Security - Information

General Information

On behalf of the Muscogee County School District’s Security Department, welcome to our web page. The Security Department serves as the Public Safety Department of the Muscogee County School District, and uses both sworn Peace Officers and Civilian Security Personnel to accomplish that mission. The Security team through its collaborative partnerships with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, Muscogee County Marshal’s Office, and the Columbus Police Department provide police services to the District’s 33,000 students and 6,000 employees. The Security Team also provides safety and security services for 62 locations across the City of Columbus. Each of our officers strive to provide excellent service to all of our stakeholders, while serving as ambassadors to the students by building positive relationships and character-building rapports between students and Law Enforcement. In addition to calls for service, the Security Department conducts both criminal and administrative investigations for the Muscogee County School District.

The Security Department also serves as the Central Monitoring Station for all of the alarms and critical systems across the School District and is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Security Department is led by Mr. Scott Thomann, who has been in Law Enforcement since 1978. He is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. Mr. Wade Cook, his assistant, has 15 years of Law Enforcement experience with the Columbus, Georgia Police Department and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Mr. Thomann and Mr. Cook both are sworn Peace Officers with the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office.

Documents and Resources

Columbus Police Department
Muscogee County Sheriff's Office

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Police Officers talk to my children while they are at school?

Not only can they; it is encouraged. Police Officers are encouraged to engage students in positive dialogue to build positive relationships. In the event a student becomes a suspect in a criminal case, the same Constitutional Rights apply to the student as if they were outside of the school setting. The age of the students is taken into consideration when speaking with students in regard to incidents that they may have witnessed.

Why are Police Officers in the schools?

Police Officers are in our schools to create a safe learning environment. Police Officers are not administrators and are not in the schools to enforce school policy. Officers do work closely with Administrators to assure the safety of the students and the staff.

Can parents or guardians be banned from a school or Muscogee County School District Property?

Yes. We would hope that all of our parents and guardians would be good examples for all of our students, but, unfortunately, there are times that this is not the case. On these rare occasions where parents or guardians create unacceptable patterns of behavior, they will be banned for a period of time. This could range from weeks, to months, to years. If they return prior to the date specified, this could result in criminal charges.

What happens if I violate the traffic patterns that are established on school property?

Safety is paramount at all of our schools, and the traffic patterns that are in place are for the safest and most effective movement of traffic. Those drivers that are habitual violators of the traffic regulations could lose the privilege to drive on Muscogee County School Property, and, depending on the severity, could receive a traffic citation or risk arrest. We depend on you to keep our students safe.

Are drug dogs used in the Muscogee County schools?

Yes. Random canine intervention is used in all of schools. The Canine Units that are used are trained to detect a wide range of contraband and display a passive alert.

Why am I required to show ID when checking my student out of school?

Please be prepared to show identification each and every time you check out your student. It is imperative for the safety of our students that we positively identify those individuals that check out a student. We are responsable for your child and we do not take that responsibility lightly.

I have a weapon permit issued by the State of Georgia. May I carry my weapon into a school?

No! Despite the fact you have a "Carry Permit", it is unlawful to carry your weapon into any school or Muscogee County School Building. GEORGIA LAW O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1 If you are a permit holder, your weapon must remain in a locked container in your vehicle while on School District Property.

Contact Information

David S Thomann Coordinator, Security Department

706-748-2860