Columbus Police

Debbie Holmes

After 23 years as a school resource officer, Larry Howell says he'll miss working at Whetstone High School. In June, Columbus City Schools decided not to renew its contract with the Columbus Division of Police following protests over police presence in schools. 

Protesters on the sidewalk of the Ohio Statehouse face Columbus Police officers, who stood in the middle of High Street, on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Two months after massive protests took over downtown Columbus, City Council has signed off on asking voters if they want independent police oversight.

Lion statue in front of Columbus Division of Police Central Headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus Police are urging the public to come forward with information regarding a series of recent shootings. 

Columbus Police confront protesters at a demonstration downtown on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus leaders announced a $250,000 independent review of the police department and city's response to recent protests in Columbus. 

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus voters will have a chance to weigh in on police oversight in November. City leaders on Monday announced a charter amendment that would create a Civilian Review Board, a major goal of police reformers.

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Black males account for 75% of the homicide victims in Columbus so far this year. Columbus Police report that as of July 8, out of 63 homicides, 42 of the victims were Black men or boys, while 10 were white males.

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Columbus City Council held a hearing about no-knock warrants as part of their Reimagining Public Safety legislative package on Thursday.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine flanked by Bureau of Criminal Investigation scientists, announced the state has completed testing a backlog of nearly 14,000 rape kits.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Ohio leaders say training is needed before they can fully roll out a website to track sexual assault evidence kits through the system. 

Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan at a press conference on Feb. 4, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Ten people were shot in Columbus over the weekend, and three people were killed. According to the city of Columbus, all of the victims were under the age of 26. 

Columbus Police confront protesters at a demonstration downtown on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

A group of protesters have filed a federal lawsuit against Columbus Police for injuries they sustained in late May and early June, alleging that officers used excessive force and violated their constitutional rights.

Protestors gather at the home of Columbus school board president Jennifer Adair in June, demaning the district stop using resource officers from Columbus Police.
Roger Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Columbus Police announced they are eliminating the placement of 20 high school resource officers and two sergeants within Columbus City Schools.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus Police report violent crimes in the city are on the rise, which officials link to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Quentin Smith was found guilty of aggravated murder in the death of Westerville Police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli.
Fred Squillante / Pool/Columbus Dispatch

The Columbus police union on Thursday demanded the immediate removal of an attorney from the recently-formed Civilian Review Board working group, while responding to critical comments made by Mayor Andrew Ginther.

Protesters on the sidewalk of the Ohio Statehouse face Columbus Police officers, who stood in the middle of High Street, on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Mayor Andrew Ginther on Wednesday said the city is referring 56 Columbus Police incidents to third parties for possible administrative or criminal charges.

A Columbus Police officer aims a pepper spray cannister at a protester's face on May 30, 2020.
Katie Forbes / Kforbesphotography

Columbus City Council on Tuesday is holding its first hearing on removing military-grade equipment from the Columbus Division of Police. 

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