WEB EXTRA: Statement from Interim Chief Ruben Santiago

The Committee and City leaders have an impressive selection of candidates who are vying to be the next Chief of Police.

It is an exciting time for the City of Columbia to witness how the Police Department moves forward.

It has been my privilege to serve as both the Acting Chief and Interim Chief for the past year.

No matter who is ultimately chosen, we still have a job to do for the citizens of Columbia. I look forward to being a part of the new team.

I stand firmly beside the men and women of the Police Department, both sworn and non-sworn.

It is my distinct honor to continue making tremendous strides in crime reduction, intelligence-led policing, and community partnerships for the great people of the city.