Deputy Chief Ronnie Hastings
Bureau of Investigative Services

Deputy Chief Ronnie Hastings

Deputy Chief Ronnie Hastings began his career with the Columbus Police Department as a Patrolman on July 12, 1986. As a Patrolman, he served in the Bureau of Patrol Services at the South Precinct, Downtown, D.U.I. Task Force and the North Precinct.

On August 28, 1999 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served in both the Burglary/Theft and Special Operations Divisions.

On August 28, 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served in the Robbery/Assault Division the Bureau of Patrol Services as an Assistant Shift Commander.

On April 30, 2016 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and served as a Patrol Services Shift Commander.

On January 2, 2021 he was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief where he currently serves as the commander of the Bureau of Investigative Services.

He earned Associates' and Bachelor's Degrees in Criminal Justice from Columbus College. He earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He completed the Professional Management Program and Georgia Law Enforcement Command College through the Georgia Association of Chief's of Police.

Bureau of Investigative Services

The Bureau of Investigative Services provides follow-up and specialized investigative services. The bureau is headed by a Deputy Chief and two Captains directly under the Deputy Chief's command. One of the Captains is the Executive Officer for the bureau, while the other Captain oversees the Special Operations Division. The bureau is currently composed of the following divisions: Homicide Division, Robbery/Assault Division, Property Crimes Division, Crime Scene Division, and the Special Operations Division.

Homicide Division

The Homicide Division investigates criminal or suspicious deaths that involve long-term and/or high profile investigations. This division handles both recent cases and pursues unsolved cases from previous years.

Robbery / Assault Division

The Robbery and Assault Division investigates, within this division, other part one crimes, including commercial and personal robberies, as well as assault crimes.

Property Crimes Division

The Property Crimes Division is comprised of four units.

The Burglary/Theft Unit investigates burglaries, felony thefts and various types of property damage.

The Pawnshop Unit oversees local pawnshop businesses which include the following: Checking pawnshop articles for possible stolen items, entering and maintaining a computerized database of all pawned articles, and investigating persons involved with stolen pawned articles.

The Financial Crimes Unit investigates activities involving improper use of documents of legal tender and other criminal activities commonly referred to as "white collar" crimes.

The Adult/Youth Services Unit concentrates on the illegal activities of juveniles (under 17) to include Ungovernable/Runaways. This unit also investigates and reports missing persons of any age.

Crime Scene Division

The Crime Scene Division is a highly specialized unit consisting of trained and certified technicians who provide photo and evidence processing at crime scenes.

Special Operations Division

The Special Operations Division investigates all complaints concerning narcotics, trafficking, prostitution, gambling and ABC violations. In addition, this unit consists of a Tactical Unit that can be deployed to handle any situation that requires an immediate law enforcement response, such as a crime suppression detail for burglaries and robberies.