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The Columbus City Council voted Tuesday night to remove the city's Animal Care Services from under the Columbus Police Department.
CPD Chief Jason Maddix explained that the move was necessary to help both groups. He noted that the department is working on becoming fully accredited under the CALEA (Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation) Program. Under CALEA, there are very stringent guidelines and a rigorous process to work in law enforcement, even as a volunteer. With Animal Care Services under CPD's umbrella, everyone working for the betterment of animals would be subject to the same guidelines. Maddix says that Animal Care Services is very dependent on volunteers and there are concerns that otherwise qualified individuals would be barred from helping in an area that needs it.
The council agreed and voted unanimously on second reading to approve the change. Columbus Animal Care Services will now report to the Board of Public Works and Safety.
Maddix noted that even with the separation, the police department still wants to be involved with Animal Care Services. With that, the department requested, and received on first reading, an extra seat on the Animal Care Services Board. The board, which is currently comprised of six members, would increase to seven. The original six members are appointed by the mayor. The seventh will be appointed by the Columbus Police Chief.
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 5:32:38 AM
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