Chief Kim Jacobs

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The City of Columbus released the names of applicants to the vacant police chief position. Thirty-six people applied to become the next Columbus Police chief.

At a rally last year, a protester holds up a picture of Donna Castleberry, who was shot and killed in the undercover car of former Vice officer Andrew Mitchell in August 2018.
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More than a year after FBI began investigating the now-shuttered Columbus Police Vice Unit, the department continues to see fallout. One former officer, Andrew Mitchell, faces federal and state charges. Two other detectives, Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster, were fired while two supervisors have been suspended.

Below is a timeline of major events in the case so far. This post will be updated as more information develops.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Tuesday that Deputy Police Chief Tom Quinlan will become the interim police chief when Chief Kim Jacobs retires February 8.

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Columbus Police announced Thursday that it will "pause" all but the most important Vice Unit cases while it conducts an internal review.

Columbus Public Safety Director has cleared an African-American police officer of three allegations of misconduct.

The Columbus Division of Police has fully deployed all of its planned body cameras, covering 1,400 officers across the city.

A black Columbus police lieutenant recommended for termination has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the city.

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Bike patrols are coming to new neighborhoods as part of the city's ongoing effort to enact its new Comprehensive Neighborhood Safety Strategy. 

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For the newly-formed Community Safety Advisory Commission, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther drew members from all corners of the city. 

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The city of Columbus is making strides in staffing up its police department, as the city continues to see a record number of homicides. Mayor Andrew Ginther announced on Wednesday that the city plans to add 30 additional police recruits to its 2018 recruit classes. 

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Columbus saw its deadliest year yet in 2017, with 143 homicides, a record that was last broken in the midst of the cocaine epidemic a quarter-century ago.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs says it's not just the opioid epidemic that's to blame for the rising number of deaths – it's also that the number of of police is far short of where it should be. The numbers back her up: Columbus lags behind comparable cities in the size of its police force, and the department is struggling as a result.

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After a weekend with three more deaths from shootings, Columbus Division of Police Chief Kim Jacobs issued a "call to action and a call to peace" on Monday afternoon.

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Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said an officer has been taken off patrol duties for "inappropriate and unprofessional comments" following the arrest of Timothy Davis.


The Columbus police chief has recommended a three-day suspension for officer Zachary Rosen, who was placed on non-patrol duty after appearing to kick a restrained suspect in the head in April.

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With a rising homicide rate, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs says violent crime in the city will get more attention this summer as officers ramp up their efforts in vulnerable neighborhoods.