Columbia Police Department

  • Agency: Columbia Police Department
  • Address: 600 East Walnut Street, Columbia, 65201 MO
  • Chief: Ken Burton (Chief of Police)
Phone: (573) 874-7652

Columbia Police Department is located at 600 East Walnut Street, Columbia, 65201 MO. The Chief of Police of the department is Ken Burton. The Columbia Police Department phone number is (573) 874-7652.

Columbia Police Department News

You may have seen some new CPD faces around town this week - that's because our 12 new recruits began their field training! They'll be with a Police Training Officer learning the ropes and responding to calls over the next four months before they'll be out on their own. In efforts of putting names to faces and introducing you to each new officer, we'll be featuring one a day in a post for the next 12 days. Be sure to say "hello" if you see them around! đź‘Ť#CoMo #CPDRookieRally

Wow! Thank you Boone Hospital Center for your support of Molly's Miles, an event in memory of our fallen sister Officer Molly Bowden. They've dedicated the cover, the inside cover, and a two-page spread of their winter edition magazine on honoring the survivors of fallen law enforcement officers! <3

Mark your calendars & take the plunge with officers on Saturday, March 3 at Bass Pro Shops Lake! All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri!

It's Throwback Thursday! This week's #tbt photo is of Officer Linda Fincham circa 2003.

Reminder - your opportunity to #SaveALife in memory of Officer Molly Bowden is THIS FRIDAY! Come out between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to Grace Bible Church on Blue Ridge and donate! Molly's Miles committee will also be on-site registering donors at a discounted rate for the upcoming Molly's Miles 5k, 10k, & Virtual Run that benefits Missouri COPS. We hope to see you there! #CoMo

Due to renovations, the Columbia Police Department lobby located at 600 E. Walnut Street will be temporarily closed starting at 8:00 a.m. this Friday, January 19 until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 29. Fingerprinting services will not be available during this time. Citizens are welcome to use the Records lobby located at 17 N. 7th Street from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for exchanges such as child custody or online transactions. The Records lobby will not be open after 5:00 p.m. or through the weekend. Crimes requiring an officer to be dispatched should be reported through Boone County Joint Communications by dialing 911 for emergencies or (573) 442-6131 for non-emergencies. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your understanding as we work to improve our facilities. Please note: Should fingerprinting services be needed during this time, citizens can contact our friends at University of Missouri Police Department or Boone County Sheriff's Department to arrange this service.

A friendly reminder on animal safety with temperatures dropping: 1.) Keep pets indoors and warm 2.) Take precautions if your dog spends a lot of time outside by providing temporary shelter from the winter elements 3.) Give pets plenty of water For more pet safety information go to If you have an animal complaint call City of Columbia Animal Control at (573) 449-1888

With temperatures dropping, please check on senior adults to see if they need any groceries, need help around the house or need medical attention.

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). Martin Luther King Jr. said it best when he said:

We're looking forward to seeing everyone registered for the Active Shooter/Violent Intruder Response Training tomorrow! Listen to a short preview of the training by Sgt. Hestir in an interview with Taylor Petras ABC 17 News!

Here's a few reminders for driving in #winterweather.

It's Throwback Thursday! This week's #tbt photo is of a 2002 PT Cruiser used as DARE vehicle.

In the words of Mayor Brian Treece, "'ve chosen January 10th as your retirement date; and as we stand here and recognize and congratulate Officer Corey Bowden, we also remember Officer Molly Bowden." Today was a very special day as we both honored the memory of Officer Molly Bowden who was mortally wounded on this date 13 years ago, and celebrated the retirement of her husband Officer Corey Bowden. "I did want to put a positive spin on this day," said Officer C. Bowden. On October 20, 1997, Officer Bowden began his career with CPD. Over the last 20+ years, he has served in several different capacities making an impact in each position. In 2000 he was selected to become a patrol rifle and less lethal operator. After only about 4 years with the department in 2001 he was chosen to be the Department’s Bomb Technician. Although this position was quite dangerous and the training and re-certifications were challenging Officer Bowden describes this assignment as one of his favorites. He went on to serve as a Field Training Officer and a School Resource Officer for John B. Lange Middle where he served for three years. In 2008, Officer Bowden became a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division where he was involved in many different types of cases. He finished the last four years of his career as a School Resource Officer for Muriel Battle High School where he has been instrumental in helping the department create and maintain relationships between CPD, the students, and the staff. "Most people in most professions would have turned away and some would have turned angry, but you turned to your department and to your brothers and sisters for strength and support and in so doing you made everyone around you stronger," said Mayor Treece We can't thank you enough, Officer Bowden. You will truly be missed at the department. Thank you for your service and commitment to this community for 20+ years and congratulations on your retirement!

In loving memory of Officer Molly Bowden, come out and #SaveALife next Friday at the Memorial Blood Drive at Grace Bible Church on Blue Ridge from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Staff with the American Red Cross advise there is "an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now to help address a winter blood donation shortage that could affect patient care." In addition to saving a life, you can also get a discount registration for the 2018 Molly's Miles 5k, 10k, & Virtual Run which honors Officer Molly Bowden and supports Missouri COPS. We hope to see you there!

Honoring Officer Molly Bowden, who was shot on January 10, 2005 while conducting a traffic stop at Nifong Boulevard and Forum Boulevard. Officer Bowden succumbed to her injuries on February 10, 2005. We will never forget everything Molly did for our agency and community. We miss you, Molly.

After 26 years of dedicated service, Detective Ron Hall retired today. Detective Hall began his career with CPD in 1992 as a Community Service Aide. Six years later he was promoted to Police Officer. Detective Hall was one of the first officers selected to be part of the Community Action Team during which time he worked closely with other city departments and law enforcement agencies to solve problems and reduce crime on a neighborhood level. In 2002 he transferred to the Vice Narcotics and Organized Crime (VNOC) Unit. He worked hundreds of cases related to drug trafficking and was selected to become the DEA Task Force Officer. In 2006, Detective Hall became a member of the STAR team (now known as SWAT) and was also chosen to work with a K-9 partner, Leah. Over the course of their partnership, Leah and Detective Hall located over $4.5 million in drugs seizures. Leah retired in 2015 and Detective Hall went back to the Patrol Division serving as a Police Training Officer. In 2017 he was selected to be a robbery/homicide detective where he used his extensive experience to help solve cases and assist other detectives. This same year, he was nominated by several peers and received the Molly Suzanne Thomas Bowden Officer of the Year Award. To say he will be missed at the department is an understatement. Congratulations on your retirement, Detective Hall, and thank you for your dedicated service to CPD and our community!


It's Throwback Thursday! This week's #tbt photo is with Detective Mike lederle and President George W. Bush on a campaign visit to Columbia in 2000.

CPD is looking forward to another great year. Happy 2018!


UPDATE: The money has been reunited with it's owner. :-) Thank you to the Good Samaritan that turned it in!

Please join us in congratulating Officer Scott Lenger for being selected as one of 20 leaders throughout #CoMo in Columbia Business Times 2018 20 Under 40! All 20 leaders will be celebrated at the 2018 20 Under 40 event on January 18th at Stephens College! #CoMo #CommunityPolicing

Several new surveillance photos from cases we need your help with have been posted to CrimeStoppers - Columbia/Boone County, MO at Each week we post a case from the page with #CanYouID. If you have information on the identities of any of the possible suspects, your tip may be eligible for a reward through CrimeStoppers. CrimeStoppers also ensures complete anonymity! Check the CrimeStoppers page often as we regularly provide them with new photos/video! For more information about #CanYouID, visit #CoMo #Community #CrimeFighters