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Columbia PD Beefs Ranks With Two New Officers

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Black Lab 'Blu', center, is Columbia's new K-9 unit serving with the Columbia Police Department. Blu will serve alongside Officer Jake Degener, left. Mayor Kevin Hutchinson, right, conducted the swearing in.
Black Lab 'Blu', center, is Columbia's new K-9 unit serving with the Columbia Police Department. Blu will serve alongside Officer Jake Degener, left. Mayor Kevin Hutchinson, right, conducted the swearing in.

by Joe Leicht The Columbia Police Department continues to inch closer to the 24 full-time officers the Illinois State Police considers optimal for a city the size of Columbia. At the Columbia City Council's Nov. 18 meeting, Mayor Kevin Hutchinson swore in patrolmen Andrew Allen and Adam Jackson. Family and friends of the officers then …

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