Columbia City Police Department

  • Agency: Columbia City Police Department
  • Address: 112 S Chauncey St, # A, Columbia City, 46725 IN
  • Chief: Michael V Petersen (Chief of police)
Phone: 260-248-5121
Fax: 260-248-5126

Columbia City Police Department is located at 112 S Chauncey St, # A, Columbia City, 46725 IN. The Chief of police of the department is Michael V Petersen. The Columbia City Police Department phone number is 260-248-5121.

Columbia City Police Department News

We would like to thank WHEELER MECHANICAL SERVICES in Columbia City for their very generous donation of $500 to the “Patrolling 4 Presents” program. Your donation will greatly assist us in making sure children in our community experience a wonderful Christmas this year. Thank you!!

The Columbia City Police Department would like to send a special “Thank You” to Dunham’s Sports and Manger Dave Manter of the Columbia City store for their ongoing support and commitment to the Police Department and the community. Your donation is greatly appreciated!

Columbia City Police Department’s K9 Cas to get body armor Columbia City Police Department’s K9 Cas will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Cas’ vest is sponsored by Jodi Sandven of Febrita Enterprises, LLC of Oakland, CA and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of S.J. Sandven, M.D.”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,700 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. ”Never could I have imagined how much a K9 partner could affect my life! I have almost 19 years in Law Enforcement and served in the capacity of a DARE officer, shift supervisor, and as a narcotic detective. I was reaching a point in my life where I felt I was starting the downhill slide to retirement when Cas rejuvenated my motivation and my career. Cas makes it exciting to go to work! Her energy gives me energy, and I cannot imagine going to work without her.” (Officer Gary Archbold Columbia City Police Department:)

Press Release 112 S. Chauncey St. Columbia City, Indiana 46725 260-248-5121 * 260-248-5126 On 10/16/2017 at approximately 11:00 a.m., Columbia City Police Department received a report of a suspicious male walking south on Line Street. The male was described as wearing a dark hoodie and carrying what was believed to be an AR 15 style rifle that had been spray-painted blue. Due to the close proximity of the schools and the unknown location of the subject, Eagle Tech Academy, Mary Raber Elementary, and the Columbia City High School initiated lockdown procedures. The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police assisted the Columbia City Police Department with a thorough search of the area and secured all three locations. It was later determined the male subject was carrying what is believed to be a blue paintball gun and there are no indications the schools were subject to any threats or safety concerns. The lockdown was lifted at 12:15 p.m. and officers will remain in the area until the end of the school day.

We are here at the 4-H promoting our Patrolling for Presents Program. Come see us! Christmas is right around the corner.

We have recovered some property that once belonged to a Bonita Martin. If you are related to or know someone who is related to Ms. Martin please contact Detective Simpson at 260-248-5121.

Reminder: Applications for Patrol Officer are due by October 13, 2017.

Accepting applications till October 13, 2017

We are accepting applications. The Columbia City Police Department is accepting applications for Full-Time Police Officers. Applications may be obtained from the police website or the Communications Department located on the first floor of City Hall, 112 S. Chauncey St. Completed applications may be mailed in or dropped off at the department located on the second floor of City Hall located at 112 S. Chauncey St. Columbia City, IN 46725.

The Columbia City Police Department is looking for a a person of interest. The subject is a white male, approximately 6'0 150-160 lbs with facial hair, wearing a black shirt with a white shirt under the black shirt, light jeans, white tennis shoes. He is missing one shoe that we located in the area. The subject fled from police in the area of Vanburen & Peabody Streets. This occurred in the early morning hours of 14 August 2017 If you see a subject matching this description, please call the Columbia City Police Department. (260) 248-5121.

FBI RELEASES PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Online Scammers Require Payment Via Music Application Gift Cards Complaints filed with Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) from 2017 show online scammers are asking victims to pay fraudulent fees using music application gift cards as part of multiple fraud schemes. These schemes include auction frauds, employment/opportunity scams, grandparent scams, loan frauds, romance scams, ransomware, tax frauds, and various other online schemes. In this scam involving music application gift cards, the perpetrator directs the victim to a specific retailer to obtain music application gift cards of varying amounts. Once the victim has purchased the gift cards, the perpetrator directs the victim to reveal the numbers on the back of the cards and provide them to the perpetrator via telephone, email, text, or a designated website. Once the perpetrator obtains the music application gift card data, the perpetrator either continues to request additional funds through more gift card purchases or ceases all communication with the victim. The financial impact to victims can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. IC3 victim complaint data from January through June 2017 involving music application gift cards indicate that these scams have impacted hundreds of victims with reported losses exceeding $6 million. This scam is also associated with other fraud scams involving victims having won a prize, needing to pay a tax debt, having qualified for a loan, or that a friend or relative is in trouble and needs a payment via music application or other prepaid gift card to assist. General Online Protection Tips •Recognize the attempt to perpetrate a scam and cease all communication with the perpetrator. •Research the subject’s contact information online (e.g., email address, phone number); other individuals have likely posted about the scam online. •Resist the pressure to act quickly. The perpetrator creates a sense of urgency to produce fear and lure the victim into immediate action. •Never give unknown or unverified persons any personally identifiable information (PII). •Ensure all computer antivirus and security software and malware protection are up to date. •If you receive a pop-up or locked screen, shut down the affected device immediately. •Should a perpetrator gain access to a device or an account, take precautions to protect your identity. Immediately contact your financial institution(s) to place protection on your account(s), and monitor your account(s) and personal information for suspicious activity. •Always use antivirus software and a firewall. It is important to obtain and use antivirus software and firewalls from reputable companies. It is also important to maintain both of these through automatic update settings. •Enable pop-up blockers. Pop-ups are regularly used by perpetrators of online scams to spread malicious software. To avoid accidental clicks on or within the pop-up, it is best to try to prevent them in the first place. •Be skeptical. Do not click on any emails or attachments you do not recognize, and avoid suspicious websites. •If you receive a pop-up or message alerting you to an infection, immediately disconnect from the Internet to avoid any additional infections or data loss. Alert your local FBI field office and file a complaint at Filing a Complaint Individuals who believe they may be a victim of an online scam (regardless of dollar amount) can file a complaint with the IC3 at In reporting online scams, be as descriptive as possible in the complaint by including: •Name of the subject and company. •Email addresses and phone numbers used by the subject. •Web sites used by the subject company. •Account names and numbers, and financial institutions that received any funds (e.g., wire transfers, prepaid card payments). •Description of interaction with the subject. Complainants are also encouraged to keep original documentation, emails, faxes, and logs of all communications.

The Columbia City Police Department is seeking information on these individuals reference an open investigation. If you know these individuals or have information you feel could help the Police Department indentify these individuals please contact us at 260-248-5121 and ask for the Detective Bureau.

Congratulations to Officer Ayres and Officer Barber for graduating from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy today. Welcome back!

Good work Officer Brette Ayres

We would like to Thank the Chamber of Commerce for partnering with us to provide a great program (Civillan Response to Active Shooter Events) to the members of our community. Master Patrolman Thor Hodges and Patrolman Scott Valentic did a great job. Also, we would like to thank all the community members that attended!!!

Reminder from the Columbia City Police Department that you need to have your golf cart re-inspected prior to use. If you have already had your golf cart inspected in 2017 and been issued the new permit you are in compliance with the new ordinance. If you have any questions please feel free to call 260-248-5121 ext. 5133.

Thank-you to the Whitley Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to attend the Whitley Chamber Expo and present information on the topic of social media.

Whitley County Sheriff's Department investigating a missing child.

Columbia City friends, please go to this link below and VOTE (scroll down to contest photos- IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR, K9 GIVE BACK. Under comments type Columbia City Police) Help Officer Archbold win assistance in the cost of training..

We would like to welcome the newest members of the department, Brette Ayres and Brenden Barber who were sworn in at the council meeting Tuesday evening. Please help us welcome these two new officers to our community.

**DISPATCH POSITION VACANCY** The City of Columbia City has an opening for a full-time TELECOMMUNICATOR for the Communications Department (Dispatch). Applicants must be able to work any shift and become IDACS certified within 6 months. Applications and a job description can be obtained at the Clerk-Treasurers office 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM Mon.-Friday or Communications (24 hours) both located at City Hall 112 S. Chauncey Street or on line at under “Community” and then “Career Opportunity”. Applications will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2017. Completed applications can be hand delivered to the Clerk-Treasurers office (or Communications if after hours) or e-mailed to EOE

**RECOVERED STOLEN PROPERTY** The Columbia City Police Department has recovered property during an investigation of thefts from vehicles, yards, and burglaries. At this time, we believe the majority of the thefts occurred during the month of November in Columbia City. Please contact Detective Simpson if you are a victim of a theft and have not reported your property stolen. Detective Simpson can be reached at (260) 248-5129. We will need your name, a detailed description of the property, the date in which the property was taken, location of the theft, and a good contact number.

This is our donation pile as of today. The department would like to thank those who've donated thus far! We are in need of girl coats right now. Our boy pile far outweighs the girl pile. Again, we are accepting NEW coats, hats, gloves and scarves until December 18th. Call or email with any questions.

Come see us downtown till 8 PM! Bring new coats and toys out and Stuff the Cruiser.