Serving the Citizens and Visitors of Ashland, with Integrity, Pride, and Respect, all while remaining Professional in our day to day contact with the public.
Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range, Ashland and its inhabitants possess the feeling of closeness, and family. This is due to the fact that no U.S. highway or interstate crosses our county, and the seclusion that is created by the surrounding mountains. The City of Ashland was founded in 1871, when it became necessary for the counties of Talladega and Randolph to split, creating a new county and the need for a county seat. Ashland was chosen for this location and has served as the county seat since that time.
The Police Department has played an integral part in the City since its inception, and has provided service and protection to the City. What started as probably a 1 man department early on, has grown into a ten officer department with four dispatchers and a records manager/communications sergeant.
Through its history, the Ashland Police Department has lost only one officer in the line of duty. Officer James Benjamin Ramsey was shot and killed on Wednesday, July 7, 1920, in a liquor still raid in town. The suspect was convicted of his murder and sentenced to 17 years in prison. You can learn more about Officer Ramsey here.
Ashland Police Department was one of the first departments to partner with Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs in implementing the Yellow Dot program. The program was targeting drivers across the state to have a folder in the glove compartment of his or her vehicle, that contains information such as allergies, and current medications that the person is taking. These folders are still available and citizens can pick a Yellow Dot folder, and have their picture taken at the Ashland Police Department. You can learn more about the Yellow Dot Program here.