Welcome from the Chief

 

Welcome to the City of Columbus Police Department webpage!

I hope this site provides you with useful information about who we are and what we do in the community.

We strive to enhance the quality of life in the community by proactively patrolling in an effort to detect problems that can have a negative impact on the community. By way of problem solving and community partnerships, we collaborate to identify solutions to issues that can have a negative impact on public safety. We also reactively serve the community by responding to an average of over 8,000 calls for service each year.

Around 1829, Sir Robert Peel (considered the founder of modern-day, community oriented policing) identified nine principles that he felt were critical to effective law enforcement in a community. His seventh principle states:

"Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence."

To us this means that we are partners in public safety. We, as officers of the law must work collaboratively with the public in order to be effective and respected. 187 years later, this principle is still relevant and critical to successful community policing.

So as we continue to improve our partnership with the community, please take the time to stop at one of our community programs/events and speak with us. We appreciate getting to know members of the community and letting you know a little bit more about who we are and what we do. If you can’t make it to an event, feel free to call us or stop in at the police department.

Take care and be safe!

Daniel M. Meister
Chief of Police
City of Columbus