Police Chief Clarence Crook
The City of Bay Minette, with its 8,000 residents, is served by a full service police department consisting of 26 police officers, 1 animal control officer and 9 support personnel to carry out the day to day operations of the department.
It is the fundamental duty of the police department to serve the community, to protect those in need, and to vigorously pursue those who commit crimes. Our employees carry out their sworn duties with honor, integrity, and love for the heritage of our community.
The Bay Minette Police Department’s fleet of cars is now bearing a new, but familiar color scheme as the city works to streamline the look of its police force. Several designs were submitted and the council chose one that included a black car with orange stripes and lettering, which matches the city seal and corresponds with the colors of Baldwin County High School.
The principle mission of the Bay Minette Police Department is the protection of life and property, the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, and the preservation of peace and order.
In order to achieve our mission, members of the Bay Minette Police Department must maintain the confidence and respect of the public. This is achieved by receiving the highest quality of training available in law enforcement today and through constant and earnest efforts of all departmental employees to perform their duties in an efficient, honest, and professional manner by exemplary conduct in all their endeavors.
Clarence Crook III began working with the City of Bay Minette in January 1985, attending the Southwest Police Academy in October 1985. He progressed through the ranks with the Police Department becoming a Corporal in October 1988 and being promoted to Sergeant three months later.
He was transferred from patrol to the Criminal Investigation Division in March 1996 remaining in that position until becoming Deputy Chief. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February 2000, later becoming Bay Minette Employee of the Year. Chief Crook applied to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where he was accepted and graduated in September 2005. He was promoted to Captain in January 2007 and promoted as Deputy Chief of the Bay Minette Police Department in October 2011.
Chief Crook was named Police Chief on February 19, 2013.
The Patrol Division is the backbone of the police department and is responsible for the initial response to calls for service throughout the community. Officers assigned to the Patrol Division work 12 hour shifts.
The Division consist of 4 Shift Sergeants. Each Shift Sergeant supervises a Corporal and several Police Officers.
The Investigative Division consists of the Captain of Investigations and 2 investigators.
These officers are responsible for conducting investigations of major crimes within the City and to work cooperatively with other outside agencies to resolve crimes and criminal activity that directly affect residents and other stakeholders in the City of Bay Minette.
The Animal Control Officer (ACO) has primary responsibility to investigate allegations of animal abuse, cruelty to animals, and animal nuisance within the City of Bay Minette.
The ACO also works with outside public service agencies and private partnerships to insure that complaints of animal abuse, cruelty, or animal nuisances are fully investigated and handled with care and compassion for the animals consistent with the goal of public safety.
Feral Cat Protection Policy (FCPP)
As of, February 11, 2014, the City of Bay Minette Animal Control Officer no longer impounds healthy feral cats brought to the shelter and no longer traps healthy feral cats for impoundment to be euthanized. Feral cats are not socialized to people and are therefore not adoptable. Instead of impoundment, the Bay Minette Animal Control Officer and the Bay Minette Animal Clinic/Shelter now promotes Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats. Through TNR, feral cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated and spayed/neutered by a veterinarian, ear-tipped for identification, and returned to their outdoor home.
The Communications and Records Division is supervised by a Communications/Records Supervisor who oversees the daily operations of the department’s dispatching and records keeping functions. The division is comprised of a supervisor, 6 radio dispatchers, and 1 records clerk.
Bay Minette PD’s Communications and Records Division uses the most advanced equipment available to law enforcement today. The radio system utilizes a digital format with multi-agency interoperability and computer-aided dispatch functions. All communications into and out of the dispatch room are recorded on digital voice recorders that are easily stored and retrievable on a secure hard drive.
The records keeping function is supported by a computer-based records management system that is state-of-the-art and is accessible from anywhere in the world by internet. Police officers and other employees entering information into the records database can do so by laptop computer utilizing either a hardwired internet connection or wireless internet. This allows the police department to reduce paperwork and cut overall costs associated with storing documents and performing data processing functions. In addition, the system makes all reports and other information that is entered into the records management system immediately accessible, which is especially important for use in real-time crime analysis.
The Police Chaplain Corps is a multidenominational organization which integrates the services of all the churches within the City of Bay Minette. The purpose of the Chaplain Corps is to provide faith-based services to victims of crime, domestic violence, abuse, or other issues affecting the quality of life of our citizens. Our Chaplains serve as volunteers on an on-call basis and have provided a variety of services to families and victims of crime such as counseling services, sheltering, and food for homeless persons, in addition to other community needs.
The Police Chaplain Corps is coordinated by a full-time paid Police Chaplain, who is also a police officer certified by the Alabama Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission and the International Police Chaplains Association.
There are no openings with the Police Department at this time.
Applicants for entry level Police Officer positions must be at least 21 years old and hold a high school diploma or GED from an accredited school. Applicants must pass a background check, oral interview, a physical ability/agility test, and a written exam. Successful candidates must also pass a psychological exam, polygraph, and general physical examination. If hired, candidates must also pass a 12 week police academy and successfully complete a 12 week field training program.
Applicants for lateral entry positions must pass a background check and oral interview.
Applicants for all other positions must hold a high school diploma or GED from an accredited school and pass a written exam and oral interview.
The City of Bay Minette and the Bay Minette Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.
The Bay Minette Police Department is now offering a permanent option for people to dispose of outdated or unwanted prescription medications. A drop box has been set up in the lobby of the police station on North Hoyle Avenue and provides a “no questions asked” approach. Unwanted, unused or outdated prescription medications can be left in the drop box and the Police Department will take care of the proper disposal.
The Bay Minette Police Department does not distribute patches, logos, or other agency identifiers without a written request from a certified law enforcement officer or employee on official departmental letterhead signed by the agency Director.