columbia police department http://kbia.org en Police investigating five shots fired incidents in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/police-investigating-five-shots-fired-incidents-columbia <p>Columbia Police officers responded to five separate incidents of shots fired over the weekend.</p><p>At 8:15 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to shots fired at the intersection of Garth Ave and Oak St. A gunshot victim with non-life threatening injuries was driven to the hospital in a personal vehicle.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:26:15 +0000 Brandon Kiley 55754 at http://kbia.org Police investigating five shots fired incidents in Columbia Two bills passed to strengthen penalty of disarming police http://kbia.org/post/two-bills-passed-strengthen-penalty-disarming-police <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two bills to further protect on duty officers are currently awaiting </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon's signature.&nbsp; The Columbia Police Officers' Association has supported legislation that would make it a felony to disarm a law enforcement agent of any weapon, not simply their handgun.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:23:38 +0000 Jeremy Schrank 53759 at http://kbia.org Two bills passed to strengthen penalty of disarming police Attorney files lawsuit over Ferguson case http://kbia.org/post/attorney-files-lawsuit-over-ferguson-case <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">An attorney for a man whose conviction in a Missouri sports editor's slaying was overturned has filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking $100 million.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:07:46 +0000 Associated Press 49384 at http://kbia.org Attorney files lawsuit over Ferguson case CPD Deputy Chief retiring to lead national organization http://kbia.org/post/cpd-deputy-chief-retiring-lead-national-organization <p></p><p>Columbia Police Department Deputy Chief Dianne Bernhard announced her retirement on Thursday. Bernhard accepted an offer to be the Executive Director of Concerns of Police Survivors, a national organization that provides resources for families and co-workers of police officers killed in duty. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:31:43 +0000 Xiaosu Tian 48163 at http://kbia.org CPD Deputy Chief retiring to lead national organization Be careful out there: Snow last week coincided with spike in vehicle accidents, stalls http://kbia.org/post/be-careful-out-there-snow-last-week-coincided-spike-vehicle-accidents-stalls <p>Most everyone knows driving in the snow can be dangerous, and numbers from last week seem to confirm it.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:26:32 +0000 Andrew Gibson 47930 at http://kbia.org Be careful out there: Snow last week coincided with spike in vehicle accidents, stalls Violent crime decreases in Columbia in 2013 http://kbia.org/post/violent-crime-decreases-columbia-2013 <p></p><p>The Columbia Police Department <a href="http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/Police/Crime/Crime_Statistics.php">released its Uniform Crime Reporting data</a> for 2013. The report shows a violent crime index of 3.76, which means there are 3.76 violent crimes committed per 1,000 people in Columbia. The index hasn’t been this low since 1985. Columbia PD has had to adjust to a shortage of available staff. Public Information officer, Latisha Stroer, says an increase in retirements has played a role.</p><p></p><p>“We’re at the lowest number of officers that we have been since 1993. We’ve had the highest number of retirements last year, we have a large number of officers retiring again this year. Every department nationwide has had problems with recruiting officers, new officers, and people wanting to come into this profession,” Stroer said. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 17:08:39 +0000 Brady Finn 47514 at http://kbia.org Violent crime decreases in Columbia in 2013 Matthes says he won't reinstate former police officer Rob Sanders http://kbia.org/post/matthes-says-he-wont-reinstate-former-police-officer-rob-sanders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Columbia City Manager Mike </span>Matthes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced he will not reinstate former officer Rob Sanders to the Columbia Police Department. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sanders was fired in 2011 for use of excessive force on an inmate.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Surveillance video released by the police department shows Sanders shoving the inmate into a wall in a holding cell.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:38:02 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 45855 at http://kbia.org Matthes says he won't reinstate former police officer Rob Sanders Columbia PD cracks down on jaywalkers http://kbia.org/post/columbia-pd-cracks-down-jaywalkers <p>The Columbia Police Department is cracking down on pedestrian and bicycle violations along Providence Road to increase safety awareness.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:43:49 +0000 Kyle Winker 41450 at http://kbia.org Columbia PD cracks down on jaywalkers Lack of mentors, 'no-snitch' culture contribute to violence in Columbia, say police, community http://kbia.org/post/lack-mentors-no-snitch-culture-contribute-violence-columbia-say-police-community <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Columbia Mayor&#39;s Task Force on Community Violence convened Wednesday evening to investigate community violence with help from the Columbia Police Department.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:12:38 +0000 Angela Pearson & Brittany Rendak 41137 at http://kbia.org Lack of mentors, 'no-snitch' culture contribute to violence in Columbia, say police, community Mayor McDavid backs off police officer property tax proposal after public forum http://kbia.org/post/mayor-mcdavid-backs-police-officer-property-tax-proposal-after-public-forum <p><a href="http://www.kbia.org/post/mcdavid-announces-plan-reduce-crime-columbia">Just over a week after introducing</a> the idea of a new property tax to fund the hire of 35 new police officers in Columbia, Mayor Bob McDavid has decided it's not necessary after all.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:53:24 +0000 Kellie Moore & Ryan Famuliner 38812 at http://kbia.org Mayor McDavid backs off police officer property tax proposal after public forum McDavid announces plan to reduce crime in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/mcdavid-announces-plan-reduce-crime-columbia <p>Speaking before a crowded conference room at City Hall, Columbia Mayor Bob&nbsp;McDavid opened his press this morning conference bluntly.</p><p>"Columbia has too much crime," he said, as a slide behind him read the same. &nbsp;"Nobody here disputes that."</p><p>Crime in Columbia has been a growing concern among residents and government officials – so much so that McDavid has come up with a six-point plan he thinks could lessen violent crime in Columbia.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:08:23 +0000 Casey Morell 38287 at http://kbia.org McDavid announces plan to reduce crime in Columbia CPD: 'Clerical error' misclassifies May shooting http://kbia.org/post/cpd-clerical-error-misclassifies-may-shooting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Columbia police say a clerical error caused the Missouri Highway Patrol to classify an unsolved fatal shooting as a justifiable homicide.</span></p><p>The Columbia Daily Tribune&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/170soCw">reports</a> that a monthly statistical report compiled by the patrol lists a 21-year-old white male as the shooter in the May 19 death of 25-year-old Brandon Coleman.</p><p>Coleman's family and some community leaders have criticized Columbia police for not making an arrest in a case police say remains under investigation.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:53:35 +0000 Associated Press 37685 at http://kbia.org CPD: 'Clerical error' misclassifies May shooting Man shot and killed in McKee Park http://kbia.org/post/man-shot-and-killed-mckee-park <p>Columbia police say a man was killed in a shooting at a city park. The shooting occurred late Sunday at McKee Park in northeast Columbia.</p><p>Police say a man died from gunshot wounds after being taken to a hospital. His name has not been released but police say he was a black male in his late teens or early 20s.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:14:15 +0000 Associated Press 37072 at http://kbia.org Man shot and killed in McKee Park Motorcycle crash in Columbia kills one http://kbia.org/post/motorcycle-crash-columbia-kills-one <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A 29-year old has died following a motorcycle crash in Columbia this weekend. The Columbia Police Department said Brandon E. </span>Bainter<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> lost control of his motorcycle early Sunday morning. He was traveling on Broadway toward Westwood Avenue when he went off the left side of the road. The motorcycle then hit a utility pole.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said excessive speed is believed to be a factor.</span></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:21:46 +0000 Associated Press 36637 at http://kbia.org Motorcycle crash in Columbia kills one Columbia employs iPhone technology for parking violations http://kbia.org/post/columbia-employs-iphone-technology-parking-violations <p>Columbia Public Works is using a new form of technology to enforce parking regulations. The department has started using smart phones to document parking tickets, correspond with other agencies involved in issuing the tickets, and to take photos of the parking violations.</p><p>This technology will replace the currently used devices which use outdated technology and have caused complications in communication. Columbia Parking Supervisor Tanner Morrell says the phones are simplifying the communication between the agencies involved in issuing tickets.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 13:31:21 +0000 Shay McAlister 36524 at http://kbia.org Columbia employs iPhone technology for parking violations Who's behind the Columbia downtown-shooting video? http://kbia.org/post/whos-behind-columbia-downtown-shooting-video <p>The Columbia Police Department is continuing to investigate a shooting in downtown Columbia Saturday night.&nbsp; Shortly after midnight on Saturday morning, three young men were shot near the intersection of 10<sup>th</sup> Street and Broadway.&nbsp; While the incident has some concerned about the safety of Columbia’s downtown area, a video of the shooting captured by a bystander has sparked a reaction from many residents.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:00:18 +0000 Andrew Nichols 35666 at http://kbia.org Who's behind the Columbia downtown-shooting video? Missouri's racial disparities in traffic stops mirror national trends http://kbia.org/post/missouris-racial-disparities-traffic-stops-mirror-national-trends <p>A new report showing that African-American drivers are more likely to be stopped by police in Missouri is consistent with finding across the United States, according to a researcher that worked on the state report released by Attorney General Chris Koster.&nbsp; The report measures the racial disparity index, &nbsp;a system to measure and compare the frequency that drivers of various ethnicities are stopped and the racial proportion of the population.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:49:08 +0000 Joyu Wang 34970 at http://kbia.org Missouri's racial disparities in traffic stops mirror national trends Church holds active shooter training http://kbia.org/post/church-holds-active-shooter-training <p style="margin-bottom: 11px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(95, 108, 116); font-family: Arial, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Tony Nochim 34295 at http://kbia.org Church holds active shooter training 2012 Columbia Police report: Fewer incidents require police intervention http://kbia.org/post/2012-columbia-police-report-fewer-incidents-require-police-intervention <p>The 2012 annual police report reveals a decrease in the number of incidents in Columbia requiring police intervention. The 438 incidents in 2012 in which police had to use force are significantly fewer than the 604 reported in 2011. The report also showed that officers drew firearms on 285 occasions this past year, a 37 percent decrease from 2011. Sergeant Barbara Buck of the Internal Affairs Division said the police department is being proactive in its efforts to reduce crime in Columbia.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 14:12:26 +0000 Brian Ruehlmann 33283 at http://kbia.org Columbia city council approves funds for Armored Personnel Carrier http://kbia.org/post/columbia-city-council-approves-funds-armored-personnel-carrier <p>Columbia's&nbsp; city council members have approved funds to purchase an Armored Personnel Carrier for the Columbia Police Department.</p><p>The Department plans to replace its current vehicle with the Lenco BearCat, at a cost of about $200,000. Council members approved the appropriation at Monday night's city council meeting.</p><p>Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said it is essential to have such a vehicle in case of gun violence.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:37:43 +0000 Olga Khrustaleva 31384 at http://kbia.org Columbia PD to conduct sobriety checkpoints around St. Patrick's Day http://kbia.org/post/columbia-pd-conduct-sobriety-checkpoints-around-st-patricks-day <p>The Columbia Police Department received multiple grants to help better patrol roads for drunk drivers and youths not wearing seat belts. The grants, provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Traffic &amp; Highway Safety Division, will go towards enforcing youth seat belt use and sobriety checkpoints.</p><p>Columbia Police Traffic Unit Supervisor Sergeant Curtis Perkins said the goal of the grant provided for the youth seat belt enforcement is to have a visible presence.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:23:54 +0000 Jake Godin 30387 at http://kbia.org Columbia PD to conduct sobriety checkpoints around St. Patrick's Day Columbia police team with towing companies to clear roads http://kbia.org/post/columbia-police-team-towing-companies-clear-roads <p></p><p>Police are working with private towing companies to remove stalled and abandoned vehicles to make way for snow plows. The Columbia Police Department said they've received more than 180 calls in Boone County since Thursday morning. Calling the police station is not recommended as a way to locate your towed vehicle.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:43:20 +0000 Joe McLean 29362 at http://kbia.org Columbia police team with towing companies to clear roads Columbia PD reports decrease in crime since 2011 http://kbia.org/post/columbia-pd-reports-decrease-crime-2011 <p>If Columbia seems less dangerous these days, there may be a reason. Data from The Columbia Police Department show that crime rates have decreased since 2011 with the exception to reported rape and sexual assaults.</p><p>Columbia police have looked at past crimes and trends in the city, and have adapted to prevent future crimes. Columbia Police Department Spokesperson Latisha Stroer recalls recent changes.</p><p>“We had some violence that occurred in and around Douglas Park,” Stroer said. “We had two-man units placed there to help this relationship with the community and that area.”</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:07:20 +0000 Harris Chang 29251 at http://kbia.org Columbia PD reports decrease in crime since 2011 Update: Victim, suspect ID'd in Truman VA hospital homicide http://kbia.org/post/update-victim-suspect-idd-truman-va-hospital-homicide <p>78-year-old Robert Hill of Warsaw was the man killed by another patient at Truman Veterans Hospital on Friday, Columbia police spokesperson Sgt. Joe Bernhard said in a release.&nbsp;</p><p>Bernhard said Hill was involved in an assault at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. He died from the injuries he sustained in the assault. The release said no weapons were involved in the assault, but didn't go into further detail.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 19:10:24 +0000 Harum Helmy 28316 at http://kbia.org Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid stresses importance of airline deal http://kbia.org/post/columbia-mayor-bob-mcdavid-stresses-importance-airline-deal <p>Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid plans to run for a second term and is putting extra importance on issues that he says still need resolving. McDavid thinks transportation is the key to improving Columbia’s economy in the coming years.</p><p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:57:48 +0000 Wendy Mader 25703 at http://kbia.org Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid stresses importance of airline deal Captain Dianne Bernhard appointed Deputy Chief of Columbia Police Department http://kbia.org/post/captain-dianne-bernhard-appointed-deputy-chief-columbia-police-department <p>Chief Ken Burton announced the new Deputy Chief of the Columbia Police Department this morning. Captain Dianne Bernhard, a 20 year police veteran will now be responsible for overseeing the work of the police department's three main bureaus: Patrol, Operations Support and Administrative.</p><p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:51:51 +0000 Olga Khrustaleva 23304 at http://kbia.org Captain Dianne Bernhard appointed Deputy Chief of Columbia Police Department Columbia Police Department names Deputy Chief finalists http://kbia.org/post/columbia-police-department-names-deputy-chief-finalists <p>The Columbia Police Department says even though it conducted a nationwide search to find the new Deputy Chief of Police, the three finalists for the job are all officers currently with the department. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:30:23 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 22575 at http://kbia.org Columbia Police Department names Deputy Chief finalists Columbia Police Captains now "at will" employees http://kbia.org/post/columbia-police-captains-now-will-employees <p>The Columbia City Council has approved an amendment that changes the status of Columbia's Police Captains from classified to unclassified employees. Under the new classification the police captains lose their right to due process and are now "at will" employees under Police Chief Kenneth Burton. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:09:50 +0000 Sarah Hollins 21343 at http://kbia.org Columbia Police Captains now "at will" employees Columbia businesses evacuated after gas leak downtown http://kbia.org/post/columbia-businesses-evacuated-after-gas-leak-downtown <p></p><p class="p1">A gas leak Tuesday evening in Columbia caused emergency officials to evacuate several businesses and close down a section of Ninth Street South.</p><p class="p1">At 4:59 p.m. the Columbia Fire Department responded to reports of a gas odor outside the construction site at 308 Ninth Street South, according to James L. Weaver, public information officer with the Columbia Fire Department.</p><p class="p1">Several nearby businesses were closed including Starbucks, Chipotle and Cold Stone Creamery, Weaver said.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:15:10 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 21002 at http://kbia.org Columbia businesses evacuated after gas leak downtown Columbia Police investigation confirms incidents at CPOA/FOP golf tournament http://kbia.org/post/columbia-police-investigation-confirms-incidents-cpoafop-golf-tournament <p>The Columbia Police Department says an internal investigation confirmed that people were served drinks off the bare breasts of women at a Columbia Police Officers Association/FOP Lodge 26 golf tournament. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:30:19 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 20326 at http://kbia.org Columbia Police investigation confirms incidents at CPOA/FOP golf tournament