How You Can Become Involved?
Keeping our community safe is one of the primary responsibilities of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office. As a citizen, you can help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.
Who Benefits From Crime Prevention?
You DO! Every citizen reaps the benefits:
- Criminals are apprehended, prosecuted, and convicted
- Stolen property is recovered
- Vast amounts of narcotics are taken off our streets
- Hundreds of investigative hours are saved
Most criminals are looking for an easy target. They don't want witnesses and they don't want a lot of noise. The more difficult you make it for the would-be criminal, the more likely he or she is to move on.
This page is dedicated to providing you with helpful and important information to aid in the safety of you and your family and our community.
Crime Stoppers/Gun Stoppers of Columbus is a community based program designed to help law enforcement solve crime by setting up a system that allows the public to phone in tips anonymously and receive rewards up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment.
If you have witnessed a crime or have information regarding a crime that has occurred, please call (706) 653-3188. Available 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Friday. You do not have to give your name and all calls are kept confidential.
Click the Crime Stoppers' graphic above to be taken to the Crime Stoppers of Columbus page.
Crime Prevention Presentations Provided by the Sheriff's Office
The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office is proud to provide the community Crime Prevention Presentations. Schools, Groups, Businesses, Organizations, and Churches, as well as individuals, may contact the Sheriff's Office to request a specific crime prevention presentation or a presentation customized to their unique needs.
Various programs could include: Neighborhood Watch, Home Security, Commercial Security, Shoplifting, Robbery, Drug Abuse, Strangers, Senior Citizen Concerns, Personal Safety/Defensive Tactics, Sexual Assault/Rape Prevention, Auto Theft, Vacation Tips, and Fraud and Con games.
These programs are available through the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office and are offered to the community free of charge.
Crime Prevention Services Provided by the Sheriff's Office
One of the most requested services provided by the Sheriff's Office is the Child Fingerprinting Program. The Sheriff's Office participates in numerous fingerprinting events on behalf of organizations, schools, churches, and community agencies to provide parents with a complete set of fingerprints for their children. Children of all ages can be fingerprinted. The Sheriff's Office also provides free fingerprinting for adults as a community service for foster parents, community volunteers, teachers, CASA volunteers, CONTACT volunteers, and renewal for gun permits. Fingerprinting can be obtained Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm at the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office will gladly provide bomb sweeps for civic events, corporations, and government buildings and functions. The Sheriff will provide the Officers, Explosives Dog, and Bomb Technicians necessary to conduct this service.
The Sheriff's Office will conduct "Threat Assessments" for corporations and businesses to determine if they need to implement new procedures and guidelines that will help make them a more difficult target for violence, threats, and terrorist attacks.