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 132 AMC Javelins were purchased. This pre-dated, among others, the Camaros and Mustangs that were used by other departments years later. The Javelins came with Template:Convert/CID Template:Convert/hp AMC V8 engines, and one of the original cars is now part of the Museum of DPS Headquarters.
The Alabama Department of Public Safety rank structure is as listed:
Since the establishment of the Alabama Highway Patrol, 28 officers have died in the line of duty. The following list also contains officers from when the Alabama Highway Patrol was renamed the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
|Officer||Date of Death||Details|
|Patrolman Maury Young|| ||Motorcycle accident|
|Patrolman William D. Raiford Sr.||<center>Saturday, October 16, 1937||Motorcycle accident|
|Patrolman Arvil O. Hudson||<center>Tuesday, May 20, 1952||Vehicle pursuit|
|Patrolman Henry Preston Bryant||<center>Sunday, December 7, 1952||Vehicle Pursuit|
|Patrolman Julian F. Draughon||<center>Saturday, October 3, 1953||Motorcycle accident|
|Patrolman Howard Brock||<center>Friday, November 8, 1957||Vehicle pursuit|
|Patrolman Joe F. Partin||<center>Monday, July 25, 1960||Motorcycle accident|
|Patrolman Anthony Scozzaro||<center>Wednesday, December 13, 1961||Automobile accident|
|Captain Thomas E. Maxwell||<center>Thursday, October 4, 1962||Automobile accident|
|Sergeant Raymond M. Carlton||<center>Saturday, February 27, 1965||Automobile accident|
|Trooper Randolph G. Glover||<center>Wednesday, July 19, 1967||Automobile accident|
|Trooper Brooks D. Lawson||<center>Thursday, July 31, 1969||Struck by train|
|Corporal Thomas O. Gillilan||<center>Wednesday, July 1, 1970||Gunfire|
|Corporal Harlan B. Blake||<center>Saturday, October 10, 1970||Vehicle pursuit|
|Auxiliary Trooper Ormand Franklin Watkins||<center>Sunday, April 11, 1971||Gunfire|
|Corporal Riley Delano Smith||<center>Friday, December 17, 1971||Electrocuted|
|Trooper James B. Robinson||<center>Sunday, December 10, 1972||Gunfire|
|Trooper Bobby S. Gann||<center>Thursday, February 21, 1974||Gunfire|
|Trooper Kenyon M. Lassiter||<center>Friday, April 19, 1974||Vehicular assault|
|Sergeant Julian Douglas Stuckey||<center>Thursday, June 27, 1974||Automobile accident|
|Trooper Johnnie Earl Booker||<center>Thursday, November 2, 1978||Automobile accident|
|Trooper David E. Temple||<center>Thursday, September 13, 1979||Gunfire|
|Trooper Simmie L. Jeffries||<center>Friday, December 21, 1984||Automobile accident|
|Trooper Larry D. Cawyer||<center>Saturday, May 25, 1985||Automobile accident|
|Trooper Elizabeth S. Cobb||<center>Sunday, October 11, 1987||Gunfire|
|Trooper Robert William Jones||<center>Thursday, October 3, 1991||Automobile accident|
|Trooper Willis Von Moore||<center>Monday, February 26, 1996||Automobile accident|
|Trooper Brian Keith Nichols||<center>Sunday, February 17, 2002||Automobile accident|
Other notable officersEdit
James Bonard Fowler became a significant player in escalating the acute racial conflict that led to the Selma to Montgomery marches in the American Civil Rights Movement. As a corporal in the Alabama State Police in 1965, he shot and killed an unarmed black man, Jimmie Lee Jackson, a killing that went without justice for 45 years.
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- ↑ "The Alabama State Trooper - AMC Javelin". Alabama Department of Public Safety. 2008. http://www.dps.state.al.us/Information/Javelin.aspx. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
- ↑ "Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama Fallen Officers". Odmp.org. http://odmp.org/agency/33-alabama-department-of-public-safety-alabama. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Fleming, John (6 March 2005), "The Death of Jimmy Lee Jackson", Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/2746471/article-The-Death-of-Jimmie-Lee-Jackson?instance=special, retrieved 2008-01-21
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