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Columbia Police Department criticized in review

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 9:14 a.m. CST; updated 10:45 a.m. CST, Tuesday, March 6, 2012
People attending the press conference listen to City Manager Mike Matthes and Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton on Tuesday morning at the Daniel Boone City Building. Matthes conducted the press conference to discuss recommendations and criticisms made in a report from Eric A. Anderson Associates.

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.”

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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.


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Sally Willis March 6, 2012 | 1:20 p.m.

It's always easy to insult things your not involved in and to to point fingers. Did this report say how to fix the problems? Also did those conducitng this report know what this city has become and what these oficers and citizens have to deal with on the day to day? Some of these people here have made our neighborhoods places we can't even go outside what is anyone supposed to do with all this stress?

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Ray Shapiro March 6, 2012 | 2:16 p.m.

Sally:
Read the report.
It provides a whole slew of recommendations.
http://www.columbiamissourian.com/multim...

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Harold Sutton March 6, 2012 | 5:51 p.m.

Wel, I read the full report! And it is so long that it sounds as confusing as the questionable, confusing, or incomplete policies and directives it referred to.

I cannot help but think that there are an number of factions and individuals who are rubbing their hands with glee!!

Toxicity!!!! That is a very strong statement!!

And yet the crime comparisions between Columbia and the other four cities here in Missouri reflect very favorable on CPD. Some one explain that in simple terms!!!

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