The Dothan Police Department in a collaborative effort with the Alabama Department of Public Health are set to equip Dothan Police Patrol Officers with the drug naloxone or Narcan as it is commonly known. Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.
This is a very important acquisition for the Dothan Police Department as there have been numerous officers across the country that have had accidental exposures to opioids in various liquid and gel forms. In January of this year a Jackson County Florida Deputy was revived after an accidental exposure to the opioid fentanyl during an arrest.
Training on the Narcan will begin this week and our goal is to have all patrol officers equipped by the end of the month.
The safety of our officers remains paramount and this is one more thing we can give them to help them do their jobs and protect them from the daily dangers of police work.
***** UDATE**** MISSING PERSON HAS BEEN LOCATED SAFELY
On Febuary 16th 2019 Officers responded to a report of a missing 68 year old female at Pointe South Mobile Home Lot on Hodgesville Road. Family reported that 68 year old Bonnie Benson left her residence driving a silver 2006 Toyota Camry with Alabama license plate number 5902AC0.
Bonnie was last seen driving the Camry in the 1600 block of Ross Clark Circle. She is reported to have COPD, Congestive Heart Failure, and has been off of her oxygen for several hours. She is also showing signs of early dementia.
The Dothan Police Department asks that anyone who has seen or comes into contact with Bonnie to please contact your local Law Enforcement. A “Silver Alert” has been issued and search efforts are ongoing.
UPDATE @ 10:13pm: The suspect is no longer a threat at this time.
We are continuing to monitor the events in Auburn, Alabama a short time ago. An Auburn Police Officer was shot and critically injured after effecting a traffic stop involving a robbery suspect.
The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old white male Christopher James Wallace. He may be in the company of an unknown white female. He may be wearing or in possession of a camo hoodie sweatshirt.
The vehicle is a silver Jeep Liberty bearing a Barbour County, Alabama tag 6AB5267.
The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. If you see the vehicle or suspect please call 911.
At the time of this post, we do not believe the suspect is in the Dothan area, but if you have any family or friends near Auburn please make them aware of this potentially dangerous situation.
Thankfully the officer who was shot is in stable condition and expected to make a recovery.