Episode 28 – Jon Rohde Protects and Serves

Jonathan L. Rohde is the Chief of Police of the Columbus (IN) Police Department. Before leading the department, he served as a Patrolman, Field Training Officer, SWAT team member, Narcotics Detective, Narcotics Detective Sergeant, and Administrative Captain.

He has a depth of experience in aligning resources within the community to compassionately serve those who struggle with addiction and mental illness.

In 2017, the city of Columbus started a community wide initiative called Alliance on Substance Abuse Progress (ASAP) to address the growing opioid epidemic. In this interview, Jon talks about his experience supporting the ASAP initiative.

He is married to Sarah and they have four children, Falesha (18), Klayton (15), Bailey (9), and Emerson (7).

Topics include:

What is role of police officers in situations where people are exhibiting signs of mental illness?

Comparing criminal justice and Biblical justice

How do chaplains support the police program?

How has the Columbus community worked together to address the opioid epidemic?

What does healing mean to you?


Exhibit Columbus – Exhibit Columbus is an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community.

This American Life – Podcast episode titled “Ten Session” – focused on the reporter’s experience of Cognitive Processing Therapy

Tony’s article in local newspaper – A response to mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, TX

 Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement by Dr. Kevin Gilmartin

About the Author
Co-creator of Revealing Voices and resident spiritual poet for the podcast, Eric advocates for the development of better mental health through art and environmental stewardship.