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Our present Chief of Police is Erick Smitherman. The Clanton Police Department began as a one man department in 1922 and now has more than 30 full-time sworn law enforcement employees.
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A Detective is a plain-clothes Police Officer responsible for the follow-up investigation of crimes and incidents. A uniformed patrol officer responds to and handles the initial investigation of calls for police service. The Detective continues the investigation started by the patrol officer but may also initiate specialized investigations directly assigned to the Detectives Division.
The Clanton Police Department requests that all residents only call 911 for certified police, fire, or medical emergencies. When calling 911, stay on the line and try to remain calm with your information ready. If you are calling to file an incident report for a minor offense, it can be made by calling 205-755-1120.
The information needed will vary based on what is being reported. The following is a list of questions that could be asked when you call for Police service. Not all questions would be applicable to every call. The Communications Operator is going to want to know:
The case must be submitted through a computerized system that checks for errors and routes the report to the appropriate division. Once the case arrives to the correct division, a supervisor must assign the case to a Detective. Once the case is assigned, it is prioritized by the Detective. If there is an error in the way the report was written or filed a delay is possible. If the Detective is working weekends, nights or hours outside of the time the case was assigned a delay is possible.
If you have not been contacted by a Detective, call 205-755-1194 with your case number to update the case and property information over the phone (this includes adding serial numbers and other case information.)
If you have been in a crash involving injury, a drunk driver, a hit and run with suspect information, or if your vehicle is disabled requiring a tow, you should notify the policy agency having jurisdiction where the crash occurred for a report to be completed. If the cars are interfering with traffic flow and can be moved, then you must move them out of the roadway.
If you are involved in a crash with total damage of more than $250 (all vehicles or property) and there are no injuries, or criminal charges and vehicles are drivable, you are required to file a crash report. The form should be completed with the applicable information for all vehicles involved and mailed to the Department of Public Safety in Montgomery (address on the form ) with a copy to your insurance company. If total damage is less than $250 and there are no injuries, it is not necessary to report the accident, however, you should exchange driver information among the parties involved in the accident.
If you witness a crash, if possible, stop on the side of the road and stay until the Police can arrive. If you are not able to remain, you should call the Police communications center at 205-755-1120 or 911 if there are injuries, and advise the operator that you have witnessed the crash. The operator will forward your name and contact information to the investigating officer.
The Clanton Police Department does not operate an impound lot. The City of Clanton contracts with several different wrecker companies in the Clanton area. If your vehicle is towed, the towing agency is responsible for the care and custody of your vehicle. Each business has their own pricing index. Most agencies charge a storage fee if the vehicle is not picked up by the owner on the same day. The following towing services are currently approved for wrecker rotation calls in The City of Clanton.
Depending on the nature of the Police investigation and case management review, reports are available in as little as 3 days but can be extended for longer periods of time if necessary. The Clanton Police Department charges a small administrative fee of $3 for each copy of a report. Copies of reports are available during normal business hours only. If you need a copy of a report contact our Records Unit at 205-755-1194, ext. 327.
The Clanton Police Department is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 3 pm to take fingerprints. We offer the fingerprinting service for a fee of $15. It is the responsibility of the party requiring fingerprints to provide the blank fingerprint cards. We encourage individuals requiring this service to make an appointment with the Captain of Patrol by calling 205-755-1194, ext. 304.
The Clanton Police Department publishes monthly crime reports in the local newspaper which represent criminal activity city-wide. The Police department does not designate any neighborhoods as high or low crime areas. Crime rates vary year to year and location to location.
Yes, if you are willing to sign a complaint against the person or persons that are creating the noise as defined in 13-156 of the City Of Clanton Code, an officer will be dispatched to address the complaint. In many cases, callers reporting noise complaints prefer to remain anonymous. In those cases the complaint will be dispatched to an officer to check in the course of his duties. If the officer determines that the noise is a violation under the ordinance, he/she will address the source of the noise. If the noise has stopped by the time an officer arrives, no Police action can be taken.
Yes, an officer will be dispatched on the same basis as that of a noise complaint (above) and provided the caller is willing to sign a complaint. If the dog is a nuisance on a regular basis, Clanton Animal Control should be contacted at 205-755-1120.
Unless there is an immediate danger to public safety (i.e., a child is locked inside), you will be asked to contact a towing company or a locksmith. If the vehicle is running and creating a hazard or if a child is locked in the car, the Police Department will respond. Clanton Police Officers do not respond to routine lock-outs; we will respond to animals locked in a car if the windows are closed and the situation could constitute animal cruelty.
We encourage you to report DUI and reckless drivers. To aid us in locating this violator we will need as much information as possible such as a description of the vehicle (and driver, if possible), a tag number, direction of travel, and time lapse. If you are calling on a cell phone while following this errant driver, try to stay on the line. This will allow the dispatchers to update responding units to the violator's location and direction of travel. Never compromise your own safety or violate the laws and rules of driving that apply to you as well as everyone else on the road.
First, make sure you are safe, and then contact the Police. If possible, make written notes of what you have seen, including descriptions, times, and locations, while your memory is still fresh. If the situation is an emergency call 911. If it is not an emergency, call the Clanton Police Department at 205-755-1120. Follow the directions and answer the questions being asked by the Police or emergency call taker. Remain calm. It may be necessary for the Police Officer to speak to you directly; be prepared to meet the officer or provide a contact phone number.
The City of Clanton has published all municipal ordinances online in order to share the most current information with the citizens. The City of Clanton Municipal Code is available online at Municode Website.
The Clanton Municipal Court has partnered with Flat Rate Processing to accept payments online. All non-mandatory traffic offenses can be paid online at the Clanton Municipal Court's Website. If you wish to pay in person, the court office accepts cash, certified checks, and money orders. The court office does not accept personal checks.
The City of Clanton does not operate and maintain a jail. All inmates arrested on municipal charges are booked and housed at The Chilton County Jail.
Chilton County Jail301 City StreetClanton, AL 35046Phone: 205-755-1053
If you want to provide the Clanton Police Department and the Probation Unit with a a tip about a fugitive or check on felony warrants, call 205-755-1194, ext. 309 or, ext. 314.
No, there is not currently a curfew for juveniles in the City of Clanton.
It is impossible to completely "crime proof" your home or business; however, it is possible to take steps that can make your property less vulnerable to burglary, such as using the proper locks, doors, windows, video cameras, alarms etc. You can contact our Detectives Division at 205-755-1194 to inquire about lectures on home security or to request a personal security check on your home. Both services are free.
The Clanton Police Department does not handle eviction orders. Evictions in Chilton County are handled through the Chilton County Sheriff's Office. For information call the Sheriff's Office at 205-755-4698. You can also obtain information on landlord/tenant actions by contacting the Circuit Clerk's Office at 205-755-4275.
We prefer that you start with the officer or employee's immediate supervisor; in the case of a Police Officer, that would be a Lieutenant or Sergeant. You may find out who the supervisor is by asking the officer/employee or contacting the Communications Center at 205-755-1120.
Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government or its citizens to further certain political or social objectives. Law enforcement generally recognizes two types of terrorism: domestic and international. Domestic terrorism is based and executed in the United States by our own citizens without foreign direction. International terrorism, which is connected to foreign governments or groups, transcends our nation's boundaries. Terrorist acts against U.S. citizens can occur anywhere in the world.
The Alabama Department of Homeland Security would like to tell all citizens if you "See Something, Say Something" if you notice something suspicious or see possible signs of terrorism please report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.
See Something, Say Something
Clanton citizens can play a role in preventing terrorist attacks. Certain activities or behaviors can indicate terrorist planning, especially when these activities occur at or near key facilities such as government, military, utility or other high-profile sites or places where large numbers of people gather. Examples of suspicious activity include:
Some guidelines when reporting suspicious activity include:
The "See Something, Say Something" does not promote spying on your neighbor, invading someone's privacy, or taking the law into your own hands. It does not profile individuals who look, act, dress, or live differently than us. It strictly profiles behavior that may be linked to terrorism. To Report Suspected Terrorism please call the local Clanton Field Office of the FBI at 251-895-3618.