About Us

The Pelham Police Department is a modern, progressive, full-service municipal law enforcement agency dedicated to the ideal of providing superior police services to the community it serves. To address the needs of our citizens, the Department employs a total of 89 police personnel, of which there are:
  • 71 sworn police officers
  • 13 police/fire/911 dispatchers
  • 3 clerks
  • 1 administrative assistant
  • 1 community relations coordinator
Employees are distributed among the various bureaus and divisions throughout the Police Department's organizational structure.

Organizational Structure

The Department is comprised of 2 organizational bureaus (Field Services and Support Services) consisting of 4 operating divisions:
  • Administrative Services Division
  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • Patrol Division
  • Communications and Records Division
Personnel from each of these divisions also staff specialty units that provide unique or specialized services as needed, such as Tactical Operations, Crisis/Hostage Negotiations, K-9 handler, Evidence Technicians, and Traffic Operations. Pelham Police Department personnel are the highest trained law enforcement officers in Shelby County due to an aggressive field training program for new police personnel as well as regular required in-service training for all police officers.


Located in Shelby County in Central Alabama, the city limits of Pelham encompass an area of approximately 40 square miles with 2 major thoroughfares, Interstate 65 and U.S. Highway 31, bisecting the city. Pelham is a suburb in the Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of 1,140,300 people and a city population of 22,699 people as of the 2014 census estimate. In addition to the many residential areas within the city, there is also a substantial retail/business/manufacturing composite along with a strong parks and recreation segment.

Oak Mountain State Park, the largest state park in Alabama, is in Pelham's backyard. Scenic hiking trails, horseback riding, a petting farm for youngsters, fishing, boating, archery, and golf are just a few of the activities offered at this beautiful park located on 10,000 acres. The Oak Mountain Amphitheater, an outdoor music venue, seats approximately 10,000 people and schedules concerts from May through September.

The Pelham City Park offers a wonderful playground for children, a walking track, and picnic areas. The Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena, home of the Birmingham Bulls and the Alabama Frozen Tide, provides ice-skating, hockey, and banquet facilities. Ballantrae Golf Club opened June 1, 2004 with eighteen beautiful holes, designed by Bob Cupp. Pelham Racquet Club, host of several tennis tournaments each year, is home to 20 clay courts and 5 hard courts with above tournament grade lighting.