The Columbia Borough Police Department was established by resolution by the Columbia Borough Council on August 7, 1895. At the time three officers where elected, one of which was the Chief and two where subordinates. One officer was assigned to day shift and two officers to the nightshift.
Today, under the direction of Chief Jack Brommer, the police department employs 19 full-time officers, 3 part-time officers and 2 full-time support staff. The department is responsible for a jurisdiction covering 2 square miles and containing a population of approximately 10,500.
- The Police Department continues to partner with Columbia High School through the School Resource Officer position. The SRO program is designed to integrate a specially trained uniformed police officer into the school setting as a police officer who is part of the school community and whose presence is as inoffensive and as commonplace as a teacher, school nurse or custodian.
- The Department has a Detective who is responsible for follow-up investigation of crimes and is supervised by the Chief of Police.
- In 1993 Borough Council approved the assignment of an officer to the Lancaster County Drug Task Force. The Columbia Borough Police Department has had a mutually beneficial relationship with the County Drug Task Force since its inception.
- The Staff services personnel provide support for the other functions of the police department. Some responsibilities of the non-uniform personnel include maintaining criminal history information, records and maintains offense and accident reports, traffic citations, parking tickets and compiles the statistical information reported under the Uniform Crime Report.
- A non-sworn employee also serves as a Community Service Aide during business hours (M-F 8 AM- 4PM) and several evenings each week (4 PM-12 AM).