24th Annual K9 Seminar Video

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.

Discussion on plans for animal shelter

A group of city leaders met with private partners today to discuss plans for replacing the city’s aging animal shelter. Discussions centered on projects ranging from a website for increased transparency to reviewing several possible locations for the new facility.

“We really just wanted to make sure the public was aware that this project is being undertaken in earnest,” said Steve Parrish, Dothan’s Chief of Police. “We have a long way to go, and these meetings are a key part of making sure we’ve got everything in place to make the project a success.”

Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba, District 5 Commissioner Beth Kenward and City Manager Kevin Cowper were also in attendance at the meeting.

The current animal shelter is not adequate for the city’s needs and has been found to be in need of replacement. The goal is to build a new shelter that provides not only a clean, inviting atmosphere for its visitors, but also is a safe, healthy place for strays to be kept until they can be adopted.

City officials discuss plans for new animal shelter

Lawdawgs vs. News Action Team

The Dothan Police Department (Lawdawgs) and members of the WTVY News team (News Action Team) came together to play a little flag football game at Rip Hewes to help raise donations of food for the Wiregrass Humane Society.

Although it was tied 20-20 at the half, the News Action Team managed to come out on top 38-40. Thanks to all who participated and came out to support the Wiregrass Humane Society.

24th Annual K9 Seminar

The Dothan Police Department will be hosting its 24th Annual K9 Seminar. The seminar will be held February 3 through February 7, 2020.  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.  For further information you may contact Lieutenant R. David at rdavid@dothan.org.

 

Steven L. Parrish

Chief of Police

Best wishes Officer Yoh

Local local law enforcement as well as our community gathered this morning to show our support to Officer Yoh as as he prepared to depart from Southeast Health for further treatment. Best wishes love and support from all of us here at DPD!

Local deaf community recognizes officer

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, members of our local deaf community presented our own Lieutenant Rachel David with an appreciation award. The presentation was made at the Deaf Awareness Picnic held at Eastgate Park in conjunction with Deaf Awareness Month. The event was attended by approximately 100 people.

Ms. Gwen, a member of Dothan’s deaf community, cited Lt. David’s passionate involvement in helping bridge communication barriers faced by the deaf when dealing with law enforcement. Lt. David’s commitment in attending American Sign Language classes offered at the Dothan, Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) was recognized.

Ms. Gwen pointed out that Lt. David regularly helps members of the deaf community even when she is off duty.