The Columbia Heights Police Department is committed to active partnerships with the community in order to protect life and property, innovatively solve problems, and enhance the safety and quality of life in the communities we serve.
- Committed - As a group, we are committed to the honest and fair treatment of all our community members, while recognizing that each citizen has different needs and values.
- Helpful - Employees of the CHPD will strive to meet the needs of our community and the people that we have contact with. We are mindful that we draw our authority from the public, and it is our mandate to assist others whenever possible.
- Professional - The employees of the CHPD will hold themselves to the highest professional standards, utilizing the best practices in law enforcement to carry out our duties professionally and with integrity.
- Dedicated - The CHPD is dedicated to excellence in its delivery of law enforcement services. We will seek opportunities to serve in a manner that exceeds expectations and adheres to the ideals of the United States Constitution and our professional Oath of Honor.
The 2017 CHPD Annual Report which includes; a letter from Chief Austin, a description of our major initiatives from the past year, our Community Oriented Policing and Problem Oriented Policing strategies, an explanation of crime stats, and many cool photos. Click here for the annual report.
2019 Strategic Plan
Since 2009, the CHPD has operated under a Strategic Plan that outlines goals and objectives in support of our overall mission of creating a safe community. In December 2018, officials met to review the 2018 Strategic Plan and develop the new Strategic Plan for 2019. The plan is available here.
2018 Strategic Plan
In December 2017, several members of the CHPD staff to include officers, civilian employees and supervisors met to review the 2017 Strategic Plan and develop the new Strategic Plan for 2018. In the weeks preceding this meeting, staff got input from community partners including Neighborhood Watch groups and other residents, members of the Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, representatives of the School District, businesses, and other city departments. The plan is available here.
The Columbia Heights Police Department has not, and will not, be asking for the immigration status of those we come into contact with. As a police agency it is essential that we have the trust of all of our residents and that we do not have or create barriers to residents wanting to work with us or report crimes.
April 2017 Police-Community Immigration Dialogue Highlights
The Columbia Heights Police Department and the Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee hosted a Police-Community Dialogue. The focus of this dialogue was immigration and issues surrounding it. The event was held on April 18 at The Church of All Nations in Columbia Heights. There was great discussion and participation. To read the questions and highlights of the answers from the attendees click here.
Tips and Techniques to Keep You from Being a Victim
Officer Noll shares some of his experience gained from being a police officer for 11 years. The tips relate to person on person crimes (robbery, assaults and thefts). The article is available here.
Staff Contact Information
Lenny Austin, Chief of Police
Phone: (763) 706-8100 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ted Fischer, Sergeant
Phone: (763) 706-8108 | Email: TFischer@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Matt Markham, Captain
Phone: (763) 706-8109 | Email: MMarkham@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Erik Johnston, Captain
Phone: (763) 706-8131 | Email: EJohnston@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Justin Pletcher, Sergeant
Phone: (763) 706-8107 | Email: JPletcher@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Andy Museus, Sergeant
Phone: (763) 706-8110 | Email: AMuseus@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Tim Noll, Investigator
Phone: (763) 706-8115 | Email: TNoll@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Jason Piehn, High School Liaison Officer
Phone: (763) 706-8116 | Email: JPiehn@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Paul Bonesteel, Middle School Liaison Officer
Phone: (763) 706-8117 | Email: PBonesteel@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Karen Olson, Office Supervisor
Phone: (763) 706-8106 | Email: KOlson2@columbiaheightsmn.gov