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The Columbus Police Department has released it's annual report for 2013.
Chief Jason Maddix called 2013 "an incredible year of progress for our department in regards to crime reduction and increased safety in our community." The chief cited an 18 percent reduction in property crimes over the previous two years as one of the department's most significant efforts. Based on violent crime statistics, Maddix says the Columbus metro area is in the top 10 percentile of safest cities in the country.
Maddix says the department continues to make progress on becoming a nationally accredited police agency through the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). He says the process has guided the department through an update of it's standard operating procedures to exemplify "best practices" from across the country. Maddix says the department's self-assessment will culminate with an on-site assessment in the summer of 2014 and full accreditation later this year.
Maddix says the department hired and trained eight new police officers in 2013. That is triple the department's normal hiring pace. In 2013, the Columbus Police Department was staffed with 78 police officers and 8 civilian employees. Maddix says 58 of those officers are assigned to one of three patrol shifts. The Detective Division is staffed with 14 investigators who provide around-the-clock coverage.
The department's operating budget in 2013 was $7.6 million. Personnel related expenses make up most of the budget, accounting for 89 percent of total spending. Maddix added that other budget categories for equipment and services remained level with 2012 spending. The department was able to replace aging video systems in patrol vehicles and purchase numerous RADAR units for additional traffic enforcement.
Drug arrests have also increased significantly. According to the report, drug related arrests were up 37 percent over the past year. Maddix attributed the success in this area to the department's continued efforts at partnering with neighborhoods and those that live in them to get the drug dealers off of Columbus streets. Maddix also credited the department's COPPS (Community Oriented Police and Problem Solving) unit and their dedicated efforts at eliminating the undesirable drug elements from the community.
The full report will be filed on the city's website (www.columbus.in.gov) soon.
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:48:13 AM
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