Changes announced at Columbus PD

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Four longtime veterans of the Columbus Police Department are being reassigned to the patrol division and another is being assigned additional duties, in what is touted as an effort to put experience back on the streets.

Interim Police Chief Selvain McQueen told The Dispatch in Columbus that the department is short-handed and relatively young.

McQueen said a reallocation of resources will help ensure better public safety. Currently, 75 percent of the department’s 69 officers have less than seven years of experience. Approximately six officers have been with the department less than a year.