Columbus Police Department: Chief of Police | Columbus Consolidated Government
Chief Ricky Boren
Chief Ricky Boren took office in November 2004 after serving as Assistant Chief. He began his career with the department as a patrol officer on December 13, 1971. Chief Boren has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University, and is a Georgia Law Enforcement Command College graduate. Chief Boren successfully completed the 148th session of the FBI National Academy as well as Leadership Columbus. Under Chief Boren's leadership, the department has maintained national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and state accreditation through the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Assistant Chief Gil Slouchick
Assistant Chief Gil Slouchick began his career with the Columbus Police Department as a Cadet in 1976. He became Assistant Chief in 2017 after serving as the Major of Investigative Services. Assistant Chief Slouchick holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University, he is also a graduate of the 240th session of the F.B.I Nation Academy, and the Georgia association of Chiefs of Police Command College.
Units of the Office of the Chief of Police
Office of Professional Standards
The Office of Professional Standards is charged with the responsibility of maintaining high standards and integrity of our department. This function is frequently called "Internal Affairs."
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The Budget Office is responsible for the planning, preparation and administration of the Department's annual budget. Their other responsibilities include federal grant management, invoice administration, reimbursement claims, procurement of office supplies, and conducting internal audits. The Budget Officer and a Fiscal Technician provide these services.
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 Analysis Unit
The Crime Analysis Unit collects and analyzes crime data to detect trends and areas of concern that may need to be targeted by patrol officers or investigators. Administrators also use the information as a management tool to assist them in manpower allocation. This Unit also monitors the latest Appeals Court decisions in important criminal cases to insure that our personnel have the latest information on current legal doctrine.
The Chief's Office also administrates the activities of other specialized units that are staffed on an as-needed basis (officers who have other primary assignments within the Department). These include the SWAT Team, Columbus Metro Narcotics Unit, Honor Guard, Police Chaplain and the Columbus-Metro Emergency Response Team (CMERT), which is a part of the Columbus Department of Homeland Security.