2018 Junior Police Academy

The 2018 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, the Junior Police Advanced Class is being offered for participants aged 12-17 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 4-14, 2018
  • Basic Session 2: July 9-19, 2018
  • Advanced Session: July 24- 26, 2018

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 Student Resource Officer or by visiting the front desk at the police department.

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

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 Department to host Coffee with a Cop on October 4, 2017

On October 4, 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 October 4 at Dakota Coffee Works, 4440 West Main Street. 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.

Serving for the Olympians!!!

“Cops and Lobsters” was a huge success! Over $1300 raised for our Special Olympians thanks to “You” and our “Moonlighting Officers/Servers”. Thank you all for your generosity & support!

JPA VIDEO

Check out this exciting video of our Junior Police Academy from last year.

Register now, slots are filling up!!!

Click here to download the 2017 JPA application

Cops and Lobsters

 

RED LOBSTER TIP A COP

Friday, May 5th 2017

11:00 am Until 2:00 pm

At “The Red Lobster” 3116 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303

Please join the Dothan Police Department, Houston County Sheriff’s Department, Alabama State Troopers and Red Lobster on Friday, May 5th as we protect and serve lunch for tips to be given to our Special Olympians, in support of the Special Olympics.