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.
2021 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 2020, officers, civilian employees, and supervisors reviewed the 2020 Strategic Plan and provided input in developing the new Strategic Plan for 2021.
We also solicited 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 in order to assure that the plan is responsive to what the community expects from its Police Department. Click here for the 2021 Strategic Plan.
2018 Annual Report
We as an agency have continued to evolve our training and policies when it comes to police use of force. We as a department hold the highest regard for the dignity and liberty of all persons. Our officers are trained for several years in de-escalation, bias awareness, and crisis intervention to ensure that we are prepared to perform our duties in situations with the least amount of force needed. For more about our training, go here.Immigration Statement
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.
Staff Contact Information
Lenny Austin, Chief of Police
Phone: (763) 706-8100 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erik Johnston, Captain
Phone: (763) 706-8131 | Email: EJohnston@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Matt Markham, Captain
Phone: (763) 706-8109 | Email: MMarkham@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Erik Hanson, Sergeant
Phone: (763) 706-8105 | Email: EHanson@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Justin Pletcher, Sergeant
Phone: (763) 706-8107 | Email: JPletcher@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Tim Noll, Sergeant
Phone: (763) 706-8115 | Email: TNoll@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Jason Piehn, High School Liaison Officer
Phone: (763) 706-8116 | Email: JPiehn@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Ibrahim Farah, Middle School Liaison Officer
Phone: (763) 706-8143 | Email: IFarah@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Bill Monberg, Community Oriented Policing
Phone: (763) 706-8139 | Email: BMonberg@columbiaheightsmn.gov
Karen Olson, Office Supervisor
Phone: (763) 706-8106 | Email: KOlson2@columbiaheightsmn.gov