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
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
- 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
- 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
“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.