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.

Happy national telecommunications appreciation week

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!

2019 Junior Police Academy

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.

Community Helpers’ Week at Houston Academy!

Today the Special Response Team and Bomb Team were invited to give presentations to students at Houston Academy! Students were able to learn about the special tools and tactics each team utilizes, and learn a little about the kind of person it takes to accept the responsibility of joining these specialized teams!

Thank you to the staff and students of Houston Academy for giving us the opportunity to meet you!

Mardi Gras Parade

Thank you to all police officers along the route of today’s parade. Your dedication to Public Safety made today thank you to success! Motorists may resume normal travel as the parade route has been reopened at all points!

DPD K9 playground build

Having sustained much damage from Hurricane Michael, Doug Tew playground had to be reconstructed. Today Chief Parrish, Mayor Saliba, members of DPD K9 unit, several or our newest officers, DFD, Leisure Services and many other wonderful volunteers worked to rebuild this playground!!