About Dianne Bernhard
Deputy Chief Dianne Bernhard of the Columbia, MO, Police Department retired after 21 years of service. During her tenure at the Columbia Police Department, her accomplishments included creating a camp for kids, developing a Crisis Intervention Team, setting up a leadership academy, and restructuring the agency. She was also a member of the Columbia Police Mounted Team and came to know C.O.P.S. through the line-of-duty death of a co-worker, Officer Molly Bowden, in 2005.
Dianne joined C.O.P.S in 2014 as their Executive Director and is responsible for fulfilling the mission, providing leadership, overseeing the functions of the organization, strategizing for future growth, and operating C.O.P.S. under the direction of the National Board.