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The Columbus Police Department is excited to announce the following promotions of patrol officers to the rank of Sergeant:
Kyle Young - Sgt. Young is a 5-year veteran of CPD. He also has six years of experience with Marion Police Department. He holds an A.S. in law enforcement. Sgt. Young has served as a member of the water rescue team, DARE instructor, SWAT team member, less lethal instructor, taser instructor, and field training officer.
Toby Combest - Sgt. Combest is a 5-year veteran and holds an A.S. in law enforcement. He has served as a SWAT team member, field training officer, and a member of the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving unit (COPPS). Sgt. Combest is also certified to dismantle and process clandestine meth labs.
Ron May - Sgt. May is a 26-year veteran and holds a B.A. in history with a minors in criminal justice and geography. Sgt. May is an Army veteran and has served CPD as an undercover narcotics officer, defensive tactics instructor, member of the SWAT team, and a field training officer.
Steve Long - Sgt. Long is a 12-year veteran. He holds a B.S. in criminology. Sgt. Long has served as the supervisor of the bike patrol unit, DARE instructor, field training officer, CPR instructor, RADAR instructor, and cadet mentor.
The following officers have been appointed as Detectives:
Jason Christophel - Detective Christophel is a 13-year veteran and attended Central Texas College. He is an Army veteran, where he served in the military police. Detective Christophel has served as a patrol sergeant, SWAT team member, field training officer, honor guard member, and undercover narcotics officer.
Bill Zeigler - Detective Zeigler is a 15-year veteran. He worked 10 years as a deputy town marshal in Hope. He served in the Army as a military police officer. Detective Zeigler has served CPD as a SWAT team member, defensive tactics instructor, and patrol sergeant.
The following officer has been appointed as a K-9 handler:
John Searle - Officer Searle is a 7-year veteran and holds a B.S. in emergency management. He is a drug recognition expert, EMT, licensed pilot, certified firefighter, CPR instructor, and a field training officer. Officer Searle is a member of the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving unit (COPPS) and will remain a member of that unit with his new partner. The purchase of this K-9 was made possible through the senior project of Dylan Prather, a Columbus North High School senior. Officer Searle will attend K-9 training in April of 2014.
The following sergeant has been appointed to the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving unit (COPPS):
Sgt. Morgan Horner - Sgt. Horner is an 18 year veteran and has been a supervisor for 6 years in the patrol division. He served 2 ½ years as a narcotics detective and has been a member of the SWAT team. Sgt. Horner has served as a field training officer and is an instructor in firearms, emergency vehicle operation, and taser. Sgt. Horner has a B.S. in exercise science. He will supervise the COPPS unit.
The sergeant positions were created by retirements and transfers. All of the promotions and appointments will be effective next month.
Last Updated: Monday, December 23, 2013 11:18:46 AM
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