The City of Columbia in Missouri offers a range of community and economic development services. It maintains a fire department that provides fire prevention and suppression services. The city operates a police department that strives to maintain a peaceful and safe environment and protects residents lives and properties. The City of Columbia in Missouri maintains a city council, as well as offers building permit inspection and tracking services. It also operates a public works department that has airport, building maintenance and engineering divisions. The city maintains law, human resources, finance, and planning and development departments. In addition, the City of Columbia in Missouri operates the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau.