The Columbia Police Department has a new household for officers in north Columbia.
The division minimize the ribbon Wednesday afternoon on the Molly Thomas Bowden Local community Policing Middle at 1204 Global Drive.
Molly Thomas Bowden was shot Jan 10, 2005, in the line of responsibility and later died. She was 26. The center is named in her honor.
Speakers welcoming community customers, the Columbia Town Council, metropolis staff members, office officers and ambassadors with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce had been Mayor Brian Treece, Columbia Law enforcement Main Geoff Jones, Thomas Bowden’s moms and dads, Dave and Bev Thomas, and Thomas Bowden’s then-Chief Randy Boehm.
“(She) served our community with dignity, humanity and sacrifice,” Treece said about Thomas Bowden.
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The policing heart named for her will serve as a image that acknowledges people who secure and provide the community, he included, noting this week is Countrywide Police Week honoring fallen officers.
“Most officers that provide currently never had the prospect to function with her. They only know of her company and sacrifice,” Treece reported. “But like most of us in this group, we all feel we know her and know her simply as Molly.”
1 officer who knew Thomas Bowden nicely was Jones, Treece noted, sharing an anecdote to highlight the type of human being she was.
Thomas Bowden was investigating a credit history card theft. A girl experienced made use of the credit history card to get Xmas offers for her children. The presents experienced to be seized and receipts returned to the shops. Thomas Bowden labored with one more officer — Jones — to obtain the provides the girl experienced illicitly ordered, so the woman’s young children would nonetheless have Christmas provides.
Policing middle will provide officers nearer to the group
The development of the policing center will provide officers closer to these they serve and is a tangible reminder that the police office displays the diversity of the community, Treece stated.
“Its incredibly identify — a community policing centre, not the north precinct — conveys the values we all share and hope our law enforcement section embodies,” he claimed.
The facility will be transparent, accessible and local community-based mostly, he included.
Thomas Bowden exemplified neighborhood policing, Jones explained.
“Community policing requires on a ton of diverse types,” he explained. “Molly was a superior law enforcement officer who did superior law enforcement function.”
Officers have to act as a overall cop, Jones stated. They are guardians of the community, they have to demonstrate compassion and build interactions, all while being aware of their have security and the people today around them.
Officers will be able to continue to design Thomas Bowden’s kind of local community policing now that they are closer to the communities they will serve, Jones stated.
The center will property SWAT and the group outreach device, will serve as an evidence processing centre and will at some point residence an arm of the criminal investigative division. It will support minimize response times for the north Columbia space, Jones mentioned.
“The place improves their ability to link with the people they provide in this place, which also lets the local community to get to know the officers doing work in their neighborhoods,” he claimed.
The development of the center was authorised by voters in 2015 as a money enhancement task. The heart is 24,539 sq. toes. The whole development expense by Professional Contractors and Engineers of Columbia was $7.6 million.
A assembly area is available at the heart for nearby community associations, youth groups and other regional organizations.
“It is an honor to have Molly’s title on (the heart),” Dave Thomas reported, choking again tears. “This is a favourable step towards bringing our community collectively.”
Spouse and children and friends could have mourned, but in its place desired to rejoice Molly’s effects, Bev Thomas reported, noting the annual blood drive in Thomas Bowden’s identify has collected much more than 1,500 units of blood about the earlier 15 many years. The Molly’s Miles 5K operate has elevated extra than $150,000 for Worries of Police Survivors, which allows families journey to Washington, D.C., and supplies counseling solutions.
“You should inform an officer how considerably you take pleasure in them, give them a smile and even obtain them a doughnut and espresso,” Bev Thomas stated, also noting it is Countrywide Law enforcement 7 days.
Just after Thomas Bowden was shot, it marked the worst 30 times for the Columbia Law enforcement Office, Boehm reported. He envisioned Bev and Dave Thomas to be offended at him since the very first time he satisfied them was following the taking pictures and he was a symbol of the office.
“I got open arms. I bought prayers. I obtained love. They finished up supporting me. That is the sort of people today they are,” Boehm reported.
It is distinctive to know that so many persons even now don’t forget and care about Thomas Bowden, Boehm explained.