Adult Programs

Adult Programs 2017-04-13T13:07:24+00:00

Citizen’s Firearms Safety Course

We believe that it is the responsibility of every gun owner to be as educated and as safe as they can possibly be. Thexis course is designed for anyone with an interest in: firearms, their safe handling, the safe storage of guns, an understanding of Indiana gun laws and enhancing their shooting skills.

The class will consist of a half day of classroom lecture/training and then move to the firing range for practical skills application of the material discussed in the class.

We hope that you enjoy the class and take away something that is going to benefit you, the responsible gun owner.

Our next Citizen’s Firearms Course will be offered in Spring and Fall 2017.


The purpose of the Columbus Police Department’s Firearms Safety Course is to educate the pubic on general safety and handling of firearms.

*Upon passing a background check, you may be eligible for acceptance into this course.  The Firearms Instructors will have sole discretion for your acceptance to and attendance at this course.

The cost for this course is $25.00 per individual and MUST be paid by CHECK, made payable to the Columbus Police Department.  Payment will only be accepted on the day of the class.

*You DO NOT need a handgun permit to attend this course per I.C. Code 35-47-2-1.  (If no permit, handgun must be unloaded, not readily accessible and secured in a case.)

Requirements for this course are listed below:
– Must be 18 years of age and be able to pass a criminal history check.
– Must bring a legal, modern handgun that will pass instructor inspection for safety and reliability. Calibers which will be accepted are: .22, .380acp, .38 special, 357 magnum, 38 super, 9mm parabellum, .40 Smith & Wesson, .45acp.  NOTE: Any other calibers must be approved prior to the start of the course)
– Must bring minimum 100 rounds of NEW manufactured ammunition for your handgun, also subject to inspection by instructor. NO Reloads.
– Must have a BELT holster specifically made for your handgun, and a STURDY belt.  No cross draw, ankle or shoulder holsters will be allowed.
– Every person must bring eye and ear protection, to be worn at all times while on the range.
– The rules of classroom and range will be strictly enforced. Any violations may result in the student being dismissed from the course.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION regarding this course, contact Sergeant Tom Foust at (812) 376-2642 or

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Public Safety Academy

The Public Safety Citizens’ Academy  is a free ten-week program designed to educate local residents about public safety operations. During previous classes, participants learned about the Columbus Police Department Bomb Squad, SWAT Team, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics/Vice Units and K-9 Division.

Participants will get the chance to fire police weapons at the department’s firing range and use the Columbus Fire Department’s equipment to cut open a wrecked vehicle in a mock extrication scenario and put out an actual fire using a fire extinguisher.

“The Citizens’ Academy is a great way to connect with our residents and show them what we do and how we do it,” Columbus Police Chief Jon Rohde said. “We let them have the same experiences as our city police officers and firefighters, from riding along on patrols to putting out fires.”

Hundreds of local residents have completed the Citizens’ Academy since it started in the mid-1990s.  CPD Lt. Matt Harris, one of the academy organizers, said “this is an excellent opportunity for residents to experience first hand how our public safety personnel help keep Columbus safe.” “Few people outside the world of public safety will experience what academy participants get to see and do during the course.”

The Columbus Fire Department and other agencies joined the Columbus Police Department to broaden the scope of courses taught as part of the academy.  Several topics of interest are covered each week.  The chiefs and all officers who present for the academy volunteer their time.

The 2017 Public Safety Citizens’ Academy will give residents the chance to learn more about public safety in Columbus and Bartholomew County. Questions about this program can be directed to Lt. Matt Harris at 812-376-2605 or

The 2017 Public Safety Citizens’ Academy is scheduled to begin August 10 and will continue until October 19.  Classes will be held each Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and is limited to thirty participants.

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Citizens Academy Information and Application (PDF)

Women’s Self-Defense Course

This course will run for four consecutive weeks at the Columbus Police Department Range Training Facility Located on Grissom Street (East of Middle Road) near the Columbus Municipal Airport.

The next class will be April 6th-27th.

The class will run from 6:30-9:00pm each session.

Attire for attendees is gym style clothing and NO jewelry.

The session will start with a basic self defense and awareness PowerPoint followed by some Self Defense basics.  Each week, we will progress through striking, kicking, some basic escapes and human targeting.

Please contact Lt. Matt Harris at 376-2605 for class availability.

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Printable Forms:
Self Defense Application

Self Defense Waiver Form