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Melanie Crabill
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Kevin Kilbane
Director of Communications
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Media Advisory
News Date: August 21, 2019

City of Columbus Releases Operational Review on Division of Police

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther released the operational review of the Columbus Division of Police conducted by Matrix Consulting this afternoon. The report praised CPD for its policies and training, while also finding many areas for improvement and efficiencies.

“We hired an independent third-party consulting firm to conduct an operational review of the Columbus Division of Police through the lens of 21st century policing. Matrix Consulting has worked with our officers, community members and city staff over the last year to develop the report that we are making available to you today,” said Mayor Ginther. “I look forward to digesting the report more fully and implementing strategies for a stronger Columbus.”

Key findings of the report include:

  • Disparities in the perception of policing: While overall perceptions of CPD are very high (80%), the positive perceptions drop significantly among black residents (61%).
  • Disparities in the Division: Perceptions of bias and discrimination within CPD vary greatly. 51% of black employees have experienced discrimination. Gender bias and sexual orientation appear to be issues, as well.
  • Supervision: While Matrix found policies and training at CPD are excellent, implementation of these policies and procedures is inconsistent.
  • Deployment: Matrix suggested ways to improve deployment of officers to assure that appropriate number of officers are on duty at the right time.
  • Officer wellness: Matrix found significant room for enhancing officer well-being, including expanding the definition of trauma and continuing to instill a stronger cultural understanding around the need for psychological care.
  • Seniority: Special assignments and promotions are based too heavily on seniority instead of merit.

The report will be used by the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission as it prepares its recommendations for Mayor Ginther on policing. Mayor Ginther said he will also form an implementation committee to take on the tasks of carrying out the recommendations in the report and the Safety Commission.

“I am happy to receive this report that gives concrete and impartial data to the operations of our Division of Police,” said Janet Jackson, chair of the Safety Advisory Commission. “It will be valuable data as we craft our recommendations.”

The full report can be viewed here.

About Matrix Consulting: Matrix Consulting Group has conducted over 350 studies for law enforcement agencies across the United States and Canada. Its team is led by experts that including both analysts and former public safety managers providing comprehensive analysis in areas that range from management and staffing studies to patrol beat design and deployment.