Alabama Department of Public Safety
|Alabama Department of Public Safety|
|Common name||Alabama State Troopers|
Alabama Department of Public Safety Seal
|Motto||Courtesy, Service, Protection|
|Formed||December 5, 1935|
|Preceding agency||Alabama Highway Patrol (1935-1939)|
700–1,000 (civilian)~ 250 (law enforcement)
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||State of Alabama, USA|
|Legal jurisdiction||State of Alabama|
|Headquarters||Alabama Criminal Justice Center
|Posts and Field Offices||14 posts and 3 field offices|
Ford Crown Victoria
Chevrolet ImpalaDodge Charger
UH-1-H Huey Bell 206B Jet RangerOH-58A+(w/ NightSun and FLIR)
Beech King Air 200Cessna C-182
German SheperdBelgian Malinois
|Alabama DPS site|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
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.
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.
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
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.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety rank structure is as listed:
Since the establishment of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, 28 officers have died in the line of duty.