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Cullman Police Department
Kenny Culpepper, Chief

The Cullman Police Department is the largest municipal law enforcement agency in Cullman County. A full-service police agency, the department has embraced a community-oriented philosophy and relies heavily upon community involvement in problem-solving strategies. It is through this approach of heightened community awareness in public safety matters that the Cullman Police Department most effectively addresses its major priority of providing a safe and secure environment for those who live, work, and play here.


EMAIL THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Office Hours
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday

Physical Address
601 2nd Avenue NE
Cullman, AL  35055

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 278
Cullman, AL  35056-0278

   

EMERGENCIES: 9-1-1

Central Dispatch: 256-734-1434
Office of the Police Chief: 256-775-7160
Office of the Assistant Police Chief: 256-775-7165
Records: 256-775-7166
Marine/Lake Patrol: 256-734-1434 (Dispatch)
Investigation: 256-775-7170
Training Office: 256-775-7181

Fax Number: 256-734-0821

Kenny Culpepper, Chief

Craig Montgomery, Assistant Chief
J.P. White, Captain of Patrol
Becky Boyd, Captain of Investigation
Bobby Kelley, Captain of Services
Rita Bailey, Administrative Assistant

General Email: cullmanpd@cullmanal.gov

SAFE EXCHANGE ZONE

The Cullman Police Department has instituted a “safe exchange zone” in the parking lot of the police department facility, located at 601 2nd Ave. NE. The zone provides a well-lit, public location for people to meet to finalize online sales transactions, exchange child custody, and so forth. The idea behind the new “safe exchange zone” is to lessen the risk of robberies, fraud, or other incidents that can sometimes be associated with these types of transactions. Police personnel will not be present or involved in any of the exchanges that take place in the “safe exchange zone,” and police personnel cannot serve as official witnesses of transactions. The zone is simply being offered as a safer alternative for these types of transactions.

The Cullman Police Department advises our citizens to still follow the following safety guidelines when buying and selling items online:

• Only trade with local buyers/sellers.

• Take someone with you to meet a prospective buyer/seller.

• Make sure a family member or friend is aware of the transaction details.

• Insist on meeting in a public area, like the CPD’s “safe exchange zone.”

• Do not enter someone else’s house, and do not allow a stranger into your home.

• When possible, complete the transaction during daylight hours.

• If a transaction occurs after dark, complete the transaction in a well-lit, public location, such as the CPD’s “safe exchange zone.”

• Be extra cautious when buying or selling valuable items such as vehicles or jewelry.

• Trust your instincts: If it sounds like a scam, it probably is.

• If someone is not willing to meet you at the CPD’s “safe exchange zone” to complete the transaction, it is probably not a legitimate transaction.

POLICE DEPARTMENT HISTORY

In 1885, law was maintained in the City of Cullman by a constable, and later by marshals. In 1896, GJ McCoy was City Marshal, and was followed by Bill Schneider in 1900. From 1907 forward, a Chief of Police has been tasked with maintaining law and order. 

HISTORICAL TIMELINE

1875: The Town Marshal was required to furnish his badge at his own expense.

1876: The Town Marshal was paid an annual salary of $125. In 1877, however, he was In 1880, he was paid $.50 for each arrest made that ended in a conviction.

1877: The Town Marshal became able to earn extra income by removing the carcasses of dead animals. He would receive $1.50 for a hog or dog and $4.00 for cattle.

1880: The Town Marshal was now paid $.50 for each arrest made that ended in a conviction.

1886: Mayor ordered the Town Marshal to get rid of cow bells on city streets.

1894: A resolution was passed forbidding the Town Marshal from entering saloons to drink or play pool while on duty.

1897: A two-cell city jail was built for $325.

1905: The Town Marshal was paid $35 each month, with a $1 bonus for each conviction.

1915: The police force consisted of three men.

1920: The Chief of Police was paid $100 each month.

1921: A motorcycle was added to the force.

1923: The motorcycle was replaced with a Ford Roadster.

1931: A Chevrolet coach was put into service; Plans were presented for a 10' x 12' police station to be built at the corner of First Avenue and Fourth Street West.

1948: The police force consisted of seven men.

1953: An old truck was purchased for $100 and delegated to the dog catcher.

1955: A radar speed unit was purchased.

1962: Each officer was required to pay $2.50 each month for his uniforms.

1973: A code of rules and regulations was published.

1976: Air conditioning was added to the police station and jail.

2001: Police Department moved to the 2nd floor of the Cullman City Board of Education building.

2005: Patrol Division moved to the former Cullman Housing Authority Office.

2007: The Police Department began adding Dodge Chargers to their fleet of patrol vehicles.

2009: The new Police Department facility opened at 601 2nd Avenue Northeast, on the former Greif industrial property.

CHIEFS OF POLICE

05/21/1906 - 10/12/1908: M.C. Blackmon

11/19/1908 - 08/21/1911: G.A. Hickman

09/04/1911 - 09/18/1915: A.J. Hill

09/18/1915 - 01/18/1919: J.W. Sparks

01/18/1919 - 08/08/1919: C.B. Graves

08/18/1919 - 10/04/1920: J.S. Brasher

10/04/1920 - 03/20/1922: W.G. Windsor

 03/20/1922 - 08/21/1922: J.W. West

08/21/1922 - 12/19/1922: A.A. Rollo

04/16/1923 - 11/17/1924: W.G. Windsor

11/17/1924 - 11/28/1932: J.H. Nix

11/28/1932 - 09/25/1939: Jack Tucker

09/28/1939 - 01/13/1947: W.M. Heaton

01/13/1947 - 09/11/1950: J.E. Pierce

09/25/1950 - 10/23/1950: E.E. Fulmer

10/04/1950 - 09/30/1952: G.C. Chapman

10/13/1952 - 09/30/1956: O.W. Hancock

10/08/1956 - 09/30/1960: G.C. Chapman

10/05/1960 - 09/30/1964: R.B. Moyer

10/04/1964 - 09/30/1972: Bascom Miller

10/01/1972 - 09/30/1984: Roy Wood, Jr.

10/01/1984 - 10/02/1988: Bill Mangum

10/03/1988 - PRESENT: Kenny Culpepper