CPD hosts first town hall meeting

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is hosting its first of four town hall meetings starting Tuesday night.

CPD wants the meetings to open conservation between community members, beat lieutenants and officers that work in the area. 

A lieutenant will host each meeting discussing brief statistics in specific neighborhoods and what officers are doing in each community.

Columbia resident Jeffrey Hempstead is a part of the neighborhood watch wants to see change in the community.

"The gun violence it is I think on everybody's mind. The random shootings anybody can get hit from something like that," Hempstead said.

Hempstead thinks the biggest problem with CPD is how short staffed they are. 

Public Information Officer Bryana Larimer said officers wants to establish a relationship with everyone in the community.

"We want to build relationships. That is what our department is about this whole year," Larimer said.

Parkade Elementary hosted the first town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Below is a schedule for the other town hall meetings:

  • Oct. 12: Derby Ridge Elementary
  • Oct. 13: Shepard Boulevard Elementary
  • Oct. 25: Gentry Middle School

All meetings are free and open to the public.