Police Station

In the 1960s, this two-story police headquarters was built to house police patrol operations as well as a municipal court. When it opened, over two dozen officers were stationed at the precinct. Over the next decade, as the city population grew, so did the need for more law enforcement. A push for more diverse city employees led to more black police officers in the lower-income areas of town.
Police Station
The police station was also used as a McGruff Place – a safety zone where children can get immediate help. The building was the only non-residence in Alabama to receive this designation from the National McGruff House Network.
Police Station
Police Station
The first-floor entry into the police headquarters
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The antiquated headquarters closed a decade ago after a new $2 million police station was built a short distance away.
Police Station During the height of the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic, officers from the precinct organized a sting operation to lure anyone attempting to sell stolen goods and discuss their crimes. With a front as a pawn shop, undercover agents purchased any valuable item thieves would bring in. The shop owner was actually an undercover narcotics agent who would engage the thieves in conversation to obtain their names, addresses, and details of the thefts while a closed-circuit camera behind the counter recorded everything. The shop performed over 200 transactions, spending $67,000 to purchase $2 million worth of stolen goods. These items included cars, motorcycles, handguns, musical instruments, household electronics, power tools, credit cards, and clothing. Word even spread as far as neighboring states, luring at least one thief with a stolen car from Atlanta. When the operation ended, 65 suspects had been identified and 37 were arrested within a week of the store closing.
Police Station
One issue with the police station was that it was not ADA-compliant since there is no elevator to the second floor.
Police Station
Police Headquarters
The second-floor municipal courtroom hosted civic events after the police station closed. Dated flyers remain on the back wall of the room.
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