Columbus Police Accepting Applications for Patrol Officers

The Columbus Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of patrol officer. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and less than 40 years of age when hired. Prospective applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent and complete all aspects of the hiring process and training program. College graduates, military veterans, and persons with law enforcement experience are strongly encouraged to apply. All applicants must apply online at

The 2024 salary range for a patrol officer is $70,000.00- $89,600.00. Officers are assigned a “take home” patrol vehicle with usage in Bartholomew and adjoining counties and work 8.5 hour shifts with alternating weekends off. Officers also receive up to five weeks vacation time and paid holidays, shift differential pay (up to 10%), college credit allowance up to $2,850.00, military incentive pay up to $1424.00, clothing allowance of $900.00 per year, and specialty unit pay up to $3000.00 per year. PERF retirement is available after 20 years of service.

Applications will be accepted until December 4th, 2023. The first steps of the testing process, a written test, physical test and interviews, will be conducted on Saturday, December 9th, 2023.