Columbus, Georgia                    
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All dispatchers also receive state-mandated training and, like police officers, receive continuous training throughout their careers.
All officers now have access to a FATS (FireArms Training System) machine; a state-of-the-art computerized training aid with true life or death situations and programs that sharpen skills.
Major Wanna Barker-Wright
Major Wanna Barker-Wright
The Bureau of Administrative Services manages the major administrative organizational functions and specialized programs in the Department. These range from training to senior citizens programs.

The Training Division provides a variety of training, testing and certification services for department members. Most of this training is provided in-house, including in-service, recruit, field training officer, firearms and much more. Outside training and certification services are also coordinated through this unit. Click here to view some of the equipment the Columbus Police Department uses.

Due to the large number of employees and the special employment eligibility requirements, the Department maintains its own Personnel Unit that is responsible for several essential functions including payroll management, police recruitment and pre-employment processing. For more information on employment at the Columbus Police Department, go to the Recruitment, Join the Team page.

The Crime Prevention Unit is responsible for educational, informational and various community service programs for the pro-active purpose of preventing and reducing opportunities for criminal behavior.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a popular and effective program directed at children who have yet to have their first alcohol or drug experience. The officers assigned to this unit coordinate with the Muscogee County School District and participate in a 10-week curriculum with each 5th grade class in the elementary schools in Columbus.
Link to D.A.R.E. website

In cooperation with the Muscogee County School District, the Department adopted Forrest Road Elementary School as part of their Partners In Education program. Over the years, we have played an active role in many of their major activities by sharing time and talent in a mutually beneficial interaction enjoyed by both organizations.

The Crime Stoppers/Gun Stoppers program provides the citizens of Columbus with means of providing the Department with anonymous crime information. Citizens may call Crime Stoppers at 653-3188 with any information about any criminal information in Columbus, Phenix City (Alabama) or Ft. Benning.

The S.A.L.T. Program (Seniors And Lawmen Together) is a coalition of resources and commitments between law enforcement and senior citizens. The results of these efforts include the Senior Volunteer Program, Senior Awareness Classes, the Task Force for Senior Problems and other projects.

The Senior Volunteer Program is designed to take advantage of the talents of many senior citizens within the community who have retired from other careers. These citizens are willing and able to assist the Columbus Police Department by performing many needed tasks and functions.

Under the Handicapped Parking Enforcement program, volunteers are trained and authorized to enforce the Handicapped Parking ordinance in Muscogee County. This program has proved effective in citing those who abuse handicapped parking privileges.

The Boy Scouts of America's Explorers program gives youth from 13 to 18 years of age an opportunity to learn about the various areas of law enforcement. On the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, our Explorers Post meets.
Link to Boy Scouts of America
The Columbus Police Department has over 150 Neighborhood Watch Programs. This program is one important way citizens can work together to prevent crimes in their neighborhood. The Crime Prevention Unit instructs the citizens on what to do if they see a suspicious person or activity in the neighborhood.