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Chief W. H. “Skip” Holbrook

On behalf of the dedicated employees of the Columbia Police Department, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website.  I hope you find it informative and helpful in getting to know more about the Columbia Police Department, our employees, and the services we offer.

CPD Press Releases.

Update: Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested

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The male suspect accused of shooting a teenager outside of a Millwood Avenue convenience store over the summer has been arrested. 19-year-old Rayonne Z. Ashford turned himself in to a…

Conviction and Sentencing in 2018 Murder Investigation

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The murder suspect Columbia Police Department investigators arrested in 2018 has been convicted of the violent crime and sentenced to prison. After deliberating for 45 minutes yesterday, a Richland County…

Auto-Breaking Suspect Wanted in Multiple Counties Arrested

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A 31-year-old male accused of committing multiple property crimes in the City of Columbia, and Richland and Lexington Counties has been arrested. CPD alone served the suspect with fourteen arrest…

Teen Charged After Loaded Gun Found at C.A. Johnson High

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A Columbia Police Department (CPD) School Resource Officer (SRO) has arrested a 17-year-old male accused of bringing a loaded gun to a high school.   Police Chief W. H. ‘Skip’…

Crimestoppers: Surveillance Picture of Murder Suspect Vehicle Released

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In an effort to determine the identity of a murder suspect, Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators are releasing a surveillance picture of a car connected to a Ripplemeyer Avenue shooting…

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2020 Internal Affairs Report

The Office of Professional Standard’s Internal Affairs Unit produces an annual report to inform citizens about incidents of officer-involved shootings, use of force, vehicle pursuits, officer-involved collisions and complaints of misconduct. The report provides a complete overview of our internal affairs activities along with supporting data and information.

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Public Data Initiative

The Columbia Police Department’s Public Data Initiative provides accessible, convenient and transparent information for those seeking details about our operations.

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Midlands Most Wanted

Help us stop crime by viewing the current list of suspects.

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Runaway Investigations

In an effort to locate juveniles who have been reported as runaways by family members, guardians or the SC Department of Social Services, the Columbia Police Department (CPD) is highlighting ongoing investigations.

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