City of Columbus Police Department 

159 S. Ludington St.
For Emergencies, Call 911
For all Other Questions,
Call: (920) 623-5919
Fax: (920) 623-5930

Contact: Chief of Police Daniel Meister
              dmeister@columbuswi.us

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Welcome to the City of Columbus Police Department webpage! I hope this site provides you with useful information about who we are and what we do in the community.

2015 marks the 175th anniversary of what is now known as the Columbus Police Department. Since the area was settled in 1839/1840, there has always been some type of law and order function in the community. In that time, we have progressed from "Constables" and "Justices of the Peace" to a full-time, full service, professional law enforcement organization.

Many things have changed since then from a law enforcement standpoint. There have been tremendous improvements in the technology we use and the training we participate in. One thing that has remained consistent though is our commitment to a safe community.

We strive to enhance the quality of life in the community by proactively patrolling in an effort to detect problems that can have a negative impact on the community. By way of problem solving and community partnerships, we collaborate to identify solutions to issues that can have a negative impact on public safety. We also reactively serve the community by responding to calls for service.

Around 1829, Sir Robert Peel (considered the founder of modern-day, community oriented policing) identified nine principles that he felt were critical to effective law enforcement in a community. His seventh principle states:

"Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence."

To us this means that we are partners in public safety. We, as officers of the law must work collaboratively with the public in order to be effective and respected. 186 years later, this principle is still relevant and critical to successful community policing.

This year, we are wearing specially issued, "175th" commemorative badges celebrating our service to this community. The police badge is not only a symbol of identification and authority, but it is a symbol (and reminder) of the trust that the public has delegated to us in performing our duties. We take that trust seriously and strive each day to earn it.

So as we celebrate our service to the community throughout this year, please take the time to stop at one of our community programs/events and speak with us. We appreciate getting to know members of the community and letting you know a little bit more about who we are and what we do. If you can’t make it to an event, feel free to call us or stop in at the police department.

Take care and be safe!

Daniel M. Meister
Chief of Police
City of Columbus

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MUNICIPAL WARRANTS (City of Columbus, WI.)


The City of Columbus Police Department holds active warrant(s) for the individuals listed on the linked page below. This list is current at the time of posting. All warrants must be verified through the City of Columbus Police Department before any individual will be taken into custody. Private citizens are not allowed to take individuals into custody on municipal warrants. Do not attempt to intervene or interfere with any individual who you believe has an active warrant. If you know the whereabouts of any of these persons, please report any information you have to the Columbus Police Department or your local law enforcement agency. If your name appears on this list and you wish to take care of your warrant, you may contact the City of Columbus Police Department by calling 920-623-5919. After business hours, calls will initially be received by the Columbia County Sheriff’s dispatch center. You may also contact the municipal court clerk at 920-484-6320.

PAYMENT

Fine amounts for warrants may be paid in cash, cashier’s check or with a credit/debit card only. Credit/debit card payment can be made online at: www.GovPayNOW.com, PLC# is 6569

NOTE: These warrants are issued by the Eastern Columbia County Joint Municipal Court (ECCJMC) judge. Contact information for the court:
Clerk Karen Schmitt
Eastern Columbia County Joint Municipal Court
641 S Main St (Village Hall)
PO Box 96
Fall River, WI 53932
920-484-6320
http://www.eccjmc.com

Current list of warrants



***** PARKING RESTRICTIONS BY THE MIDDLE SCHOOL *****

With the recent start of the school year, there have been some questions about parking by the Columbus Middle School. Several parents and school staff members have presented questions about the parking regulations on W. School St. next to the middle school building. More specifically, I have been asked as to where parents can legally park to drop off and pick up their students.

While there are signs posted in the 200 block of W. School St. that prohibit parking during school hours, city ordinance allows for a 10 minute exception to allow for motorists to drop off or pick up students at the school.

However, there is no exception in the area by the school district entrance where the curb is painted yellow and there is also a fire hydrant. Motorists should NOT park in this area for temporary drop off or pick up.

While we understand that many parents arrive more than 10 minutes prior to school being let out for the day, we will use discretion in enforcing this ordinance. The objective here is to not have vehicles parked for extended periods of time and while left unattended. Again, the exception is intended to allow for motorist to wait for a short period of time to drop off or pick up students at the middle school. Should a motorist actually have to leave the vehicle to go inside the school, the time that the vehicle is left unattended should be brief in nature.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in following the rules of the road and helping to make the community a safer place.

Please note that there are several notices regarding the traffic flow in and around the school buildings. These notices are on the Columbus Police Department Facebook page:
(https://www.facebook.com/pages/Columbus-Wisconsin-Police-Department/163079970410963)



The City of Columbus Police Department is now an active member of the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN). Click here for additional information.



Vision:
We are committed to working together with the community, in a problem-solving partnership, to prevent crime, enforce laws, and resolve conflicts, thereby improving the quality of life.

Mission:
The mission of the Columbus Police Department is to maintain peace and order in the community.  We seek to accomplish this mission in a fair and consistent manner, exhibiting high ethical standards.  Our members are committed to a level of training and education that allows us to provide quality services to the citizens of Columbus.

Description:
The City of Columbus Police Department is a full-time, professional law enforcement agency committed to serving this community through a philosophy of collaboration and by utilizing a problem solving approach to maintaining law and order and enhancing the quality of life in Columbus. The department consists of 11 sworn officers, one administrative assistant and two clerical support staff. The department also oversees 8 school crossing guards.

The department is organized as follows:
Office of the Chief
Chief of Police - Daniel M. Meister

Administrative Assistant
Operational Services Bureau
Commander - Lt. Roger Witthun
Technical Services & Support Bureau
Commander - Lt. Dennis Weiner
Patrol Division
Training Division
Administrative Division
Investigations Division
School Safety Division
Uniform Patrol Shifts
Canine Section
Community Services
In Service
Recertification
Specialized Training
Field Training
Clerical
Records Management
Evidence Management
Information Systems
Professional Standards
Fleet Management
Equipment Management
Criminal Investigations
Case Management
Internal Investigations
School Liaison Officer
School Crossing Guards


Contact us at:

Office of the Chief - 920-623-5919

Chief of Police - Daniel M. Meister (Ext. 4200): DMeister@columbuswi.us
Administrative Assistant - Erika Kellar (Ext. 4250): ekellar@columbuswi.us

Operational Services Bureau
Commander - Lt. Roger Witthun: RWitthun@columbuswi.us

Patrol Division - 920-623-5919
Lieutenant Roger Witthun (Ext. 4221): RWitthun@columbuswi.us
Sergeant Terry Seely (Ext. 4224): TSeely@columbuswi.us
Officer Matt Schultz (Ext. 4222): MSchultz@columbuswi.us
Officer Kelly Towne (Ext. 4223): ktowne@columbuswi.us
Officer Christopher Rathmann (Ext. 4227): crathmann@columbuswi.us
Officer Eric Nofsinger (Ext. 4228): enofsinger@columbuswi.us
Officer Ben Ziegler (Ext. 4229): bziegler@columbuswi.us
Officer Kayla Damrow (Ext. 4230): kdamrow@columbuswi.us

Technical Services & Support Bureau
Commander - Lt. Dennis Weiner: DWeiner@columbuswi.us

Investigations Division - 920-623-6046
Lieutenant Dennis Weiner: DWeiner@columbuswi.us

Administrative Division - 920-623-5919
Police Clerk Bonnie Langsdorf (Ext 4252): bLangsdorf@columbuswi.us
Police Clerk Kimberly Huber (Ext 4253): khuber@columbuswi.us

NOTE: After hours calls may be received by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center.

The Police Department continually upgrades its equipment both technological and mechanical to allow adequate responses to a wide variety of emergency and non- emergency requests for service from its citizens.



The following link will take you to the State of Wisconsin, Department of Corrections Sexual Offender Registry (SOR) website. You can select a search based on a geographic location or by name.

This is being provided as a public service. The City of Columbus, Columbus Police Department or this website cannot be responsible for the accuracy of the information provided by another organization’s website.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Sex Offender Registry

http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/public/search/search.jsp



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Vacation House/Vehicle Watch



 

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