Events & Programs


The official city of Columbus Trick-or-Treat hours are Saturday, October 28th from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.

The police department will be handing out treats during this event at the public safety building -159 S. Ludington St.

Here are some safety tips for our Trick-or-Treaters and their parents…

1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.

2. Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

3. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

4. When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

5. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

6. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

7. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

8. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

9. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to

the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

10. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Here is a great acronym to remember from the CDC: 


Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.



On Saturday, October 28, 2017, our department will be participating in a nationwide event in which we are trying to make our community safer by reducing drug dependency and substance abuse. 

During this event, the public can safely dispose of their unused/unwanted medicines. Specifically, we are encouraging our community members to get rid of those prescription drugs that fall into the opioid/pain reliever category. The current opioid epidemic in our country has shown that many people have abused these legal painkillers and have become addicted to other, more dangerous substances.  

The event will be held at the Columbus Community Hospital, 1515 Park Ave. from 11:00AM - 2:00PM. There will be an officer at the main entrance drive up to assist with the collection efforts. 

If you plan to dispose of any medications we ask that you adhere to the following:

- Leave all medicines in their original container
- Remove any labels with your personal information on them

If you cannot make it to this event, we have a disposal box in the lobby of our building. This box is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Thanks to all who showed up for this event! We enjoyed great coffee and conversation. Special thanks to Columbus Family Restaurant and owner, Fernando Diaz for donating the space and the coffee.


Engaging our community in public safety efforts is a top priority of the City of Columbus Police Department. We share the community’s concerns and make every effort to address them. Coffee with a Cop is a national movement that aims to build trust and communication between community members and police officers, one cup of coffee at a time.

It’s a simple concept: Police officers and community members come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. In over 80 cities in 24 states, Coffee with a Cop has done wonders for community trust and partnership building. One of the keys to Coffee with a Cop’s success is that it removes the physical barriers that routinely exist between police officers and community members, allowing for the relaxed, one-on-one interactions which are the necessary foundation of partnerships. Informal contact in a friendly atmosphere increases trust between police officers and the members of our community which is critical to public safety and problem solving.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

WHERE: Columbus Family Restaurant

224 Dix St. St. Columbus, WI. 53925

TIME: 7:00AM – 9:00AM

The coffee is free!

So please stop in to meet with us. You don’t have to drink coffee to participate.

Coffee With A Cop

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We regret to inform you that this event is being cancelled due to a lack of participants signing up.

​GUTTER BUSTERS - Bowling with a Police Officer

​Hey Columbus kids ages 7 to 14.... want to go bowling with one of your Columbus Police Officers?

​Please join us for our Gutter Busters youth bowling event. Click here for more info.

​Parents - please sign up your child before September 15th. Stop in or call us for more details.
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A HUGE "Thank You" to all our NNO sponsors this year:​
​Mullin’s Short Stop – Don Johnson (D.J. music) - Culvers - Columbus True Value Hardware – Kwik Trip Pepsi – Sentry Foods – Dollar General Store Doylestown Fire Dept. (kids games)

National Night Out - Tuesday, August 1st (6PM-10PM


​​Once again we are having a National Night Out (NNO) community event. It will be at the Fireman's Park Pavilion again. There will be events and displays from various community organizations. There will also be free food and beverages, music and a family magic show.

​NNO is a community event that brings law enforcement and the community together in a fun environment. National Night Out (NNO) is a community based event that is geared towards educating the public about safety issues. More importantly, it is an event that brings people together in a cooperative relationship. This event is just one way in which our police department strives towards improving our relationship with the community we serve.

​We hope to see you on August 1st!


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Coffee With A Cop - June 3rd

Thanks to all who joined us - the weather was crummy but the coffee and conversations were great!

​Join us on Saturday, June 3rd from 8:00AM - 10:00AM at the Columbus McDonalds - 1540 W. James St.

​Enjoy some conversation and complimentary coffee with officers from our department.
Coffee With A Cop

Interested in hosting an event with us?

We are looking for local businesses and organizations that would like to host community events like Coffee With A Cop.

Contact Chief Meister if you are interested.