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Opinion: Suspicious Deletion of 100,000 Cruiser Video Files by Columbus Police

Melat Eskender Melat Eskender Opinion: Suspicious Deletion of 100,000 Cruiser Video Files by Columbus Police

The Columbus Police Department has undergone “a significant loss” in dash-camera videos stored from Columbus Police Division traffic stops and call responses, Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced Tuesday. An estimated 100,000 videos were deleted, which included the entirety of videos recorded in 2015, and an estimated 500 video files from last year. This incident was […]

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Testing of Rape Kits Results in the Identification of Over 70 Suspects in Columbus

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Testing of Rape Kits Results in the Identification of Over 70 Suspects in Columbus

It’s been four years since the initiative was launched to DNA test the thousands of rape kits lying forgotten in evidence rooms across Ohio. Of the nearly 14,000 submitted, 12,000 kits have completed testing, leading to 4,367 hits in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). For Columbus, the numbers are a little less dramatic. At […]

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Police Force and Local Community Connect Through Art

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Police Force and Local Community Connect Through Art

Police accountability and community involvement is improving relations between the two, according to a public awareness campaign headed by Warhol and Wall Street. The campaign, “Change Starts Here,” connects the public with real Ohioans who have been involved in the effort to improve community-police relations. Participants filled in the blank with their own idea about […]

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Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Government transparency sits at ends with privacy as city officials and civil rights representatives discuss the specifics of police-worn body cameras. The discussion is still happening, and part of it took place at a forum hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club at the Boat House on Wednesday. George Speaks, Columbus Director of Public Safety, Andy […]

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Columbus Police Unveil New Recruitment Webpage

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Police Unveil New Recruitment Webpage

The Columbus Division of Police is preparing for another round of free recruiting expos for potential new officers this spring and summer. The expo dates are set for May 14, between 5 pm and 9 pm, and on July 11 between 10 am and 2 pm. Attendees to the expos at CPD’s James G. Jackson […]

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Riding Along with the Columbus Police

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Riding Along with the Columbus Police

“I’ve got a 37” “You missed an interesting run.” Officer Wil James finds me in the parking lot of the police academy on Hague Avenue at about 6 p.m. and immediately tells me I’ve already missed what will likely be the most important call of the day for the Columbus Division of Police’s Precinct 15. […]

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Columbus Police Want More Millennials On The Force

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Columbus Police Want More Millennials On The Force

Time calls them “lazy,” The Atlantic calls them “narcissistic,” but the Columbus Division of Police wants you to call them “officers.” On June 14 and July 17, CPD will be holding career expos to recruit new officers from recently graduated classes of millennials; the generation roughly defined as having come of age with the new millennium. In millennials, CPD sees […]

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The Columbus Coffee Festival Returns!

The 6th Annual Columbus Coffee Festival returns on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th!

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