Columbus Division of Police

The Columbus Division of Police has partnered with CitizenObserver, a secure, easy-to-use web-based alert notification toolset that allows law enforcement agencies to quickly enter content about crimes or incidents, and within seconds, push that information out to businesses, citizens, blockwatch groups, and others who have signed up to receive those alerts. 

Citizens can sign up to receive Citizen Alerts, Case Alerts, and Watch Group Alerts.  Our alert network will allow the Division of Police to keep you updated instantly about crimes, crime trends and patterns, traffic alerts, news releases, homeland security issues, neighborhood alerts, and much more. This service is free to citizens and is available online 24 hours a day.  Information can be received via e-mail, digital pager, and digital cell phone.

Local businesses can participate in the Business Alert Network.  Be sure to select the correct business category when you sign up, so that we will only send you alerts that impact your company.  You can receive these targeted, instantaneous alerts via email, cell phone, pager, and fax.

CitizenObserver will provide a quick and effective way for the Division to communicate with the community about cases we are trying to solve, as well as provide citizens a quick and effective way to communicate with the Division to provide pertinent information they might have about a given case (anonymously, if they so choose). 

Important: Crime tips submitted to Columbus Police through CitizenObserver are not necessarily monitored in real time. If you have a police, fire, or medical emergency, or to report a crime in progress call 911. If you need a police officer dispatched to a non-emergency situation, call our Radio Room at 614-645-4545.

After submitting your tip, you will be provided with your own unique ID number that you may use to check the status of your tip, receive feedback, and submit additional information if necessary.

To be eligible for cash reward, submit your tip through Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

Again, never submit an emergency tip here. Call 911 if it is an emergency.

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