Columbia Township Police Department

Columbia Township Police Department  

Phone Number- (517) 592-3122

David K. Elwell, Chief of Police



Columbia Township Police Department Profile

We are a full-service police department, located at 8500 Jefferson Road, Brooklyn, MI. Our website was re-designed in late 2005. Our department itself had also just gone through a series of major changes, including personnel. David Elwell became the chief, and several new officers joined the force. A number of infrequently used programs were discontinued, and we brought our focus back to providing not only basic police services, but expanding our presence in the community, enhancing our training, improving our case closure rate, fulfilling our reporting requirements, and becoming more responsible to our community. Prior to 1992, the department was known as the Brooklyn-Columbia Police Department. Since that time, we have been the Columbia Township Police Department. We patrol not only the greater Columbia Township area, but also specifically the Village of Brooklyn. Although geographically just North of the Michigan International Speedway, Columbia Township Police assists during race weekends, as well as other scheduled events at the speedway. During Nascar race weekends, the Brooklyn area becomes the third-largest populated area in Michigan. The lake areas of Columbia Township also contribute to a summertime population explosion. Our calls for service are routed through the Jackson County 911 center for all emergency and non-emergency calls. This allows for a faster response in the event of an emergency, and yet allows residents to request a Columbia Township police officer for non-emergency type matters. In 2004, there were 2,430 calls for police service in Columbia Township. Additionally, there is a 211 service for those needing help in the community that do not require or need a police officer. We thank you for visiting our website, and we look forward to serving you!

Sincerely, David K. Elwell, Chief of Police 

1. Why should I call 911 instead of calling Columbia Township Police Department directly?

 All calls for service are dispatched through the 911 center, whether emergency or non-emergency. Our report numbers are generated through 911, as it is easier to track them. When the call is an emergency, the 911 dispatchers can quickly locate the closest patrol unit to where the emergency is, thereby saving precious time. If your need for a police officer is not an emergency, you can request a Columbia Township officer, and they will be the ones that handle your call. Administrative calls, or information on a previous complaint, may be called in directly to the police department.  

2. How are typical private-property accidents, (damage only, no injuries) handled?

 The completion of private-property (no injury) accident reports is for the convenience of your insurance company. All local departments in the county have been handling these complaints in the same way for a number of years. Forms are available at nearly any local police department, and those involved complete the informational sections of the form, which is then retained by the police agency having jurisdiction where the accident happened. A report number is assigned to it, and it is then available for your insurance company. 3. How do I take care of a ticket for a loud-exhaust? Fines for certain tickets, such as a broken headlight and loud exhaust, may be waived if the equipment is fixed within 10 business days. These tickets may be signed off by any officer, and the ticket must then be presented to the traffic court. 

3. How do I report a crime in my neighborhood?

If the crime is in-progress, call 911. If you believe there is ongoing criminal activity, that may not be occurring at specifically that moment, contact Columbia Township Police directly on their administrative line. There is also a “tip” sheet that can be accessed and printed from our website, which you can then mail in to the Columbia Township Police Department. There is also a Jackson County Tip Line, where you can also remain anonymous, if you choose. It is 787-0212. Calls and tips into this number can be directed to the appropriate agency, should your tip involve a crime either inside or outside Columbia Township.