Columbus Division of Police Diversity & Inclusion Liaisons
In February, 2015 (former) Chief Kimberley Jacobs announced the Division’s addition of Diversity & Inclusion Liaison officers as a way to better connect with some community groups in Columbus. She recognized that the city is diverse and many new Americans and others may not have built-in trust for the police or feel more comfortable communicating with someone that may better understand where they are coming from.
The liaisons are officers who have cultural competency and a credible understanding of issues that affect LGBT, African-American and New American populations in Columbus. They are a visible and valuable resource to our community and are committed to serving all members in our community in a trustworthy and unbiased manner.
The liaisons will keep their current assignments in Patrol but they will also attend community meetings and communicate with community members through email and phone calls.
Their interest in taking on this challenging role shows their dedication to improving relationships with our citizens, assisting fellow officers and supporting members of the Division in attaining our vision statement: United in the spirit of teamwork, the Columbus Division of Police will be a trustworthy, diverse, progressive and community-minded organization devoted to providing excellent public service. We will be unyielding in purpose and dedicated to live by our core values which reflect our genuine desire to care for the safety and well-being of our community and our employees.
Officer Khaled Bahgat
Officer Khaled Bahgat was born in Cairo, Egypt, March 1965. After completing 6th grade, he moved to Kuwait with his family for the following four years. In 1980, his family made the bold move to migrate to the United States.
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Sgt. James Fuqua
Sgt. James Fuqua is a Columbus native and graduated from South High School and then served in the U.S. Army. He became a police officer when he saw that every day was different, and realized the impact that officers had on people.
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