Columbia Police Department

  • Agency: Columbia Police Department
  • Address: 1020 North Main Street, Columbia, 62236 IL
  • Chief:
Phone: 618-281-5151
Fax: 618-281-6644

Columbia Police Department is located at 1020 North Main Street, Columbia, 62236 IL. The Columbia Police Department phone number is 618-281-5151.

Columbia Police Department News

LOST & FOUND Yesterday a bicycle and two helmets were recovered near the bathrooms at Bolm-Schuhkraft Memorial City Park. We ask that you please share this post so the owners may be found. Please report to the Columbia Police Department to obtain possession of said items.

LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION WEEK 2018 (May 13th-18th) HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE AND PROTECT In recognition and sincere appreciation of our Police Officers, Thank You for your outstanding commitment to our community.

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST LOST & FOUND: A key fob which we believe belongs to a 2017 Honda Odyssey was turned into the Columbia Police Department today. The key was discovered near the area of Parkview Elementary School / Columbia Community Unit School District Office (5 Veterans Parkway). Please call Dispatch @ 281-5151 if this key belongs to you.

5th Annual Monroe County Fraternal Order of Police *Newly Renamed* “Joe Callis Memorial 5K Run/Walk & 1⁄2-Mile Fun Run” In recognition to the late Columbia Police Captain Joseph D. Callis for his many years of service to the community, his dedication to mentoring young officers and his support to the youth in the area. Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at Borsch Park, 409 MAR Graphics Drive, Valmeyer IL 62295, at 9:00 AM– 5K Run/Walk. The 1⁄2-Mile Kids Fun Run will immediately follow the completion of the 5K. Free refreshments, attendance prizes, and food at the event. DJ services provided by “Best Man DJ Service.” COURSE: Course will be an out-&-back, starting & finishing at Borsch Park. The run will consist partially of The Johnson Trail. The trail is solid and flat but could be muddy if the weather is wet. Dress appropriately. Professional timing provided by “Toolen’s Running Start.” AWARDS: The top 3 overall winners will receive plaques. The top 3 finishers, male and female in each age division (Under 13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and over 60) will receive medals. The awards presentation will take place after the Fun Run. ENTRY FEES: Entry fees postmarked by Wednesday, June 1st are $20 and guarantees the correct sized shirt for the runner. Entries after June 1st are $25. Children under 10 years old are $5. Virtual Runners $15. Make checks payable to: Monroe County FOP #145. Entry fees are nonrefundable. Race will be held rain or shine. (New for 2017) Virtual Runner: “For those that don’t want to run, but only join in the fun.” Virtual runners get a free t-shirt and a raffle ticket for attendance prizes and raffle items. ADDITIONAL INFO: Questions, Comments, Concerns? Please contact Mike Conrad at 618-779-9528, Jim Vogt at 618-570-9434 or e-mail us at ( All Donations Benefit the Monroe County FOP Scholarship Fund

This week DARE Officer Michelle Simmons chaperoned the essay winners on their celebratory field trip to Busch Stadium and lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Congratulations to Columbia Middle School 5th graders and Immaculate Conception 6th graders on their recent 2018 DARE graduation. Approximately two hundred children participated and earned their DARE graduation certificates.

SAFETY TOWN SUMMER 2018 UPDATE: Registration for Safety Town is now closed as both weeks are completely full. Thank you to everyone who registered their child(ren) for this amazing program and we will see you in June.

Come Celebrate with Us!! EMS / Public Safety Open House Thursday, May 3, 2018 // 4:30pm-7:30pm @ 1020 North Main Street, Columbia IL Meet and Greet with members from EMS, Fire, & Police Tour area emergency response equipment & apparatus See flyer for additional details and activities

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH, 10:00AM-2:00PM Don't Trash or Flush Your Medications - Safely Dispose of Any Unwanted or Expired Medications at the Columbia Police Department, Columbia Walgreen's or Waterloo Police Department on Saturday, April 28th. The CPD's drop-off box is located in the lobby and is open to the public 24 hours a day. No personal information is obtained and there are no forms to fill out.

Tonight at 7:00pm, members of the Emergency Management Agency will be conducting test alerts on the city's siren notification system. As part of the on-going effort to bring the Mass Notification System (sirens) online, they will be completing final configurations over the course of this week. As a result, it will be necessary to sound test alerts. Each test sequence will be announced with a spoken test announcement and conclude with a correlating message. The verbal announcements will be done through the audio capabilities of the notification system.

Dine in with Peel Wood Fired Pizza on May 16th from 5pm to 8pm and 20% of your bill will be donated to: Major Case Squad of Greater Saint Louis Please present this flyer to your server at either Peel Wood Fired Pizza locations (O’Fallon IL or Edwardsville IL)

THANK YOU TO OUR 911 DISPATCHERS WHO BRING CALM TO THE CHAOS The week of April 8th - 14th is designated as National Public Safety Telecommunicators' Week. Agencies across the United States will honor the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to citizens of the U.S. The Columbia Police Department would like to acknowledge our exceptional staff of five Telecommunicators for their vital role in public safety.

SAFETY TOWN 2018 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!! REQUIRED FORMS ARE POSTED BELOW AS WELL AS AVAILABLE AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. Safety Town is a child accident prevention program that introduces safety awareness and preventive procedures to children entering kindergarten and first grade. This program uses a simulated town layout, classroom environment, and trained professionals to teach these children many practical safety precautions. Children learn safety procedures through their own involvement. Under the guidance of Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Paramedics, and trained volunteers. Children practice and experience “real life” situations before being confronted with these situations on their own. In accordance with their age and maturity, children are trained to evaluate “safe from unsafe” and learn how to react safely when confronted with dangerous situations during this age. Safety Town is introduced during a child’s early years because it is important to develop good habits and positive attitudes during this developmental time. It is also important to involve parents in daily activities with their children. Parents learn about their children and their safety lessons, and how they can continue safety training at home.

We All Can Play a Part in Building Community, Building Hope April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month This month and throughout the year, the Columbia Police Department encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making our community a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities. Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are: • Nurturing and attachment • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development • Parental resilience • Social connections • Concrete supports for parents • Social and emotional competence of children According to the National Children’s Alliance, in 2016, an estimated 1,750 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States. In 2016, Children’s Advocacy Centers around the country served more than 324,000 child victims of abuse, providing victim advocacy and support to these children and their families. An estimated 676,000 children (unique incidents) were victims of abuse and neglect in 2016, the most recent year for which there is national data. For additional information on National Child Abuse Awareness Month as well as resource guides, tip sheets, and publications please visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services at:

The Columbia Police Department is currently seeking applicants for a Police Officer Eligibility List. Applicants must be 21-35 yrs. (some exceptions per state law) with a minimum of 64 hours of college credit. Residency is required within six months of hire, however you may apply for a six month extension for a total of one year. Applications can be obtained in person at Columbia PD, 1020 North Main, Columbia, IL 62236 starting March 30th. Applications must be received by May 1, 2018 at noon. The physical agility test and written examination will take place on May 12, 2018.

"Thank you, Columbia Police for taking the time to thrill our grandsons, Reed and Rhett Creason, with their Pinewood Derby "speeding tickets". It's actions such as these that help gain respect from our children for those who serve the community". ~ Debi Fralick Caraway

Yesterday Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Bruce Whipple and Columbia Police Department's Detective Brian Etherton were awarded for their efforts during Major Case Squad's homicide investigation of Darren Martez Henderson in June 2017. Congratulations to both and thank you for your continued service within our community.

Columbia EMS Car Seat Check-Up Event Friday, March 30th (Good Friday) 10am-4pm @ Columbia Fire/EMS Station

** TODAY UNTIL 8:00 PM AT APPLEBEES ** Dining to Donate event at Waterloo's Applebee's where 15% of your bill will be donated to Monroe County Coalition for Drug-Free Communities. Please note that you must present the flyer (posted below) to your server for your donation to be counted. Deputy Chief Jason Donjon, Monroe County State’s Attorney Chris Hitzemann, Regional Superintendent Kelton Davis, Chief Jerry Paul and Assistant State’s Attorney Ryan Martin dined at Applebee’s in support of this important cause. [Photo Provided by Sean McGowen of the Republic Times]

Call for Help Presents Walk a Mile in Her Shoes The International Men's March to End Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence April 28th, 2018 Check-In @ 9am // Walk Begins at 10am Lindenwood University @ Belleville $20 Per Walker For More Information or To Register visit or call 618-397-0968 ext 124

Join us at Waterloo's Applebee's for a Dining to Donate event on Thursday, March 15th, from Noon to 8p.m. 15% of your bill will be donated to Monroe County Coalition for Drug-Free Communities. ***YOU MUST PRESENT FLYER TO YOUR SERVER FOR YOUR DONATION TO BE COUNTED***

PRESS RELEASE February 28th, 2018 Fatality Traffic Crash On Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 12:26p.m., Columbia Police, EMS and Fire responded to the intersection of Admiral Parkway at Veterans Parkway to investigate a traffic crash. Upon their arrival, emergency services discovered that a 2000 Sterling Dump Truck driven by Donald L. Eccher, 86 years old, of Millstadt, Illinois had collided with a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Emily Webb, 41 years old, of Columbia, Illinois. Webb’s vehicle was occupied by her six children. The Monroe County Coroner pronounced Emily Webb deceased at the scene of the accident. All passengers of the Suburban as well as Eccher were transported to area hospitals by Columbia EMS, Monroe County EMS and Dupo EMS. The Illinois State Police Traffic Reconstruction Unit was contacted to assist with the investigation. The Illinois State Police also provided a Commercial Truck Inspector and Weight Inspector as part of the traffic crash investigation. The Illinois Department of Transportation provided numerous sign boards notifying and creating detour routes around the crash location with barricade barrier trucks. At the time of this press release, the investigation is ongoing. Respectfully, Chief Jerald D. Paul

Columbia Police Officers assisted in the arrest of two suspects who fled from Millstadt Police early Monday morning. The suspects attempted to break into a residence in Jothim Court however Millstadt PD’s quick response to the emergency call for service sent the subjects fleeing in their Escalade towards southbound I-255. Two of our officers deployed their stop sticks and successfully deflated the Escalade’s tires causing the vehicle to slow down. At that time, the suspects decided to flee from the damaged vehicle. One suspect was apprehended immediately, while his counterpart was pursued and ultimately caught by Cahokia PD K9.

In June 2017, the Columbia Police Department purchased a portable speed trailer to increase awareness of the posted speed limit and decrease passing vehicles' speeds. If you are within city limits and have an area that you would like the speed trailer to be placed in, please contact Chief Jerry Paul or Deputy Chief Jason Donjon at 281-5151.

****BOIL ADVISORY LIFTED**** Just received notification from our Public Works Department that the boil order has been lifted. Our water samples have passed inspection.