Columbus Police Department Becomes First Georgia Agency to Implement eSOPH Background Investigation Software by Miller Mendel

September 23, 2019

Columbus Police Department Becomes First Georgia Agency to Implement eSOPH Background Investigation Software by Miller Mendel

Columbus, GA.   The Columbus Police Department recently became the first public safety agency in Georgia to implement Miller Mendel’s eSOPH, the #1 pre-employment background investigation software. It joins the ranks of the more than 60 public safety agencies around the country that have adopted the program to realize hiring efficiencies. 

eSOPH, which stands for electronic Statement of Personal History, has been used by city, county and state police agencies to conduct over 60,000 pre-employment public safety background investigations. It is specifically designed for the public safety pre-employment background investigation process, with public safety agencies using the system estimating a time savings ranging from 30 percent to 60 percent per investigation, and a significant reduction in the use of costly administrative resources such as paper, ink, postage and filing space. 

The Columbus Police Department expects to process approximately 200 pre-employment background investigations over a 12-month period using the time- and resource-saving eSOPH program. The eSOPH transition project was led by Columbus Police Department Sergeant Stefan Shelling.

In addition to taking advantage of eSOPH’s industry-leading standard functionality, the Columbus Police Department is also utilizing the optional, integrated smart fax service. eSOPH’s fax service automatically reads and then routes documents received via fax from other law enforcement agencies to the correct applicant file, attaches the received documents to the correct reference within the applicant file and notifies the investigator. Background Investigators no longer have to manually scan and upload faxes received in hard copy.

eSOPH has created hiring efficiencies for public safety agencies all over the United States, including California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Colorado Missouri, Louisiana, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and now Georgia.



The Columbus Police Department is committed to providing the citizens of the Chattahoochee Valley with excellent law enforcement that will improve their quality of life. Founded in 1831 as a one-man department, the agency is committed to maintaining its partnership with the citizens of Georgia’s third-largest city by building relationships based on trust.

In 2018, the Columbus Police Department was the only police department in the nation to obtain “Silver” status from The League of American Bicyclists.


Miller Mendel, Inc. (“MMI”) creates, sells and supports its software technology solutions for local, state and federal public safety agencies, and is the holder of two patents (U.S. Patent No. 9070098 and U.S. Patent No. 10043188) related to the features of its flagship product, eSOPH. Our primary focus is to turn past practices used by city, county and state government into efficient and cost-effective electronic solutions. MMI is known for creating category leading systems and providing responsive, exceptional support to all our clients. We place great pride in straightforward and transparent operational practices that foster a high level of respect and praise from our government clients.

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