Deputy Chief Wanna Barker-Wright
Bureau of Administrative Services

Deputy Chief Wanna Barker-Wright

Deputy Chief Wanna Barker-Wright has been employed with the Columbus Police Department since April 30, 1977. As a member of the Columbus Police Department, she has served in the Patrol Division, the Robbery and Homicide Division, the Gang Task Force, Juvenile Services and Administrative Service Division.

Deputy Chief Barker-Wright has a Master of Elementary Education degree, a Master of Public Administration degree, and a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree. She has attended GA Law Enforcement Command College through Columbus State University and she is a graduate of Total Quality Management (TQM) Leadership Class sponsored by the Columbus Consolidated Government. She is one of the Founders of Rho Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Bureau of Administrative Services

The Bureau of Administrative Services manages the major administrative organizational functions and specialized programs in the Department. These range from training to senior citizens programs.

Training Division

The Training Division provides a variety of training, testing and certification services for department members. Most of this training is provided in-house, including in-service, recruit, field training officer, firearms and much more. Outside training and certification services are also coordinated through this unit.

Personnel Division

Due to the large number of employees and the special employment eligibility requirements, the Department maintains its own Personnel Unit that is responsible for several essential functions including payroll management, police recruitment and pre-employment processing.

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Polygraph Unit

The Polygraph Unit conducts polygraph tests for the Department as well as other federal, state and local agencies upon request. Departmental tests usually relate to criminal or administrative issues ("specific issue" investigations) and pre-employment background processing.

Crime Stoppers

The Crime Stoppers/Gun Stoppers program provides the citizens of Columbus with means of providing the Department with anonymous crime information. Citizens may call Crime Stoppers at 653-3188 with any information about any criminal information in Columbus, Phenix City (Alabama) or Ft. Benning.

Handicapped Parking Enforcement

Under the Handicapped Parking Enforcement program, volunteers are trained and authorized to enforce the Handicapped Parking ordinance in Muscogee County. This program has proved effective in citing those who abuse handicapped parking privileges.