CHPD Official Publications and Studies
In 2012 the Columbia Heights Police Department partnered with Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Greater Twin Cities, and the Columbia Heights Public Schools, to launch a school-based mentoring program. This program has an adult mentor paired with a youth whom they meet with for one hour a week, over a lunch period. The response to the program was very positive with good feedback from both the “Bigs” and the “Littles”. While we believed this program was accomplishing great things, we wanted to conduct an analysis to ensure we are meeting the expectations we had set for ourselves. The highlights of the survey given to police department employees are here.
Circle Terrace Study 2016
In 2016, the Columbia Heights Police Department conducted a survey of residents in and around the Circle Terrace Blvd Neighborhood. This survey is a way to measure police effectiveness in this particular neighborhood, create a sampling of the city as a whole, and create a benchmark for future evaluation of police and community efforts. The study is available here.Evaluation of the School Resource Program
This paper is a qualitative analysis of the Columbia Heights School Resource Officer (SRO) program, which is a collaboration between Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) and the Columbia Heights Police Department (CHPD). The CHPD views the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of performance, as well as the application of industry best practices as key components to an effective system. To read the evaluation study click here.
Circle Terrace Park Proposal
This project proposes a multi-use building in LaBelle Park on Circle Terrace Blvd.
The LaBelle Park Police Services and Community Education Building project proposal, co-authored by Chief Scott Nadeau and Sergeant Justin Pletcher, can be viewed here:
Six Month Implementation Study of the Columbia Heights Police Department Body Worn Camera Program
The Columbia Heights Police Department (CHPD) implemented a department wide body worn camera program in February of 2015. A six month study of the program was conducted to determine the impact the cameras have made and what improvements should be made to better utilize the technology. The study, conducted by Sergeant Matt Markham, is now available in pdf format at:
CHPD Study of Community Oriented Policing Effectiveness
In March 2014, the Columbia Heights Police Department (CHPD) initiated a comprehensive and scientific study which was designed to measure the effectiveness of community policing efforts made by the CHPD since the philosophical change in policing practice in 2009. This study is now complete and we are excited to share the positive findings with the community. With the assistance of educators, department staff, city staff, and other important stakeholders (Columbia Heights Public Schools, other criminal justice partners, etc.), the CHPD gathered and analyzed both quantitative and qualitative data sets to reach several findings on the overall effectiveness of its community policing efforts. While the citizen survey which was a part of the overall study metrics was released in 2014, the entire study is now available in pdf format at:
As the department is interested in performance improvement, community collaboration, and public transparency, we invite the public to read this study and forward any comments or suggestions to the Police Department through phone calls, email, Facebook or at our various community forums.