COLUMBIA — The supervisory culture of the Columbia Police Department is "approaching toxicity," according to a review of the department released Tuesday morning.
In an email with the report, City Manager Mike Matthes said “the community has lowered the report card of the police department from a B to a D over six years.”
The report, conducted by Eric A. Anderson Associates, recommends that the chief and his senior command staff be reviewed to determine their capacity for leadership, given the public failures the department has endured over the past few years. It also recommends extensive training for officers and the construction of a new police headquarters.
Ongoing problems within the department include low morale and unclear department mission, vision and values, according to the report.
Matthes conducted a press conference at 9 a.m. at City Hall to discuss the recommendations of the report to counter these issues.