The Dothan Police Department is pleased to announce the spring 2020 session of the Citizens’ Observer Program. This program is an exciting 5-week program hosted by the Dothan Police Department and is intended for citizens interested in learning more about the Dothan Police Department and what it is like to be a Dothan police officer.
The classes will be held each Tuesday beginning April 7th from 6 to 8 PM at the Wiregrass Public Safety Center. The program is open to those over the age of 19 and classes are limited to 25 participants. Applications are available at the police department front desk or online by visiting our Community Service section.
Completed applications are due no later than 5 PM on Friday, March 13, 2020 and may be faxed to (334) 615-3609, mailed to the Dothan Police Department Community Services Division, P.O. Box 2128, Dothan, Alabama 36302, or delivered to the Dothan Police Department Records Division at 210 North Saint Andrews Street, Dothan, Alabama 36303.
The Dothan Police Department K9 Unit wrapped up the 24th Annual K9 Seminar on Friday, February 7, 2020.
This annual seminar is intended to provide K9 teams from all over the country with an opportunity to do real world scenario-based training in a controlled and safe environment.
The seminar provides these guys a week of quality K9 training that allows these teams an opportunity to fix any issues they may have and make themselves better according to Sgt. William Wozniak, K9 trainer.
Teams from around the United States participated including New Jersey, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Indiana and North Carolina.
Third squad patrol cooks breakfast for dispatch this morning to kick off national appreciation week!
We are so grateful for our dispatchers and all they do. Here in Dothan our team answers 911 calls, non emergency calls, dispatches for fire, police, ambulance services, police primary, police information, animal control and so much more and they do it all at once. They are an amazing team and while we appreciate them everyday, national appreciation week is a great opportunity to say thank you!
The 2019 Junior Police Academy is now accepting applications from Wiregrass youth ages 12-17 who are interested in learning more about the police department. The JPA is a two-week summer program designed to motivate young people to be outstanding citizens through law enforcement education. An extension of community policing, the JPA transforms the traditional role of a police officer into one of mentor and friend. At the same time it encourages young people to be our partners, not adversaries, in building safer schools and communities.
Also, a Junior Police Advanced Class is being offered for participants aged 15-17 who have already completed a prior Junior Police Academy class.
This free program is being offered by the Dothan Police Department’s Community Service Division on the following dates:
Basic Session 1: June 3-13, 2019
Basic Session 2: June 17-27, 2019
Basic Session 3: July 8-18, 2019
Advanced Session: July 23-25, 2019
For more information please feel free to send us a note online or call the Community Service Division at (334) 793-0230. Applications can be picked up from any Dothan Police School Resource Officer or by visiting the front desk at the police department.
Here are a few outstanding handlers who were recognized for handling top dogs at last week’s seminar. Left to right… Meeks Panama City Beach third-place Patrol area search, Fleming Lee County first place vehicle detection, Jackson Jackson County third place building detection, Calvert Baytown PD top Patrol dog, first place Patrol building search, 3rd place detection scramble, Brown Pearland Texas second place detection scramble, Spencer Baytown Texas 3rd place Hogan’s alley third-place Patrol building search second place detection building, Bailes Dothan PD second place vehicle detection, Owens Dothan PD first place detection scramble third place vehicle detection second-place Patrol area search other winners not pictured Garrison High Point North Carolina first place Patrol area search second-place Hogan’s alley, Wilkins High Point North Carolina first place building detection, Overstreet Dothan PD second-place Patrol building search. Great job all.
DPD R. A. D. team and A.I.D.B. worked together for the first time this week and had a wonderful time! Congratulations to all of our participants and thank you for working so hard this week to learn self-defense!
The purpose of the Citizens’ Observer Program is to allow members of our community to see and understand, first hand, what Police Officers experience on a daily basis. This program includes classroom exercises and demonstrations. Participates will be also be given the opportunity to experience two four (4) hour observation rides with a veteran Police Officer.
Classes begin October 2, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. and continue every Tuesday night until October 23, 2018.
On Wednesday, September 26, 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 September 26th at Bird and Bean Coffee House, 144 North Foster Street. Please contact Lt. Mac Eggleston with questions: (334) 793-0230 or email@example.com.
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.
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.