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

Join us in welcoming four new officers to the Columbia Police Department! Congratulations Officer G. Peterson, Officer T. Korte, Officer J. Mills, and Officer N. Meyer! All four graduated this morning from the Law Enforcement Training Institute - LETI after undergoing 16 weeks of basic police training. They will begin their careers with CPD tomorrow when they are sworn in and start three weeks of training out at the CPD Regional Training Center. After that, they will work alongside a Police Training Officer for the next four and a half months before patrolling on their own. We are very proud of their accomplishments while in LETI and look forward to what the future holds for them here at the department! Welcome aboard!

We can't wait to celebrate our newest recruits tomorrow at the Law Enforcement Training Institute - LETI graduation! #CoMo #CPDRookieRally


New video surveillance pictures are added to the CrimeStoppers - Columbia/Boone County, MO website regularly - we need your help in identifying the suspects! CrimeStoppers is offering cash rewards for tips that lead to their identification, and tipsters can remain completely anonymous. Here's one of the many we could still use your help in, #CoMo: #CanYouID

Help us keep Columbia streets safer and check out our Most Wanted! #WarrantWednesday

Assistant Police Chief Brian Richenberger graduated from the FBI’s National Academy (FBINA) on March 16, 2018. He was part of the 271st session to complete the rigorous academy, where command level officers are nominated due to their demonstrated leadership qualities. The FBINA began in July of 1935 in order to create a more standardized level of professional training. Officers form partnerships and friendships with other academy classmates who hail from other states and countries. These relationships prove invaluable as colleagues can rely on each other and the skills each colleague possesses. “It was an honor to represent the Columbia Police Department at the FBI National Academy,” said Assistant Chief Richenberger. “I am grateful for the opportunity I was given to participate in this prestigious program.” During the 10-week course, which is held at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia, Assistant Chief Richenberger completed undergraduate and graduate level courses pertaining to crisis management and leadership, among others. He also endured demanding fitness challenges, including the 'Yellow Brick Road.' The 'Yellow Brick Road' fitness challenge involves a 6.1-mile run over a hilly trail, which was built by the United States Marine Corps. Along the run, participants must scale walls and jump through simulated windows. In addition to their training, students raised funds during the session for Concerns for Police Survivors, the family of a fallen Chicago Police Commander, and Special Olympics Virginia, as a way of giving back to their communities.

Last day to register online for Molly's Miles 5k, 10k, & Virtual Run! As extra motivation, Molly's Miles released photos of the 2018 Finisher Medal that all course finishers will receive! Register today at! All proceeds benefit Missouri COPS! Molly's Miles is named in remembrance of our fallen sister Officer Molly Bowden who was mortally wounded while conducting a routine traffic stop on the night of January 10, 2005. She passed away on February 10, 2005 at the age of 26 years old. She had been on the force for over three years and was the first Columbia Police Officer killed in the line of duty. #CoMo #NeverForget #MollysMilesRun

TRAFFIC ALERT: There will be a temporary closure of 8th Street tomorrow from approximately 1:15-2:00 p.m. Intersecting roads including: Elm St., Locust St., Cherry St., Broadway, and Walnut St. will be blocked off at 8th St for the March For Our Lives event. Please find alternate routes during this time. #CoMo

Spring Break is quickly approaching. Remember to safeguard valuables and remain vigilant before you begin your travels; read more about burglary prevention here: …. #CoMo

ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTION REPORTED TO CPD A child is safe after a reported attempted abduction in west Columbia on Tuesday, March 20. At 7:36 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, Columbia Police officers were notified of a past suspicious vehicle in the area of Chapel Hill Road and Handley Place. The preliminary investigation revealed at approximately 4:20 p.m. on March 20, an 11-year-old male juvenile was walking home from Fairview Elementary School located at 909 Fairview Road. The juvenile observed a vehicle pass him by multiple times before the vehicle came to a stop near the intersection of Chapel Hill Road and Handley Place. As the juvenile approached the intersection, the driver opened the passenger door and instructed the juvenile to get in. The juvenile ran from the vehicle and safely returned home. The vehicle is described as a sandy gold/brown, extended cab pick-up truck with a camper shell and tinted windows. The driver is described as a middle-aged white male with a white mustache and beard. He was last seen wearing a dark colored baseball cap and a dark colored shirt. Citizens are encouraged to remind children to remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings when walking or biking home. If possible, remain with a friend and notify an adult immediately should they see any suspicious vehicles or people.

Happy Spring!

Molly's Miles 5k, 10k, & Virtual Run is less than three weeks away! All proceeds benefit Missouri COPS. Register by tomorrow, March 20 at 11:59 p.m. to guarantee you receive a participant shirt (pictured below). Additional perks include a finisher medal for all course finishers, chip timing & live results, and awards by age groups. Visit for more information or to register today! Molly's Miles is named in remembrance of our own Officer Molly Bowden who was the first Columbia Police Officer killed in the line of duty. The events serves to honor the survivors of fallen law enforcement officers throughout the state. #CoMo

...and you all thought we only had K-9 officers. Tina the Chapel Hill and Forum Turkey is on patrol today! 😂 👮 #NewRecruit

Today we celebrated the promotion of Officer Scott Lenger to Sergeant! Sgt. Lenger is returning to the Patrol Division as a supervisor after spending the last two years as a Community Outreach Unit (COU) officer. He has been with the department since 2011 and has served as a Patrol officer, a DWI officer, and a COU officer. Sgt. Lenger additionally specializes as a Major Crash Reconstructionist, a Drug Recognition Expert, a rifle operator, and teaches classes at the Law Enforcement Training Institute - LETI. He has worked diligently both in COU and outside of the unit building relationships with citizens. He was recently honored in the Columbia Business Times 2018's 20 Under 40 as an emerging leader in our community. He always has a smile on his face, and we're so fortunate to have him as a leader on our team. Please join us in congratulating Sgt. Lenger on his achievement!

After 26 years of dedicated service in law enforcement, 21 of which were serving the City of Columbia, Sgt. Mike Maynard retired today. He began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Missouri Capitol Police. In 1997, Sgt. Maynard began as a Patrol Officer with the Columbia Police Department. During his time in the Patrol Division, he worked as a rifle operator, a Field Training Officer, and eventually a member of the SWAT Team where he served over 10 years. In 2003, Sgt. Maynard transitioned to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) as a detective. Two years later, he was promoted to Sergeant and returned to the Patrol Division for a short time before taking over supervision of crimes against persons in CID. In 2014, Sgt. Maynard was awarded Supervisor of the Year. His dedication to this profession, the department, his fellow officers, and this community will be severely missed. Congratulations on your retirement, Sgt. Maynard and best wishes on your future endeavors!

We have a great team in our Information Center (formally the Records Unit) who work diligently each and every day to fulfill requests!

Today, members of the Columbia Police Honor Guard and Patrol officers were among hundreds of other law enforcement officers and citizens that gathered to say goodbye to Clinton Missouri Police Department Officer Christopher "Ryan" Morton. Officer Morton was killed in the line of duty last Tuesday after responding to a 911 call. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard and had been on the force for three years as both a reserve and full-time officer. Our hearts continue to grieve for Officer Morton's family, friends, co-workers, and the community of Clinton, Missouri. Godspeed, Officer Morton. #WeStandWithYou #ClintonPD

Remember Officer Justin Anthony and his basketball team? Columbia Missourian reporter Margaret Austin recently followed up with him to see how the team's doing now and to reflect on the great memories made last year. Another great feature article from the Columbia Missourian, thank you!

We would like to thank Officer Keegan Hughes with Blue Springs Police Department for choosing to honor Columbia Police Officer Molly Bowden on March 25 during his St. Louis to Kansas City Project Remember, Mo. In full police uniform, Officer Hughes, supported by a group of volunteers, will run 260 miles from St. Louis to Kansas City. He will be raising money for @AnsweringTheCall911, a first responder charity that gives 100% of all donations to first responders in their time of need. On March 25, Officer Hughes and the volunteers will start the day speaking about Officer Bowden and then carry a flag the entire distance of the day's run in her honor. After the day has been completed, they will retire the flag and present it to Molly's family. For more information about the effort, visit

We've received at least four more reports of calls like this today! #ScamAlert

Utility phone scams are making their way around #CoMo again. Remember the City of Columbia will never call and demand payment for utilities by phone!

Officers are still investigating the Feb. 17 fatal pedestrian collision on I-70 where the driver left the scene. We're asking again for the community's assistance with any information related to this incident; please contact Officer Nate Turner at (573) 874-7652. No amount of information is too small. #CoMo

Take a moment to learn more about Sgt. Robert Fox who's leading the community policing project with City Manager Mike Matthes. Thank you to reporter Madison Czopek and the Columbia Missourian for the thorough article!

A special treat for Officer Kaneaster and his recruit, Officer Tarrants, to hang out with the kiddos of Down To Earth Preschool a couple days last week presenting on what police officers do, their equipment, vehicles, and general safety tips. Thank you for having us out! #CoMo

It's been nearly seven years since Kylan Stubler was last seen. Detectives continue to work this and other Missing Persons cases. If you have any information on the case of Mr. Stubler, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (573) 874-7652.