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Department Information

Badge 1921The Columbia Heights Police Department currently has a sworn staff of 27 full time officers including patrol, community policing, investigations, school liaisons, and a detective assigned to a narcotics task force.  The Police Department has six full time support staff.

We have several programs which we utilize to provide services to the community including:


  • Bike Patrol
  • Community Oriented Policing
  • Community Service Officers
  • Cops-N-Kids
  • D.A.R.E
  • Member of the Anoka-Hennepin Drug Task Force

Additional assignments include: D.A.R.E Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Field Training Officer, First Aid Instructor, Investigator, School Resource Officer, Taser Instructor, Use of Force Instructor

The Ideal Columbia Heights Officer has...

  • A community oriented approach
  • Great communication skills
  • High integrity
  • High work ethic
  • Self motivation
  • The ability to creatively solve problems
  • The desire to be challenged

The Columbia Heights Police Department strongly encourages those seeking employment opportunities as an officer with the department to obtain their Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or a related field. The ability to speak multiple languages is a plus.

Volunteer and internships opportunities are available. For more information please contact Captain Lenny Austin by calling (763)706-8100.