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This week on Intersection, we talk with  Sgt. Mike Hestir of the Columbia Police Department's Community Outreach Unit,  and Lorenzo Lawson, the executive director of the Youth Empowerment Zone.

We explore what community policing looks like in Columbia, how the Outreach Unit began and Hestir and Lawson's hopes for the future. 

Listen to the whole show here, and read brief excerpts from our interviews below. 


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The Columbia Police Department’s Community Outreach Unit recently showed community members how the department is training police officers in regard to fair and impartial policing. 

Sgt. Mike Hestir, the Community Outreach Unit Supervisor, lead a training for the public on Saturday, to show how important it is to recognize implicit bias.

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  Four Columbia police officers involved in a fight with a man during an arrest have been cleared of violating the man's constitutional rights.

A federal judge last week cleared the officers of five accusations of civil rights violations and dismissed five other claims against them.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey also ruled in favor of police Chief Ken Burton and the city of Columbia on one count.

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An attorney for Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea says in a court filing that Columbia police violated state and federal laws when an officer made a video recording of a phone conversation between Healea and his attorney.

The officer, whose name has not been released, recorded the conversation after Healea was arrested in October 2014 when he backed his pickup truck into Addison's restaurant in Columbia, injuring four people.

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Columbia's Downtown Community Improvement District plans to donate $23,140 to replace broken cameras in downtown Columbia.

The cost of the cameras totals $7,000 and the other $16,140 will be used to cover the cost of one year of data hosting for the camera system.

The executive director of the CID Katie Essing said the CID had a fiscal budget around $820,000 this year with $40,000 was allocated to public safety.

Columbia Police Department Focuses on Community Policing

Oct 14, 2016
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Last week the Columbia Police Department launched a series of town hall meetings to improve police-community relations across Columbia.

Each meeting centered on policing in a specific department beat of Columbia. Most recently, Shepard Boulevard High School played host to one of those town hall meetings. The meeting centered around issues facing Southeast Columbia.

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  A union representing Columbia police officers is suing the city of Columbia after officials refused to release public records or asked "exorbitant" fees to fulfill the request.

The Columbia Police Officers Association sought emails between police Chief Ken Burton and Deputy Chief Jill Schlude from June 1 to July 22. The lawsuit says the city did not reply in a timely manner and then said it would cost nearly $840 to fulfill the request.

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One officer said the Columbia Police Department won’t change its procedures much in response to Missouri’s new concealed carry regulations. Officer Jeff Forck spoke with local media an event Wednesday.

Missouri’s new regulations, which go into effect Jan. 1, will make it easier for Missourians to carry a concealed weapon.

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Authorities have charged one man and are looking for another in a deadly Columbia shooting.

Eighteen-year-old Jadarius Sanders, of Columbia, was arrested and charged Thursday with suspicious of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence. Bond is set at $100,000. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Police said in a news release that authorities are looking for a second man on a felony warrant for second-degree murder.

Five Arrests Made in Relation to Columbia Robberies

Jul 21, 2016
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 The Columbia Police Department arrested five suspects in relation to a series of armed robberies that occurred last week.

Columbia officers sought more public participation on violence recommendations at the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence meeting Friday evening. 

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The Columbia Police Department announced Monday it will start holding quarterly news conferences to provide the public more frequent opportunities to hear about police activity. 

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said the increased communication is a response to calls for police departments across the country to be more transparent and open.

Afternoon Newscast for February 10, 2016

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The Columbia Police Department announced Tuesday that four officers are joining the Community Outreach Unit.  

Columbia Police Expand Community Outreach

Oct 30, 2015
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  The Columbia Police Department is expanding its community policing efforts.  Bryana Larimer, a CPD spokesperson, said the department has expanded its Douglass Park Proactive Unit and turned it into the Community Outreach Unit.

  Columbia residents are being targeted for the second time in two months by a credit card phone scam. The Columbia Police Department issued a warning Wednesday that scammers were posing as employees with the city of Columbia and targeting people across Mid-Missouri.

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Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid’s proposal for more public safety funding was quickly rejected Monday when his motion failed to receive a second. Mayor McDavid proposed $150,000 in new funding for public security sector to help fund services such as community policing.

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 The 25-year-old son of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been cited for reportedly driving while intoxicated.

Willson Wheeler Nixon was pulled over around 3 a.m. Sunday after allegedly driving without turning on his headlights.

Columbia police arrested him for driving while intoxicated after he allegedly hit a parked car while being pulled over. He posted bond set at $500 at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

A spokesman for Gov. Nixon says this is a private matter and did not comment further.

Authorities have evacuated some guests at a Columbia motel after they say a man found an explosive device in a nearby vacant parking lot and brought it inside.

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Two police officers who shot and killed a man in a Columbia parking garage will not face charges.

Boone County Prosecutor Doug Abele announced Monday the officers were justified in shooting 51-year-old Mark Adair in April. One officer was with the Columbia police department and the other was a University of Missouri officer.

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The Columbia Police Department has disbanded its mounted and motorcycle units due to staff shortages. All but one motorcycle officer has been switched over to standard car patrol.

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The Columbia Police Department is asking downtown businesses and residents if they would be willing to share exterior security camera footage to help police in investigations.

Katie Essing, the Executive Director for the Downtown Community Improvement District, said the Columbia Police Department asked them to compile a list of businesses and residents in the downtown area that have exterior cameras and would be willing to voluntarily share footage with police.

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As law enforcement searched for an armed suspect near the MU campus Wednesday night, the university failed to follow established protocols and procedures for alerting the MU community.

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Christian Basi, the associate director of MU’s News Bureau, says that he is aware of concerns regarding the timing of MU’s Alert system Wednesday night following the shooting at Hitt Street Garage and is working to provide answers. While multiple witnesses said via social media they heard shots fired at Hitt Street Garage just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, the first MU Alert was not sent until 11:28 p.m. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin tweeted Thursday morning saying that MU is investigating the process of issuing alerts and will report the results. Basi declined further comment. 

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Police in Columbia say they've failed to identify a suspect in a case involving a former University of Missouri swimmer who said she was raped by several football players, months before she committed suicide. 

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Columbia police are looking for two people suspected of attacking a tow truck driver who stopped to help them.

Program Aims to Promote Bike Safety in Columbia

Nov 6, 2014
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As daylight savings time ends, the “Lighten up Columbia” campaign is geared toward promoting safe bicycle riding.

GetAbout Columbia, the Columbia Police Department, and Columbia Parks and Recreation partnered up to ensure safe riding in Columbia in the evening to early morning hours. The campaign has equipped the police department with bike light packets in their patrol vehicles to distribute to riders they may come in contact with.

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COLUMBIA - Columbia Police have no new information about a shot fired incident that occurred this morning on a street near Our Lady of Lourdes causing the lockdown of the school.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Columbia was placed on lockdown after a shot was fired on a nearby street about 11:30. The lockdown was lifted around 1 this afternoon when police notified school officials there that the incident had been resolved.

Columbia Police Mourn the loss of a K-9 Dog

Oct 10, 2014
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The hearts of those at the Columbia Police Department are heavy today after losing a special member of their family Thursday morning.

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