Columbus police chief requests FBI task force to assist in Vice Unit investigation

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The Columbus Division of Police has requested the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Public Corruption Task Force in their investigation of its Vice unit.

The Task Force includes the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio Auditor of State, and the FBI.

Earlier this month, Columbus police announced they would be conducting a 28-day review of the unit, following two high-profile cases.

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The arrest of porn star Stormy Daniels in a Columbus strip club and the fatal shooting of a woman by Officer Andrew Mitchell during a prostitution sting expedited the review.

During the investigation, vice operations have temporarily paused.

According to Columbus police, the request for the FBI’s help was made as evidence developed in the investigation.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs made the formal request to transfer the investigations and the Task Force accepted.

Anyone who has knowledge of criminal activity by members of the Columbus Police Vice personnel are asked to call a tip line set up by the FBI to investigate these claims. The tip line number is: (614) 849-1777.

Allegations of misconduct not related to these investigations should be reported to the Columbus Police Internal Affairs Bureau at (614) 645-4745.

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