Additional Charges for Terminated Dothan Police School Resource Officer

On February 27, 2018 Dothan Police Investigators obtained an additional arrest warrant for Adrian Alexander Folmar. In December 2017 Folmar was charged with School Employee Engaging in a Sex Act with a Student Under the Age of 19 Years Old. As part of the ongoing investigation, Folmar has also been charged with School Employee Having Sexual Contact with a Student Under the Age of 19 Years Old.

As part of the original investigation an additional victim, 14 years of age, was identified. Folmar was subsequently charged with School Employee Having Sexual Contact with a Student Under the Age of 19 Years Old. This investigation is ongoing and the bond has been set at $15,000.00.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

On behalf of The Dothan Police Department, Chief Parrish is excited to announce a team of assessors from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®), will arrive March 19, 2018 to examine all aspects of the Dothan Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Verification by the team that Dothan Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.

As a part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on March 20, 2018 at 5 PM. The public information session will be held in the Municipal Courtroom at 210 N. St. Andrews Street in the Kater Williams Justice Building.

 

Steven L. Parrish

Chief of Police

Drug Trafficking Arrest

On 02/23/2018 Vice Investigators conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was involved in a narcotics investigation. The investigation revealed that drugs were being brought into Dothan by the driver to be distributed throughout the county. During the course of this traffic stop Investigators recovered methamphetamine (Ice) and a firearm.

Investigators have arrested and charged 34 year old Joshua Drake Howard, of Ready Road, with Drug Trafficking. Additional charges are expected and no further information can be released at this time. Bond will be set at a later time.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Robbery of Papa John’s

On February 20, 2018 the Dothan Police Department responded to an armed robbery at the southside Papa John’s location in the 2000 block of Ross Clark Circle.

During the robbery an unknown  male wearing a blue hoodie, mask and red pants who was armed with a small silver and black handgun robbed the store of US currency. The suspect then fled the store on foot or likely may have gotten into a waiting vehicle.

The Dothan Police Department is asking anyone with information on this incident to please call us at 334-615-3000.

Community members who wish to assist in an anonymous capacity, please call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000 or visit tipsubmit.com. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.

 

Dothan Police Department to Host Coffee with a Cop on February 28, 2018

On Wednesday, February 28, Officers from the Dothan Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7 a.m. on February 28 at The Coffee Bean, 1445 Westgate Parkway. Please contact Lt. Benny Baxley with questions: (334) 793-0230 or bjbaxley@dothan.org.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Dothan’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Dothan Police Lieutenant Benny Baxley. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

 

Dothan Police Looking for Police Impersonator

On February 11th 2018 patrol officers responded to a report of a police impersonator. The victim reported that he was stopped in the 1300 block of E. Selma St. by two black males that were driving a black Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquise. The vehicle was described as having black wheels and a push bumper on the front. The vehicle was equipped with a loud speaker and “flashing all blue lights”.  The black male was described as approximately 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighing approximately 210 pounds with a muscular build and short haircut.

The victim reported that he was told over the loud speaker to pull over. He was approached by a black male wearing a uniform with patches and a gold badge attached to his shirt. The impersonator had a police style duty belt with a radio that may have been a scanner. The victim also stated that a second black male was in the passenger seat of the vehicle, but never exited. He was asked for his drivers license and was told to exit and stand at the rear of his vehicle. He was told he matched the description of a suspect he was looking for then released.

The Dothan Police Department asks that anyone with information regarding this incident please contact them at 334-615-3000 or call Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.

The Dothan Police Department would also like the community to know that if you come into contact with an officer and you are unsure about the encounter please call 911. If you are being stopped slowly pull to a well lit populated area. If continuing to a well lit area is going to take an extended period of time dial 911 and ask the dispatcher if it is in fact a police officer that is pulling you over.

22nd Annual K9 Seminar Media Invitation

The Dothan Police Department will be hosting the 22nd Annual K9 Seminar February 5 through February 9, 2018. K9 teams are expected to participate from all over the southeast region.  Training will focus on narcotics and explosives detection, patrol apprehension and tracking.  Each media outlet is being afforded the opportunity to come out and observe Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 1400 hours. Please meet in the 100 block of Anderson Court (located off of Carroll Street, upon turning in you will see Lt. David staging for media arrival just inside of the gate).  For further information you may contact Lieutenant David at rdavid@dothan.org.

Investigation Leads to Drug Trafficking Charges

On 02/01/2018 Investigators with the Vice Intelligence Division conducted a traffic stop on north County road 55 which concluded a three week investigation into narcotics (crystal methamphetamine) being sold in Dothan and eastern Houston County.

Investigators seized crystal methamphetamine and methamphetamine from the occupants of the vehicle.

Investigators have arrested and charged 39 year old Mary Elizabeth Mathis, of Ashford, with Drug Trafficking. Her bond has been set at $30,000.

Investigators have arrested and charged 30 year old Lance Andrew Sharron, of Pansey, with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond has been set at $10,000.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.