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Police Chief Joseph A. Edwards
Phone: 618-281-5151

The Columbia Police Department consists of fifteen officers, including the Chief and Deputy Chief of Police, and also utilizes the assistance of several part-time officers. Full-time officers are issued their own patrol vehicle.

The department is housed in its own facility, which is part of the Public Safety Complex.

The police department sponsors several community-oriented programs, including the D.A.R.E. program and a Senior Citizen's Officer.

The department is utilized by the Illinois State Police as a satellite office for their officers in the southern part of the local district.

The department also has a working relationship with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department and several neighboring communities.

911 Center
The City of Columbia maintains its own 911 center, which operates in conjunction with the Monroe County 911 service and serves as a backup for the county's 911 center.

At least eight major hospitals are within 25 miles of Columbia, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, ranked among the nation's top 10 research hospitals.

Safety Town 2015 Program
Parents or Guardians may register their child(ren) beginning April 13th, 2015 at the Columbia Police Department, 1020 North Main Street, Columbia, Illinois 62236. (618) 281-5151.  All registrations must be received no later than 7:00 pm on May 31st, 2015.  Due to the limited number of spaces, children will be chosen based on the date their application is received.  Parents and/or guardians will be contacted on June 1st, 2015 regarding their child’s class placement.  Payment must be submitted with your registration form to guarantee your child’s reservation. 

Registration Forms 2015

Request for Inspections or Copying of Public Records
To file a request for Police Department documentation, please click here.  You may then email the document in for submission, deliver or mail the document to the Police Department located at 1020 North Main Street.

Columbia Police Department Complaint Form
To file a complaint against a Police Department employee please click here
You may then email the document in for submission, deliver or mail the document to the Police Department located at 1020 North Main Street.

Press Release 07/11/12 - Internet, Phone and Mail Scams
"Throughout the year there are a number of scams that criminals use to try and take money from innocent and unsuspecting victims.  Unfortunately, the City of Columbia is starting to see an increase in these types of crimes.  I would like to take this opportunity to provide pertinent information regarding scams so that individuals may protect themselves from these types of crimes."  Please click on the links provided below to view the full press release and examples.

Chief Edwards Press Release
Internet Scam Example 1

Internet Scam Example 2

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