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Organizational Structure The Columbus Division of Police is organized into six subdivisions. The subdivisions include the Public Accountability, Patrol Operations, Special Operations, Criminal Investigations, Community Services and Support Services. Each subdivision is commanded by a Deputy Chief. (Listed below.) The nature of each task to be performed determines which subdivision has responsibility and authority.

The individual subdivisions are further divided into bureaus or zones, each of which fulfills a more specific mission. Each zone or bureau is supervised by a police commander.

The zones or bureaus are subdivided into sections or watches and are commanded by a police lieutenant or civilian employee of equivalent position. The sections and watches are broken down into precincts, units, squads, or teams. Each is commanded by a police sergeant or civilian.

The Division of Police operates in a semi-military manner. Authority descends from superior to subordinate and responsibility ascends from subordinate to superior.

Deputy Chief Michael Woods

(Interim) Chief Michael Woods


Deputy Chief Thomas Quinlan Support Services Subdivision

Deputy Chief Richard Bash

Deputy Chief Richard Bash Public Accountability Subdivision

Deputy Chief Timothy Becker

Deputy Chief Timothy Becker Criminal Investigations Subdivision

Deputy Chief Kenneth Kuebler

Deputy Chief Kenneth Kuebler Special Operations Subdivision


Deputy Chief Gregory Bodker Patrol Operations Subdivision


Deputy Chief Jennifer Knight Community Services Subdivision