loss of an officer killed in the line of duty.

"The relationships I have built with officers from around the country and citizens of my community are important to me and I look forward to creating new relationships through the C.O.P.S. organization," Bernhard said. "I am honored to be part of this exceptional organization that has rebuilt the shattered lives of so many law enforcement survivors all across the country."

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said he was grateful for Bernhard's work for the Columbia Police Department.

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