Columbus Police Department

  • Agency: Columbus Police Department
  • Address: 408 E 1st Ave, Columbus, 59019 MT
  • Chief: Mori Woods (Chief of Police)
Phone: (406)322-5313

Columbus Police Department is located at 408 E 1st Ave, Columbus, 59019 MT. The Chief of Police of the department is Mori Woods. The Columbus Police Department phone number is (406)322-5313.

Columbus Police Department News

The Columbus Police Department would like to thank RN Andrew Goss and RN Natasha Sailer from Billings Clinic for their hard work on making bicycle helmets available to every student that needed one at the elementary school yesterday. They took the time to fit every student, and also conducted an assembly on the importance of always using a helmet. Thank you to Columbus IGA for making the generous ice cream coupons available to the police officers. We will be handing those out throughout the summer when officers see kids using helmets when they ride.

Every year the Columbus Police Department and Columbus Fire Department put on a bike rodeo at the elementary school. This event is for K-5, and held near the last day of school. This has been a tradition for years, and the kids look forward to this fun activity. Last year, I was able to get two new bikes donated from the community to give away, to one boy and one girl. The students selected in the drawing do not have bikes. I am asking for your help again this year, and in need of brand new, unused bikes for a boy and girl. Anyone that would like to help by purchasing a bike, please contact me at the middle school 322-5375, or 780-1870. Please leave a message if I am not in, and I will return your call. (Retail purchases are approximately $70 at Wal-Mart/Target, etc). I appreciate the support that the community provides to help make a childs life a little better. Thank you, Gary Timm School Resource Officer Columbus Police

Don't forget, tomorrow is the distracted driving event at 1:30 pm on 4th Ave, between the city park and high school football field. Accidents are the leading cause of death for 16-25 yr olds. Distracted driving is quickly gaining on drunk driving as the leading cause of traffic relatated fatalities.

The Columbus Police Dept will be having a distracted driving mock crash event Tuesday, April 24 at 1:30 pm. The event will be held on the south side of the Columbus high school, in front of the park. It will include CPD, Columbus Fire, St. Vincent's Help Flight and Stillwater County Sheriff's. It is designed to show the effects of distracted driving that is plaguing America. The crash scene will depict what can happen when drivers are distracted, including several injuries, and a fatality. The public is welcome to watch from the south side of the roadway area. This event is made possible with the help of St. Vincent's Hospital and Billings Clinic. Hanser's Tow will be providing the vehicles for the event.

Officer Timm is again selling Camp Postcard (Police Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams) raffle tickets. Police officers from all around the state will select kids, (4th & 5th grade) to attend a week long camp in June. The camp is free to the kids, but costs nearly $1000 per person to attend. The raffle sales offset the costs. The camp targets 4th and 5th graders who may need some positive roll models, structure and guidance in their lives. All of the camp counselors are police officers or deputy sheriff's from all across the state. The camp focuses on personal buiding, as well as team building exercises throughout the week. Please help out, and get your tickets today. Prizes include: Franchi Shotgun Instinct L 12 or 20 gauge Rugar Hawkeye Predator..5 calibers to choose from Traeger Texas Elite 34 smoker/grill Yeti Package 65 cooler and Rambler Tumblers. TICKETS ARE $25 EACH. Respond on here, message me personally, or call me at the middle school..322-5375

School Resource Officer Gary Timm is considering a "mini-police academy" type of program targeting 4th and 5th aged kids. It would be held in June, and would consist of 2 days, 5 hours each day. I am in the initial stages of getting it going, and want to find out how many parents would like to see something like this. Some of the subject matter would be; hands on fingerprinting, seeing the K-9 at work, understanding very basic law, being able to use the emergency lights and talk on the police radio, etc. There will be a "police style" T-shirt provided, as well as drinks and snacks. If anyone would like to help with providing refreshments, or their time, or if they feel their son or daughter would like to attend,, please comment below so I can see what the participation would be. Any other ideas, please email me at

The Columbus Police Department provides service to the residents and visitors of Columbus twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This is accomplished through the Police Department with 5 full-time sworn officers, 4 part-time officers, one animal control officer and one civilian administrative employee. The Columbus Police Department is committed to maintaining the safety and security of the residents and visitors to the city. We enforce all traffic laws, including DUI, speeding and other traffic violations, as well all city ordinances and state statutes within the City of Columbus. Which includes Itch Kep Pe Park. We cannot do this alone….we depend on the citizens of Columbus to assist us in this endeavor. Together we can continue to make Columbus a wonderful and safe place to live and raise a family. We encourage you to call in any suspicious activity or person’s to Stillwater County dispatch at 322-5326 (non-emergency) or 911 in the event it is an EMERGENCY.

There was an error in the paper for the closing date for the position for of Police Clerk/Administrative Assistant. The closing date for applications is December 28th at 5 pm. We apologize for the confusion.

The school resource officer would like to remind everyone that the speed limit around the schools is 15 MPH. (This is only enforced during school hours) The signs are clearly visible, and Officer Timm asks that you obey the signs. A reminder, you need to be doing 15 mph when you reach the sign, and not begin to slow down once you have past it. 15 mph begins at the 15 mph sign. The same applies when you see the speed increase. You cannot increase the vehicle speed, unit you have reached the speed limit sign. 15 mph is being strictly enforced, so please drive careful.

The Columbus Police Dept would like to remind parents that when dropping off, and/or picking up your child at the elementary school, NOT to utilize the handicapped area. Unfortunately, there is not enough space for everyone to use the east side of the school, so please find an alternate route. Again, the bus zone can be used AFTER the buses leave, usually around 8:07 a.m. The small parking lot on the NW corner of the school can also be used to drop off your child. There is plenty of parking available on the south side of the street if the buses are present, but make sure your child uses the crosswalk, OR you can get out of your car and walk them across the street. Effective today, violators will be cited. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Columbus Police would like to thank High Country Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Billings for donating Coke products to the school resource officer. Having this on hand when a student stops in to talk with the SRO helps make the student a little more comfortable.. SRO Timm has printed up coupons, so a teacher can hand one out to a student who does something very nice or above and beyound what's expected everyday. The student then can redeem it from Officer Timm for a Coke. Thank you Coca-Cola for your generousity, helping to bridge the gap between our students and Columbus Police.

******COFFEE WITH A COP****** The Columbus Police Department is committed to serving our community. The department will be starting a new "Coffee with a Cop" program shortly. This is designed to meet and talk with the citizens in a casual setting over coffee. We encourage all to stop and visit, say hello and address any concerns you may want to talk about. Look for the "COFFEE WITH A COP" banner in a local establishment, and come have a cup with us.

The Columbus Police Department is committed to serving and protecting the citizen's of our community. Columbus Police Department has increased the patrol division, which has allowed us to provide police services 24/7. We encourage all to report any suspicious activity, no matter the time of day. Call 322-5326 to report this activity, but use 911 if it is an EMERGENCY.

The Columbus Police is looking for anyone who would like to volunteer as a crossing guard one or two times a week. Times are 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. (half hour) and 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (half hour) Anyone interested please call School Resource Officer Gary Timm at the middle school. 322-5375 and ask for his office.

It's Back to school this Wed, August 23. A reminder for all; school zones are 15 mph, Please watch for children before and after school. The elementary school is especially conjested, so DO NOT STOP IN ROADWAY TO DROP OFF YOUR CHILD. This is illegal and posses a danger to your child and others. Warnings will be given the first week, then citations may be issued. Also do not park in the Handicapped zone to pick up or drop off your child. Children can be dropped off in the parking lot on the north side of the school, or the bus zone AFTER the buses have left. (this is usually by 8:08 am) PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO USE THE CROSSWALK. Thank you for helping us make the area safe for all of the kids.

*****STOLEN CAR FROM COLUMBUS****** BOL for white 2005 Dodge Stratus 4 door. Vehicle taken on July 18th 11pm. Vehicle has Laurel Dodgers sticker and Dawson Community College parking permit sticker in rear window. MT plate 32-5502A

Columbus Police would like to congratulate the Columbus High Senior Class of 2017. This is a time to commemorate their achievements, anticipate for future opportunities and embrace a world of infinite possibilities. Best of Luck!

A reminder, this coming Thursday, May 11th at 6 pm in the Columbus High School cafeteria there will be a seminar on Human Trafficking. All parents and students are encourage to attend.

A reminder to all parents, this coming Thursday, May 11 @ 6 pm at the high school cafeteria, the police department will be hosting a training/information class on Human Trafficking. This exploitation of kids is on the rise, and rapidly growing right here in our area. We encourage parents and students to attend. It will focus on how it is done, who are the targets, and what steps we can take to protect our kids.

The Columbus Police Department is hosting a Human Sex Trafficking presentation on Thursday, May 11 @ 6 pm. at the high school cafeteria. This is a rapidly growing problem in Montana, and Columbus is no exception. Topics will include what Human Sex Trafficking is,danger signs, who's doing it and how. This presentation will take about an hour or so, and PARENTS are encouraged to attend. Please share this post with others in the community.

Just a quick reminder, anyone still wanting raffle tickets to help support camp postcard, you have until Thursday morning. I have 8 left that I need to sell. Thank you for supporting a good cause. SRO G. Timm

Part of my job as the school resource officer is to attend Camp Postcard. This is a week long camp in June, (25th-30th) geared towards 4th and 5th graders who may struggle socially, or have some self esteem issues. Police officers and deputy sheriff's across the state will each bring 4-6 kids from their own communities to attend. All of the volunteers are in law enforcement. The kids selected are referred to me by the principal/school counselors and teachers. It is free for the child to attend, but the cost of camp is not. The sponsor, Volunteers of America must pay for the use of the camp, which is located just outside Dean, MT. We are hoping to have nearly 100 kids attend this summer. Volunteers of America rely heavily on raffle ticket sales to help with cost. The law enforcement officers volunteer their time. This year they (VoA) are raffeling off: a Rugar AR-15, Glock 43-9mm handgun, Remington 870 shotgun, a $250 day spa package, and a guided float/fishing trip for 2 on the Big Horn. Please help with a raffle ticket purchase or donation. Each ticket is $20. I can be reached at the Columbus high school at 322-5373, or by PM on this facebook page. Thank you, Officer Gary Timm

SRO Timm is seeing more and more problems with students "sexting". He will be in the middle school this week discussing the legal issues with the students. "Sexting" is defined as, sending or receiving sexually explicit photo's or messages. Anyone sending or receiving these under the age of 16 yrs old can be charged with possession/distribution of child pornography, a felony in the State of Montana. PARENTS: Please talk with your child about this. Below are some stats from 2016 Parents who don't think their teens are sexting may be in for a rude awakening. Nearly 30 percent of teens say they've sent nude photos of themselves via text or E-mail, according to a study published earlier this month in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Another 57 percent report being asked to send naked pictures, according to the study, which surveyed close to 1,000 Houston-area high school students, ages 14 to 19. Anyone parent with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact School Resource Officer Gary Timm at 322-5373

After numerous complaints by citizens in the community, here is a reminder that the handicapped parking along the East side of the elementary school is for only that. It is clearly marked, and the department will enforce violations. SRO Timm will be there before and after school to monitor driver's compliance, We appreciate your cooperation.