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Columbus appoints Jacqueline Hendricks-Moore as the city's first-ever Inspector General

Updated February 2, 2022, at 5:08 p.m.

Jacqueline Hendricks-Moore has been named the first-ever Inspector General for the City of Columbus.

The Inspector General will partner with the Civilian Police Review Board and have the full authority to conduct independent investigations and compel evidence and testimony from sworn officers when the need should arise. This comes after a two-year effort on behalf of Columbus city officials to create a Civilian Police Review Board following several officer-involved incidents that led to community protest.

“The Inspector General will advance policing reform by conducting independent investigations into claims of police misconduct and wrongdoing,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “I am confident that Ms. Hendricks-Moore will embrace transparency, ensure accountability and act with integrity in all her interactions with residents and law enforcement.”

Chair of the Police Civilian review board Janet Jackson calls the hire a vital step forward.

"Her proven ability to objectively lead investigation coordinate and communicate with internal and external stakeholders and fully realized substantive results makes her the best choice to lead the first ever Office of the Inspector General, " said Jackson.

Jackson also said this is an important first step to help build trust between the community and police.

"Jacqueline is strongly committed to transparency accountability and reform having helped to root out corruption and audit and overhaul key operating procedures like stop and frisk."

Hendricks-Moore is currently a Senior Investigator for the City of Detroit’s Office of Inspector General and was selected from a pool of 29 applicants.

Hendricks-Moore is a retired police sergeant with over 34 years of experience in criminal justice, law enforcement, and policy development. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and a Master of Public Administration from Central Michigan State.

Hendricks-Moore will begin her new role with the City of Columbus on March 8, 2022.

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