The Emergency Services Unit (ESU) is a highly skilled and well-equipped tactical unit that responds to extremely hazardous situations where conventional police tactics and equipment may be inadequate. The Unit may be called upon for incidents involving hostages, armed suicidal subjects, clandestine drug labs, or barricaded/wanted subjects.
The Unit also assists in serving warrants in high-risk situations for the arrest of dangerous felons.
The Crisis/Hostage Negotiations Team is a part of our Tactical Operations. These officers assist individuals who are in a crisis or critical incident. Their goal is to facilitate a successful and peaceful resolution, without injury, to all involved.
The Pelham Police Department takes great pride in its K-9 Unit because of the proficiency and ability of the animals working in partnership with their handlers. The canine sense of smell is over 400,000 times greater than that of a human. For this reason, the K-9 Unit has become a valuable asset to the Pelham Police Department and the community we serve.
Our department has three K-9 teams comprised of a police officer and his canine partner. All are specialized in the detection of explosives.
Sgt. Steve Johnson & K-9 Bagheera
Officer Lee Tibbetts & K-9 Thunder
Officer Kevin Davis & K-9 Ripley
The Evidence Technician Unit is responsible for maintaining crime scene integrity, properly collecting evidence, documenting incidents through proven methods, and establishing scientific facts surrounding crimes.
Our Evidence Technicians are required to attend an intense in-house training program involving:
Latent fingerprint examination
Crime scene sketching
Evidence document techniques
They then complete lengthy, on-the-job training with an experienced Evidence Technician.
At least one Pelham Police officer is assigned to each campus of Pelham City Schools. SROs serve as a visible deterrence to crime and handle any incidents that arise during school hours. They also serve as a resource, problem solver, and mentor to students. The idea is to establish a lasting partnership with the school system and its student population.
Officer Jared Sams Officer Paul Martin Officer Steven Miller Officer James Campbell Officer Rob Magill
Code Enforcement is responsible for educating and informing citizens of the codes and ordinances established for the city by the Pelham City Council. They set minimum requirements and standards regarding property and structures to promote and protect the public health, safety, convenience, order, and general welfare of all Pelham citizens and those who visit our city.
The goal is to provide a proactive approach by maintaining a clean, healthy, and safe environment through public education, compliance, and enforcement.
The Bike Patrol was reinstated in the spring of 2018. The main goal of the assignment is to break down barriers between police and the public. Removing the patrol car allows officers to actively engage with people in our community.
Bike Patrol Officers are responsible for patrolling special events, such as:
Concerts at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Hockey games at the Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena
Fire on the Water at Oak Mountain State Park
They also participate in targeted patrols at shopping centers, recreational areas, and neighborhoods.
Bike Patrol officers are certified through the International Police Mountain Bike Association.
Pelham Police officers are some of 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.
Both sworn and civilian employees of the department complete certification and specialty courses, as well as in-service and re-certification training on a yearly basis. All employees have the opportunity to participate in specialty training outside the agency, as well.
Motor Scouts identify, investigate, and provide traffic enforcement in areas that have been designated as problem traffic areas through citizen complaints or police investigations. They also represent the department in special events like parades, community events, and funerals.
Field training takes up where the classroom leaves off. The field training experience is used to see if a new officer can function effectively as a member of the department.
Field Training Officers teach all officers new to Pelham PD the department's policies and procedures, regardless of whether they've been officers for ten years or just graduated from the academy. Ideally, field training serves as a continuation of the selection process in addition to its training functions.
The goal of the Honor Guard is to represent the Pelham Police Department in the utmost professional manner. The main purpose is to honor and stand watch over law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Honor Guard also represents the department in formal ceremonies such as color guard, parades, casket watches, funerals, retirements, and community events.