Police Department

to the Bessemer Police Department! It is indeed a pleasure to serve. Our department has 115 Sworn Police Officers and a Professional Staff of 40 persons. The City is experiencing immense growth and progress, so it is necessary for its law enforcement to stay ahead of safety and order concerns. We plan to add additional officers to our staff to better meet the City’s expansion.

Our agency strives to meet the needs of our very diverse community. Serving a population of nearly 30,000 residents with major traffic arteries of I-20/59, I-459, Highway 150, and Highway 11, we address needs through a robust Patrol Division, Jail Division, Traffic Motor Scouts, Criminal Investigation Division, Administrative Division, Training Division, Special Operations Division, Community Service/Crime Prevention Division, Environmental Unit, Special Response Team, Parking Enforcement, and Internal Affairs Division. We consider it an honor to serve!

Chief Nathaniel Rutledge, Jr.

Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends


The Mission of the Bessemer Police Department is to provide dedicated service to preserve life, safeguard property, enforce the law and bring to justice those who violate the law, and enhance the peace and quality of life in the City of Bessemer


Michael Roper

Acting Police Chief

23 North 15th Street
Bessemer, Alabama 35020
(205) 481-4350 phone
(205) 481-4371 fax