Special To The Packet
Sgt. Terrie Songer has been a Police Officer at the Columbus Police Department for 17 years. Prior to this, she was a SSgt in the Air Force as a security policeman and a medic.
Since beginning her career at the department, Songer has worked as a patrol officer, a narcotics agent, the D.A.R.E. officer, court liaison officer, public information officer, and now as the assistant shift leader on the 200 Shift.
Songer is the Crime Stoppers’ Coordinator for the Golden Triangle area. She made history only nine months ago when she was the first certified female police officer to be promoted in the history of the Columbus Police Department.
Sgt. Ric Higgins has spent his 12 years in law enforcement at the Columbus Police Department. He has spent most of his career as a patrol officer but did spend approximately a year as a criminal investigator.
Higgins is now the assistant shift leader of the 100 Shift.
Higgins is also the assistant commander of SWAT at the CPD.
Lt. Donnie Elkin has spent his entire 23 years in law enforcement at the Columbus Police Department. During his 23 year career, he has spent most of his time in patrol. As a corporal, Elkin served as a shift leader for several years and as the Commander of Criminal Investigations. He also worked as the public information officer, and now is a shift leader again over the 400 Shift.
Sgt. Bill Smith (seen here with his wife, Tiffany) has been in law enforcement for 27 years. He worked at the Meridian Police Department as a Sgt. in criminal investigations and a patrol sergeant. Smith also worked at the Lumberton Police Department as a patrol sergeant and spent two years as mounted patrol. Since joining the CPD,Smith has worked as a patrol officer, the range officer, criminal investigator, director of forensic chemistry, and is now the shift leader of the 300 Shift. Smith is also the commander of SWAT at the CPD.
Corporal Michael Griffin (seen here with his daughter, Keiko) has been in Law Enforcement for 29 years. Prior to be hired by the Columbus Police Department, Corporal Griffin worked at the Aberdeen Police Department. In Aberdeen, he worked in Patrol and in Criminal Investigations and achieved the rank of Captain. Michael also worked at the Nettleton Police Department and held the rank of Patrol Lieutenant. Since being hired by the Columbus Police Department, Sgt. Griffin has served as a Patrol Officer and a Criminal Investigator, and now as the Assistant Shift Leader of the 400 Shift. Corporal Griffin was the only Patrolman able to pass the Corporal test, during the last testing cycle.