Columbia police ask for resident input on community beats
COLUMBIA - Tuesday evening, the Columbia Police Department will host a revamped version of its Town Hall meetings from last spring.
In April and May, CPD Lieutenants talked with residents about crime in Columbia and the department’s shortage of officers.
Now, the meetings will focus on the individualized relationships between officers and the communities they serve.
All four meetings will be held in a two-week span at various public schools within the area. The first will focus on beats 70 and 80, featuring Lt. Eric Hughes at New Haven Elementary School.
"We want to build relationships. That is what our department is about this whole year," Public Information Officer Bryana Larimer said.
CPD said it hopes the conversation will focus on area statistics and initiatives officers are taking to build stronger beats. Representatives of the Vision Zero Policy will also be present and collect citizen feedback.
Below is a schedule for the remaining beat meetings:
- Oct. 5 Beats 10 & 20 with Lt. Barb Buck: West Middle School
- Oct. 10 Beats 50 & 60 with Lt. Matt Stephens: Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle School
- Oct. 12 Beats 30 & 40 with Lt. Geoff Jones: Derby Ridge Elementary School
All of the meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open for the public the attend.