Deputy Chief Jeffrey Blackwell
Deputy Chief Jeffrey Blackwell is a 22-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Police. He graduated from the Police Academy in 1987 and held positions in Patrol, Traffic and Cold Case Homicide Divisions before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1994. As a Sergeant, he worked in the Divisions of Patrol, Traffic, Burglary, Narcotics and Internal Affairs and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2000. He served as the Administrative Lieutenant and later as the Traffic Lieutenant before being promoted to Commander in November 2005. After 2 ½ years as the Zone 1 Patrol Commander, he was assigned to the Strategic Response Bureau Commander in January 2008. In August 2009, Deputy Chief Blackwell ranked #1 on the Deputy Chief promotional examination and was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief. Currently, Deputy Chief Blackwell oversees the Administrative Sub-Division which consists of the Training Bureau, Business and Personnel Bureau, and the Professinal Standards Bureau.
Deputy Chief Blackwell holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. Additionally, Deputy Chief Blackwell has completed extensive training from FEMA on Emergency Preparedness and is a Certified Instructor for Basic Police Training for the Division. He has also completed Interview and Interrogation training and attended Southern Police Institute (SPI) as well as Police Executive Leadership College (PELC).
During his time with the Columbus Division of Police, Deputy Chief Blackwell has received several Special Accommodations for bravery and dedication to duty. Additionally, he was nominated for the Mayor’s Award of Excellence in 2005 for his dedicated work as a Chairman of the Photo Red Light committee. This committee was responsible for obtaining City Council approval and city-wide support for the implementation of the Photo Red Light technology. These “red-light” cameras are at 20 intersections within the city and an integral component of the division’s overall traffic management program. Deputy Chief Blackwell sits on numerous boards and committees including Franklin County Safe Communities, Fatality Review Board, Car-Teens and Walk Your Child to School. Deputy Chief Blackwell has also taken the lead in the Division’s effort to adapt and change with respect to the influx of Somali and Hispanic residents to the City. Along with the Community Relations Commission, Deputy Chief Blackwell has developed training programs and speaks regularly at events sponsored by “Newcomer” groups. These endeavors illustrate Deputy Chief Blackwell’s commitment to safety, community and youth.
Deputy Chief Blackwell was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He spent most of his childhood growing up in an inner city neighborhood and now gives his time outside of the Division working with inner-city youth serving as a mentor and helping young people build character and develop leadership skills.
The following Bureaus are contained within the Administrative Subdivision:
Business and Personnel Bureau
Professional Standards Bureau