Alabama Department of Public Safety

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Alabama Department of Public Safety
Common name Alabama State Troopers
Seal of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.svg
Alabama Department of Public Safety Seal
Motto Courtesy, Service, Protection
Agency overview
Formed December 5, 1935
Preceding agency Alabama Highway Patrol (1935-1939)

700–1,000 (civilian)

~ 250 (law enforcement)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Alabama, USA
Legal jurisdiction State of Alabama
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Alabama Criminal Justice Center
Montgomery, Alabama
Agency executives
  • Charles Ward, Colonel
  • Sue Capps, Acting Major of DPS
  • Dina Pregno, Major of Drivers' License Division
  • Steve Thompson, Major of Marine Patrol
Parent agency
  • Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Child agencies
  • Alabama Highway Patrol
  • Alabama Marine Patrol
  • Alabama Drivers License Division
Posts and Field Offices 14 posts and 3 field offices
Police Vehicles

Ford Explorer

Ford Taurus

Ford Crown Victoria

Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet Impala

Dodge Charger

UH-1-H Huey Bell 206B Jet Ranger

OH-58A+(w/ NightSun and FLIR)

Beech King Air 200

Cessna C-182

German Sheperd

Belgian Malinois
Alabama DPS site
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.
The Alabama Criminal Justice Center, which houses the headquarters of the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Corrections

The Alabama Department of Public Safety is a law enforcement agency serving the U.S. state of Alabama. It is made up of three divisions: Highway Patrol Division, Marine Patrol Division, and Drivers' License Division.[1]


The Alabama Department of Public Safety began as the Alabama Highway Patrol on December 5, 1935. The Highway Patrol was renamed the Department of Public Safety on March 8, 1939, and then included 4 divisions: Highway Patrol, Driver License, Accident Prevention Bureau, and Mechanical and Equipment.[2]

On January 17, 2011, Hugh B. McCall was appointed to the position of Colonel of the Alabama Department of Public Safety by Governor Robert J. Bentley, making him the first African-American to head the agency.


The Department of Public Safety is headed by a director appointed by the Governor of Alabama who is the executive officer of the Department and holds the rank of colonel. The director is aided in managing the department by an assistant director, who is also appointed by the governor and who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel. Each of the department's three divisions are headed by uniformed officers with the rank of major.

  • Driver License Division
    • Drive License Examining Unit
    • Drive Records Unit
    • License Reinstatement Unit
    • Safety Responsibility Unit
  • Alabama Highway Patrol Division
    • Career Development and Training Office
    • Motor Carrier Safety Unit
    • Traffic Homicide Investigations Office
    • Division Programs Office
    • Patrol Operations
      • Alexander City Post
      • Birmingham Post
      • Decatur Post
      • Dothan Post
      • Eufaula Field Office
      • Evergreen Post
      • Gadsden Field Office
      • Grove Hill Field Office
      • Hamilton Post
      • Huntsville Post
      • Jacksonville Post
      • Mobile Post
      • Montgomery Post
      • Opelika Post
      • Selma Post
      • Troy Post
      • Tuscaloosa Post

Highway Patrol[edit]

Alabama Highway Patrol

The Alabama Highway Patrol is a division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety and is the highway patrol agency for Alabama, which has jurisdiction anywhere in the state. It was created to protect the lives, property and constitutional rights of people in Alabama.

In 1971, the Alabama Highway Patrol became the first U.S. police organization to use down-sized vehicles for regular highway patrol duties when they purchased 132 AMC Javelins. This pre-dated, among others, the Camaros and Mustangs used by other departments years later.

Rank structure[edit]

The Alabama Department of Public Safety rank structure is as listed:

Rank Insignia
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US-O4 insignia.svg
US-O3 insignia.svg
US-O2 insignia.svg

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, 28 officers have died in the line of duty.[citation needed]

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