Community Educational Programs

The below programs are just a few the department has provided over the years. If you are interested contact the C.O.P.S. Unit at (931) 560-1647 to set up a date and time we can speak to your group.

Adult Programs:

  • Senior Safety

CRIME IS A FRIGHTENING PROBLEM especially for older adults. You may be concerned about burglary; fraud; muggings; and purse snatching. But, as an older adult, you don’t have to feel helpless. You can learn how to reduce your chances of becoming a crime victim. 

  • Crime Prevention & Safety Talks

Is your group or organization needing a program conducted?
The Columbia Police Department will provide to any group or organization in the Columbia area programs to educate and inform the public. All our programs are free of charge and we offer a wide variety of topics. 



Community Programs:

National Night Out
National Night Out is "America's Night Out Against Crime" sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. The Columbia Police Department coordinates a citywide National Night Out (NNO) observance annually to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

For information, call the Community Oriented Policing Unit at 931-560-1631 and visit the National Night Out page.

Children’s Programs:


Shop with a COP

Shop With A Cop is a unique program in which Columbia Police Officers can make a positive contribution to the community by sharing Christmas with children and families in Columbia who are in need. Officers and kids spend time one-on-one together in an unforgettable Holiday shopping experience. Shop With A Cop is sponsored by the local FOP Lodge #26, in cooperation with the Columbia Police Department. Shop With A Cop is funded primarily through donations and yearly fundraisers conducted in Columbia. 

How are children selected to participate?

Children are recommended for participation in the program by referrals from Columbia Police Department members and the elementary school employees in Columbia. The criteria for the children are they must be a resident of Columbia between the ages of six and eleven and have a social or economic need, have not participated in the Shop With A Cop program in the past, and are not currently receiving support for Christmas through another charitable program.

For more information on the Shop With A Cop program, or to make a donation, please contact:

Shop With A Cop
CPD C.O.P.S. Unit 
707 N Main Street
Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 560-1647

Tours of Police Headquarters


The Columbia Police Department will provide group tours of the police headquarters, which include a walk-through of various divisions and an opportunity for children to ask officers questions. The child often can see demonstrations by specialized units such as the Motorcycle Unit and K-9 Unit.