public safety

The race for Columbia’s 2nd Ward Council Member sees two former opponents meet again.

Incumbent Michael Trapp and challenger Paul Love participated in a public forum at Daniel Boone Regional Library yesterday to discuss the upcoming election.


Columbia faces a shortage of public safety officers after losing 140 officers in the past five years, according to the fiscal year budgets.

Council member Matt Pitzer wants to change that by starting a Public Safety Recruiting and Retention Initiative.


Mike Matthes
KBIA

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes introduced his fiscal year 2014 budget recommendations on Friday.

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Missouri public-safety officials are cracking down on DUI and other violations this Independence Day holiday.  There will be more officers than usual patrolling Columbia throughout fourth of July weekend.  In addition to at least one scheduled DWI checkpoint, officers will also patrol major highways and busy streets for unsafe and aggressive drivers. 

Some efforts have already begun.  This past weekend one DWI arrest was made in Cole County and 406 vehicles were stopped during a checkpoint at U.S. 54 on Hammond Drive.  \

Columbia City Hall
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Columbia residents identified improvements to public safety, roads and storm water infrastructure as key priorities in a survey conducted by the city council. The council met Friday and Saturday in its annual planning retreat to discuss future payment options.