Columbus Ohio Division of Police

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  • Columbus, Ohio is located in the center of the state. It is the state's capital. [1]
  • Population: 905,748 (2020) making it Ohio's most populous city and the 14th-most populous city in the U.S.[1]
  • Officers: 1,885[2]

Body Camera Policy

Department policy states that officers must activate their cameras when dispatched on calls for service, for self-initiated activity, and for several other categories of activity.[3]

On March 29, 2022, the city approved a $19 million, five year contract for body-worn camera, vehicle cameras with license plate readers, camera for interview rooms, and cameras that are designed to be mounted on specialty tactical gear. The city will get unlimited cloud storage for video, a first for any department in the county. The cameras will automatically activate when an officer draws their weapon, when a cruiser's lights and siren are in use, when a vehicle's rifle or shotgun rack is opened, or when a cruiser is operated at high speed or is involved in a crash.[4]



Policy Changes

On February 1, 2021, the Columbus City Council passed "Andre's Law", which requires city police officers to turn on their body-worn cameras when exiting their vehicles, and to get medical care for use of force cases that involve injury. The law was named for Andre Hill.[5]