On December 11, 2006 Major Ralph Dawe was appointed Chief of Police of the Scottsboro Police Department. Past Chief of Police Keith Smith retired effective June 30, 2006.

Chief Dawe joined the Scottsboro Police Department in March, 1989. During his career with SPD he served as a patrolman for three years, served in the Detective Division for 10 years. During these ten years he held the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain of that Division.

In December, 2002 Chief Dawe was promoted to Major with the Scottsboro Police Department. One of his many duties as Major was to supervise 71 employees in the Police Department. Chief Dawe played a significant role in the many major improvements and accomplishments in the Scottsboro Police Department since 1992. He has actively sought out federal grant funding to promote and implement the COPS program in our schools, applied for and received federal grant funds to upgrade the technical equipment within the department such as computerized fingerprinting equipment, many new computers and state of the art records management  software for the department. He and the department have an excellent working relationship with the surrounding local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Chief Dawe is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. and is a standing member with the FBI National Academy Association. He has attended many continuing education classes, conferences and training seminars in all aspects of the criminal justice field. He is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, International Narcotic Association, Alabama Narcotic Association and a charter member of the Alabama Criminal Investigators Association.

Message from Chief Dawe:

"Our mission is to protect life, property, and help those that are in need, to enforce local, state and federal laws within the City of Scottsboro jurisdiction. We are committed to provide the best possible service to our citizens as well as visitors to our city. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, pride, honesty and courage. We are dedicated to the interactive relationship between our community and our city leaders to enhance the quality of life for all of our citizens and visitors to the City of Scottsboro. 

Our officers and support staff are highly qualified and professionally trained. They all have been instrumental in making this city maintain a below average crime rate. I am proud of all the employees and the jobs they perform for the Scottsboro Police Department and the community we serve."

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