Columbus Police Department: Chief of Police | Columbus Consolidated Government
Chief Freddie Blackmon
Chief Freddie Blackmon took office in November 2020. Chief Blackmon began his career as a Patrol Officer on April 7, 1986. As a Patrol Officer, he served in the 911 Center, Patrol Division, Gang Task Force, and Tactical Squad. As a Detective, he worked in the Vice/Narcotics Squad. After his promotion to Sergeant, he served in the Patrol Division, Vice/Narcotics Squad, Metro Narcotics Task Force, the Juvenile Diversion Unit, and the Training Division. Upon his promotion to Lieutenant, he worked in the Patrol Division, Robbery/Homicide Squad, and Training Division. Also, he was assigned to the Crisis Negotiation Team and he was the Commander for the Mobile Field Force Team. After his promotion to Captain, he was assigned as Personnel Director for the Columbus Police Department. As a Major, he was in charge of the Office of Professional Standards.
Chief Blackmon has a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Troy State University. Also, he completed Management Development Training through the University of Georgia, Leadership Columbus and graduated from the 265th session of the FBI National Academy.
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.