Airport Public Safety - Columbus Airport Commission

Airport Public Safety

Public Safety

The Columbus Airport Public Safety Department is comprised of professional men and women whom have taken an oath to protect and serve all citizens and visitors of our airport. Each Public Safety officer are duly sworn peace officers and firefighters with full arrest powers granted by the laws of this State and Airport Commission Authority.

The goal of the Columbus Airport Public Safety Department is to provide quality law enforcement and fire rescue airport crash services that ensure safe air travel and improve the quality of life for all who work, visit, and live within the Columbus Airport Commission surrounding communities

The L.E.O. (Law Enforcement Office) is located on the first floor of the airport terminal’s main entrance outside the security checkpoint. For immediate assistance please call (706) 393-8183 or speak with any airport employee.


When Stopped By a Public Safety Officer

  • Remain calm, slow down and pull over in a safe location off the roadway
  • Do not exit your vehicle unless asked to do so. This is for safety reasons
  • Keep your hands on the steering wheel so the Officer can see them
  • Inform the Officer of any weapons in your vehicle and their location. Do not reach or point to the location
  • Avoid any sudden movements, especially toward the floorboard, rear seat or passenger side of the vehicle
  • Comply with the Officers request to see your drivers’ license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration. Florida law requires you to carry these with you
  • If your documents are out of reach, tell the Officer where they are before you reach for them.
  • If there are passengers in your vehicle, encourage them to remain quiet and cooperate with instructions. You, as the operator, are solely responsible for your vehicle and its occupants
  • Avoid becoming argumentative. Arguing will not change the Officer’s mind. If you contest the violation, you will have an opportunity to address the matter in court
  • Answer all questions truthfully
  • The Officer may issue you a ticket. If you feel the reason is vague or unclear, politely ask the Officer for details
  • If asked to sign a citation, do so. It is not an admission of guilt. Refusal could result in an arrest
  • You have the right to politely deny a request by a Police Officer to search your car; however, if probable cause is present, the Officer has the right to search your vehicle without your consent
Badge Process

Badge Processing Services

Badge processing is by appointment only and is located in Administration on the 2nd floor. As you enter the airport via the Main Entrance, proceed toward the security checkpoint. To the left of the checkpoint is a set of double glass doors. Through the doors is an elevator. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. Turn left down the hall and enter the doors on the right labeled Public Safety. Handle your contactless smart cards/badges properly to avoid damage.

Note: Employees and/or tenants are responsible for all costs of damaged/lost badges. 

To make an appointment call: 706-324-2449 Ext. 1417.

Hours and Fees

Administrative Office

Monday – Friday 8:00a.m. to 5 p.m.

New/Renewal Badge Processing

Fee: $40.00
Lost/Stolen Fee: $75.00

Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.


Fee: $50.00

Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Fingerprinting Disposition Review

Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Vehicle Access Permits & Decals

Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Interactive Employee Training (IET)

All Training Courses Security Awareness (SIDA) Training, Drivers Training & Authorized Signatory (AS) Refresher Training (for renewals only)

By APPOINTMENT ONLY. Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m.
Employees will not be admitted into the training room before/after these hours!


New Year’s Day

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

Memorial Day


Independence Day

Labor Day

Columbus Day

Veteran’s Day

Thanksgiving Day & The Day After

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Badge Processing Information AOA/General Aviation & Sida


All badge applicant’s must complete a Security Threat Assessments (STA) Clearance before Badge is issued


All Applicants including renewals must submit Access Control Badge Application Form to Airport Public Safety Office completed in its entirety, signed by signatory representative. All signatory authority verify each employee’s personal information on the Badge Application before it is submitted.


All SIDA (Security Identification Display Area) Badge must under go a fingerprint Criminal History Record Check (CHRC), Security Threat Assessment (STA), Security Awareness Training (SIDA). Except those exempt by TSA policy.


APPROVED Forms of Identification are required. Acceptable Documents: (Choose one)

Driver’s License/ID & Social Security Card

Driver’s License/ID & Birth Certificate Driver’s License/ID & Passport

Security Forms

Security Forms

As a prospective, new or current employee, you may have questions about security procedures at Columbus Airport. This section was designed to answer your questions.

Each of the forms below describes the procedures for each step in the security clearance process. Print, download and fill out the forms, as directed by the employer. Please do not sign the forms until you come into the office with proper identification. Forms should be returned to the Public Safety Office, located on the second floor of the Main Terminal.


Signatory Authority & Training

Signatory is a representative of a Company who is responsible for record keeping of the company badge holders. Signatory Training will be provided by the Airport Badge Office. Training will be held Yearly. Dates and times will be provided by email.

Annual Recurrent Training is Required. A signatory who fails to complete initial or annual recurrent training will be removed as an Authorized Signatory and badges will not be issued. All other badges under that Company will also be deactivated. Until the training requirements are fulfilled.

Departmental Contact Information