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About Us

The Dothan Police Department provides public safety services to the people of the City of Dothan, Alabama. Dothan is located in the southeastern corner of Alabama roughly 18 miles west of Georgia and north of Florida. The City of Dothan has about 68,000...

A Message from the Chief

The Dothan Police Department is dedicated to professional excellence as an exemplary and CALEA accredited public safety agency. We are committed to establishing an environment in which members of the department and the community continue to grow together;...

Dothan Animal Shelter

The Dothan Police Department operates the Dothan Animal Shelter for the benefit of the citizens and animals of Dothan and surrounding areas in Houston County. The shelter is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. You can call the shelter regarding...
Dothan Community Survey Results

Dothan Community Survey Results

Earlier this year, a community-wide survey of Dothan residents was conducted to gather objective and unbiased information from the residents of Dothan on the topics of quality of life, community policing and race relations. The Dothan Police Department...

Dothan Community Survey Results

Earlier this year, a community-wide survey of Dothan residents was conducted to gather objective and unbiased information from the residents of Dothan on the topics of quality of life, community policing and race relations. The Dothan Police Department...

Meet Our Command Staff

Chief of Police All personnel in the Dothan Police Department report through the chain of command to the Chief of Police, Steven L. Parrish. The chief directly supervises all captains and the police accountant. The Office of the Chief of Police...

Organization

The Dothan Police Department is divided into four main bureaus each commanded by a Police Captain. These bureaus are responsible for carrying out the day-to-day operation of the police department. Administrative Services Bureau The Administrative Services...
Community

Community

One of the cornerstones of an effective and efficient law enforcement agency is community involvement. The Community First initiative is comprised of a variety of programs designed to enhance officer-public interactions in non-enforcement situations. Numerous...
Citizens' Observer Program

Citizens' Observer Program

The Dothan Police Department sponsors a Citizens’ Observer Program (COP). The program allows citizens from our community to be exposed to the challenges and pressures faced by an officer in a typical day of duty. The main goals of the program are to a...
Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a Cop

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 ...

Community Watch

The Dothan Police Department in partnership with the mayor, City Commission, other city agencies and concerned citizens of our community are proud to be a part of Dothan Community Watch, a grassroots program that specializes in addressing community issues...
Junior Police Academy

Junior Police Academy

  The Dothan Police Department Junior Police Academy is a two week intensive training program intended to expose youth between the ages of 12- and 17-years-old the inner workings of the police department. The program helps build positive relationships...

Rape Aggression Defense

The Dothan Police Department is proud to offer the Rape and Aggression Defense course for women and girls ages 13 and up. This is a 12-hour course that includes classroom instruction and practical application of the techniques. The course is broken up...

Contact Us

Snail Mail Dothan Police Department 210 N. Saint Andrews St. Dothan, Alabama 36303 Telephone Main: (334) 615-3000 Fax: (334) 615-3609 Non-Emergency: (334) 793-0215 Emergency: 911 Email Please complete the form below: ...

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Assembly - Parade Permit

Crime

Part I crime offenses are displayed in the chart below showing the trend of these numbers. Crime is down overall, from a 12-month high in October of 2016. For more detailed information, please view the Dothan Crime Snapshot .

Crime Stoppers

Dothan Area Crime Stoppers (DACS) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to providing Dothan residents with a variety of ways to report observed criminal activity to law enforcement.  Its civilian-based, community board of directors provides ...

Sex Offender Registry

The sex offender registry is a public database containing information on registered sex offenders in our community. If you are interested in sex offenders living in other communities, please visit the National Sex Offender Public Website , which can connect...
Jobs

Jobs

Tired of the day job? Please contact our recruiting officer Sgt. Scott Smith at (334) 615-3682 or via our contact form to see if you have what it takes to join the Dothan Police Department. Compensation and Benefits All City of Dothan employees enjoy...

News and Events

The latest news, events and press information from the Dothan Police Department.

Report a Concern

A form for submitting concerns about service issues or other concerns to the police department.

Safety

The Dothan Police Department is concerned with your safety as well as your security. Please take a look at our online safety guides and other information. Community Watch The Dothan Police Department offers a community watch program that is designed...

Automobile Safety

Securing your vehicle can be a simple and effective way to prevent crime. But it's also one of the most often overlooked actions. Many auto burglaries and thefts could be prevented simply by locking your doors. Here are some other tips: Never leave...

Crash Reports

If you've been involved in a vehicle crash in Dothan there are a couple of options when it comes to acquiring a copy of your crash report. Online You may request a copy of your crash report online . In Person You may come by the Dothan Police Department...

Home Alarm Permit

It is a requirement that all home alarms be registered with the City of Dothan. The police department handles the task of registering home alarms. There is a one-time $25 fee to register the alarm. This registration does not expire as long as you live...

Home Security

When away, make your home look and sound occupied. Use an inexpensive timer for lights and radio or TV. Cancel newspaper and other daily deliveries. Lock all windows and doors. Make sure your locks work. Use deadbolts! ...

Safeguarding Children

Protecting our most precious resource is one of the chief reasons the police department exists. Here are some tips for keeping your children safe from harm in today's world. Use a Child Seat Comply with the law by using a correctly installed child...

School Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

Dothan City School students start back to school on Wednesday, August 9, 2017! Please use caution when driving near schools and observe all posted speed limits! Stop for school buses displaying a red signal! Stop for children in crosswalks! Observe...

Severe Weather Event Updates

Regarding Hurricane Irma: Please call 211 or (800) 421-1266 if you are in the Dothan-Houston County area with needs. Please use caution on area roadways as cleanup and repair efforts are underway. Also, as evacuees return home traffic will continue...