Pelham Police Department
The Pelham Police Department serves Pelham, a city of 23,744 in Shelby County. Its headquarters building, which also houses the Pelham Municipal Court, is located at 32 Philip Davis Street. The 46,000 square foot building was designed by B Group Architecture and completed in 2006.
The department, with 72 sworn officers, supports three patrol shifts, each headed by a lieutenant with two sergeants. The patrol division includes specially trained officers for traffic, code enforcement, evidence processing, canine operations, school resource, training, bicycle patrols and tactical operations. The criminal investigations division is staffed by detectives who gather and analyze criminal intelligence and evidence, and provide support to regional task forces and federal agencies, including Compact 2020, the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the U.S. Secret Service's Alabama Electronic Crimes Task Force. The department's communications and records division operates the city's 911 center, police dispatch and record keeping. The administrative services division includes accounting, human resources, community relations, court liaison services, equipment and uniform procurement, and facilities and technology maintenance, along with internal affairs investigations.
- Tommy Thomas, January 2008-March 2015
- Larry Palmer, March 2015-June 2019
- Pat Cheatwood(interim), June 2019-December 2019
- Pat Cheatwood, December 2019-
- Reed, Martin J. (December 30, 2015) "Recording of Pelham police mocking disabled children raises complaints, concerns about agency." The Birmingham News
- Reed, Martin J. (January 8, 2015) "Following controversy involving officers, Pelham Police Chief Tommy Thomas retiring." The Birmingham News
- Brooks, Graham (December 16, 2019) "Pat Cheatwood appointed to serve as Pelham Chief of Police" Shelby County Reporter
- Pelham Police Department website