internal affairs division


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.

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.