The Columbus Police Department Narcotics Unit has been in existence since the 1970’s.  The types of drugs that have infiltrated our community have varied over the years.  However, the purpose of the Narcotics Unit has not changed; the Columbus Police Department will not tolerate drug dealers in our community.  Drugs are the major contributor to our property crimes and crimes against persons, and our department has and will continue to utilize our resources to combat these types of crimes.

Becoming a member the Narcotics Unit is a highly sought after and coveted position within the department. However, there can be drawbacks to the position that include, long hours, time away from family, and a large and constant caseload. Officers within the unit receive specialized training, and work on a constant basis with the Prosecutor’s Office and agencies such as the Indiana State Police, DEA, FBI, ATF, and numerous agencies throughout the region to ensure that drug dealers are arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible. These connections and close working relationship have resulted in large-scale investigations that have led to states across the United States and at times even into different countries.

Narcotics officers also provide a community service by giving talks and presentations about drugs to businesses, civic organizations, citizen groups and schools. Strong community involvement has proven to be an important part of curbing the flow of illegal drugs into our community.

The Joint Narcotic’s Enforcement Team (JNET) was established in 2015 to unite local efforts to aggressively pursue drug dealers in our community.  JNET is made up of undercover officers from the Columbus Police Department and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and a Bartholomew County Deputy Prosecutor.

We strongly encourage citizens with questions or concerns about drug use in their neighborhoods, businesses, or schools to contact us at, 376-2621. You can remain anonymous with your information or questions.


(812) 379-1689

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(812) 376-2600

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123 Washington Street
Columbus, IN 47201
(812) 376-2653
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8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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