Mission Aligned Policing Philosophy


To effect lasting organizational change and achieve greater agency effectiveness, the Division of Police has established a mission statement that encompasses the basic tenets of effective policing. This mission statement identifies the agency’s priorities and serves as a standard for gauging the effectiveness of strategies and tactics. This mission statement serves as the foundation of the Mission Aligned Policing Philosophy (MAPP).

  • We, the men and women of the Columbus Division of Police, are dedicated to improving the quality of life in our city. This will be accomplished by enhancing public safety through cooperative interaction with our community and with other public and private agencies.
  • We are committed to reducing fear by maintaining order and peace.
  • We are responsible for protecting life and property, enforcing laws, and taking all appropriate measures to combat crime.
  • We are organized, staffed, and trained to maximize effective and efficient public service and to maintain a positive work environment. We work to fulfill the mission of the Columbus Division of Police in a way that inspires the public’s trust and confidence and protects the Constitutional rights of each citizen.






In alignment with the Division's mission and the enhanced focus on community oriented policing brought about by the C.O.P.’s grant and the actions of City Council, the Columbus Police Division has identified three components for implementing the Mission Aligned Policing Strategy: