COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Professionalism, respect and integrity: those are three of the core values of the Columbus Division of Police and outgoing police chief Kim Jacobs was praised for having all of them during a ceremony at the Columbus Police Training Academy Wednesday.
The pipes were calling and there were lots of hugs and final salutes for Jacobs, who served the city of Columbus for nearly 40 years. Former Mayor Mike Coleman chose her for the post 7 years ago.
“It is the toughest job in America to be a police chief of a major urban division of police,” Coleman said.
Throughout her career, Jacobs set records and shattered the glass ceiling as the first woman to serve as commander, deputy chief and chief at the Columbus Division of Police. But Jacobs said that for her, the career highlights were connecting with the community and working with the men and women who wear the badge.
“There’s a lot of young officers I’m handing off the baton too and they will take care of the city and take care of the division, so I am really proud to be able to leave it in that shape,” she said.
Jacobs plans to stay involved by working with the police foundation. In the meantime, she said she and her wife plan to do some traveling. She will continue to call the city she loves home and she will continue to care about the men and women who serve.
“I think we made a lot of difference in the way we police here in the community in the minds of a lot of people and certainly in the motivation and morale of the officers who work here,” she said.