The Uniform Division of the Columbus Police Department carries a long and proud history of service to the citizens of Columbus and the surrounding area. Twenty fours hours a day, seven days a week, the men and women of the Uniform Division strive to keep Columbus a safe and vibrant city.
The Uniform Division forms the backbone of the Department and serves as our first response to any call or crisis that may occur within the city. With nearly 27,000 calls for service and over 29,000 officer initiated contacts in 2012, it is easy to see the uniform officers stay very busy. At times, some shifts average over 100 calls for service in just an eight-hour period.
The Uniform Division consists of three shifts that operate around the clock. Typically, each shift has fifteen to eighteen officers assigned that work on a rotating basis.
When an officer hires on to the Columbus Police Department, he or she will be assigned to the Uniform Division at the completion of the Department's field training program. Uniform officers range from first year rookies to twenty-plus year veterans.
Officers assigned to the Uniform Division respond to all types of calls from the slightest to the most dangerous. We provide community services such as assistance for stranded motorist, funeral escorts, and parade details. We routinely respond to domestic violence calls, suspicious persons, prowlers, burglary alarms, fights, traffic accidents, weather related emergencies, and numerous other types of calls for assistance. At times, our uniform officers are asked to place their own personal safety at risk by responding to high priority calls. Incidents involving weapons, high-speed pursuits, and/or violent criminals have become more frequent. With the influx of drugs such as methamphetamine into our area, uniform officers are often called upon to deal with subjects under the influence of powerful, mind-altering, substances. The shear nature of these drugs make this situation unpredictable at best and extremely dangerous at its worst.
Members of the Uniform Division strive to maintain a professional image, not only in their appearance, but also in the performance of their duties. The Columbus Police Department prides itself on being one of the best-trained agencies in the state of Indiana. This is immediately reflected in the work the men and women of the Uniform Division do on a daily basis.
They may not know what the next day or even the next call will require of them as officers, but rest assured, whatever it is, they will strive to perform in a fair, disciplined, and highly professional manner.