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Public Safety Corps (PSC) is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are between 14 - 21 years of age.                

PSC provides knowledge, skills, and practical experience through education and training delivered by public safety professionals. These Mentors help build character, emphasize physical fitness and instill respect for the rule of law, and civil rights. For the young men and women who are interested in a law enforcement career, PSC offers experiential learning with fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of young adults.

The Columbus Division of Police PSC meet twice weekly:

Monday, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM 
Columbus Police Academy (1000 N. Hague Avenue)

Wednesday, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Columbus Police Academy (1000 N. Hague Avenue)

Public Safety Corps members will learn about:

Police Radio 10-codes
Police Officers use radio codes to talk over the air. PSCs are expected to learn these codes and are tested on them weekly.
Physical Training
PSCs are tested on the physical standards that applicants are required to meet in order to become an officer.
Crime Scene Search / Investigation
Training goes above a normal officer's duty to investigate and search a crime scene, collect evidence, and potentially solve a crime.
Bomb Threat Response
Includes what to do in an extreme situation of any bomb threat or other serious threat to potentially injure property and life.
Building Searches
An example of a burglary with an open building, preparing to make entry and searching the premises for suspects.

Arrest and Search Techniques
Training that SWAT uses in their duties, making entry into a building with a search warrant to arrest persons and search the property.
Traffic Crash Investigation
How to investigate a serious traffic crash, taking measurements and witness statements in order to determine the series of events that lead to the crash.
Domestic Crisis Intervention
The most common call, domestic situations can escalate into violence.  PSCs are trained how to solve common domestic problems.
Crisis Negotiation
Some serious situations can result in a suspect holding a hostage. PSCs learn negotiating techniques used to end these situations peacefully.
Traffic Stops
A common pickup run, PSCs train for various situations: from a basic traffic ticket that goes without incident to irate drivers and even high-risk felony stops.
Uniform inspections are conducted often.  Uniforms are inspected to ensure PSCs are representing the Unit and the Division proudly.
Defensive Tactics
The Defensive Tactics Unit gives PSCs training on how to control a prisoner in custody and training to protect themselves from harm.
And much more... 
Other activities include Crime Prevention, White Collar Crime, Emergency Field First Aid, Vice, Narcotics, and Canine.  


All Public Safety Corps members who join may participate in the Division's PSC Ride-Along Program with Columbus Police Officers after a three-month probationary period.  During a ride-along, PSCs experience first hand what an officer's daily duties are like.  Members will see what happens on the street and can even assist officers with tasks such as paperwork, computer operations, and radio transmissions.

PSC members also have several opportunities to attend regional and national competitions and conferences.

For more program information, please contact:

Sgt. Lindsey Alli 5352 (Lead Mentor) - (614) 774-7766 or [email protected]

Recruiting Unit - (614) 645-4642 or  [email protected]