For more information call (812) 376-2570 or visit:

City Hall – Personnel Office
123 Washington St.
Columbus, IN 47201

Requirements for Employment

The following are the requirements to become a police officer with the Columbus Police Department:

  • Must be a United States Citizen;
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License;
  • Must successfully complete all phases of the hiring process to be considered for employment.
  • Must be at least 21 years old and not older than 35 years old when sworn-in.

CPD Employment Application (PDF Document)

Hiring Process
The Columbus Police Department (CPD) is continually seeking qualified applicants for the position of police officer. CPD offers a challenging and rewarding career and opportunities to serve the community in a variety of ways. The Department has a tradition of strict hiring standards, extensive training, state of the art equipment and technology, and professionalism. CPD is highly regarded in the law enforcement community and one of the most sought after departments for those seeking a career in policing.

Our hiring process is a competitive process and is generally conducted once per year. Applicants compete against each other in terms of qualifications and performance in the various phases of the hiring process. While not required, a college education, law enforcement experience, and/or military service will improve an applicant’s standing. Those applicants who pass all phases of the hiring process are placed on an eligibility list for future openings. CPD’s hiring process and benefit package are described below.

The hiring process includes, but is not limited to, the following:

After an offer of employment is extended, the following will be completed:

  • Thorough background investigation including a polygraph exam;
  • Psychological evaluation;
  • Successful completion of: probationary year, including Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, and Field Training Program.

2019 Salary

Patrol Officer’s Salary:

  • Overtime Compensation Benefits
  • Life insurance / Health Insurance Plan
  • Military Incentive Pay* (minimum $178.00 and maximum $1,424.00)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Shift differential wage incentive (2nd shift receives 5%, 3rd shift receives 10%)
  • Wellness Program and Health Programs
  • Vacation Time and Paid Holidays
  • College Credit Allowance* (minimum $250.00 and maximum $2,850.00
  • Public Employee Retirement Fund (city pays 50% of employee’s share in addition to city’s cost)
  • Take-home car use in Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, and Shelby Counties
  • Clothing Allowance is $900.00
  • Specialty Pay: Up to $3,000 a year*

*Payable after probationary year

New officers rotate for one year before becoming eligible to bid on shift assignments.