Chief Kim Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from The Ohio State University and was a 4-year letter winner for the OSU Women’s Track team. She is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program (CLEE). Chief Jacobs serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Family Safety and Healing, the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation, and is a member of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council and Pride Council.

Chief Jacobs entered the Columbus Division of Police in October, 1979. This was only four years after the Division first started training women to work in Patrol. She was the first woman in the Division to be promoted to Commander in 1995, to Deputy Chief in 2009 and to Chief of Police in 2012.

As an officer, Chief Jacobs trained 7 recruits as a Field Training Officer and taught veterans in the new, at that time, intermediate weapon, the PR-24. Throughout her career, Chief Jacobs has been actively involved in numerous projects to improve operations and as an instructor at the Division’s Academy for numerous supervisor development, in-service and recruit classes. Among those accomplishments are her work in helping to set up and start the Division’s Citizen Police Academy, the creation of a fifth radio talk group to reduce congestion on the radio,  the creation of a separate Domestic Violence report when the new law went into effect, the complete reorganization of Internal Affairs to investigate all citizen complaints, implementing hands-on drivers training during in-service training for the first time, serving as host for President Obama when he appeared at the graduation ceremony for the 114th recruit class and in 2009-2010, putting together a new staffing and redistricting plan which included adding two new precincts.

 

Promotional Background & Assignments

  • Entered Division on October 21, 1979, and upon graduation was assigned to Patrol and worked on the west side of Columbus. During that time served as a Field Training Officer (FTO) for several years.
  • Promoted to Sergeant in 1987, assigned to Patrol and the Patrol Administrative office.
  • Promoted to Lieutenant in 1991, assigned to Patrol Zone 3 and as the Patrol Deputy Chief’s Administrative Staff Lieutenant.
  • Promoted to Commander in 1995, assigned to Communications, Internal Affairs, Patrol Zone 4, and the Training Bureau.
  • Promoted to Deputy Chief in 2009, assigned to the Patrol East Subdivision, Patrol South Subdivision and then the Administrative Subdivision.
  • Promoted to Chief of Police in 2012.