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The Alabama Highway Patrol is a division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety and is the highway patrol agency for Alabama, which has jurisdiction anywhere in the state. It was created to protect the lives, property and constitutional rights of people in Alabama.

In 1971, the Alabama Highway Patrol became the first U.S. police organization to use down-sized vehicles for regular highway patrol duties when 132 AMC Javelins were purchased.[1] This pre-dated, among others, the Camaros and Mustangs that were used by other departments years later. The Javelins came with Template:Convert/CID Template:Convert/hp AMC V8 engines, and one of the original cars is now part of the Museum of DPS Headquarters.[2]

Rank StructureEdit

The Alabama Department of Public Safety rank structure is as listed:

Rank Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

Fallen officersEdit

Since the establishment of the Alabama Highway Patrol, 28 officers have died in the line of duty. The following list also contains officers from when the Alabama Highway Patrol was renamed the Alabama Department of Public Safety.[3]

Officer Date of Death Details
Patrolman Maury Young
Saturday, September 5, 1936
Motorcycle accident
Patrolman William D. Raiford Sr. <center>Saturday, October 16, 1937 Motorcycle accident
Patrolman Arvil O. Hudson <center>Tuesday, May 20, 1952 Vehicle pursuit
Patrolman Henry Preston Bryant <center>Sunday, December 7, 1952 Vehicle Pursuit
Patrolman Julian F. Draughon <center>Saturday, October 3, 1953 Motorcycle accident
Patrolman Howard Brock <center>Friday, November 8, 1957 Vehicle pursuit
Patrolman Joe F. Partin <center>Monday, July 25, 1960 Motorcycle accident
Patrolman Anthony Scozzaro <center>Wednesday, December 13, 1961 Automobile accident
Captain Thomas E. Maxwell <center>Thursday, October 4, 1962 Automobile accident
Sergeant Raymond M. Carlton <center>Saturday, February 27, 1965 Automobile accident
Trooper Randolph G. Glover <center>Wednesday, July 19, 1967 Automobile accident
Trooper Brooks D. Lawson <center>Thursday, July 31, 1969 Struck by train
Corporal Thomas O. Gillilan <center>Wednesday, July 1, 1970 Gunfire
Corporal Harlan B. Blake <center>Saturday, October 10, 1970 Vehicle pursuit
Auxiliary Trooper Ormand Franklin Watkins <center>Sunday, April 11, 1971 Gunfire
Corporal Riley Delano Smith <center>Friday, December 17, 1971 Electrocuted
Trooper James B. Robinson <center>Sunday, December 10, 1972 Gunfire
Trooper Bobby S. Gann <center>Thursday, February 21, 1974 Gunfire
Trooper Kenyon M. Lassiter <center>Friday, April 19, 1974 Vehicular assault
Sergeant Julian Douglas Stuckey <center>Thursday, June 27, 1974 Automobile accident
Trooper Johnnie Earl Booker <center>Thursday, November 2, 1978 Automobile accident
Trooper David E. Temple <center>Thursday, September 13, 1979 Gunfire
Trooper Simmie L. Jeffries <center>Friday, December 21, 1984 Automobile accident
Trooper Larry D. Cawyer <center>Saturday, May 25, 1985 Automobile accident
Trooper Elizabeth S. Cobb <center>Sunday, October 11, 1987 Gunfire
Trooper Robert William Jones <center>Thursday, October 3, 1991 Automobile accident
Trooper Willis Von Moore <center>Monday, February 26, 1996 Automobile accident
Trooper Brian Keith Nichols <center>Sunday, February 17, 2002 Automobile accident

Other notable officersEdit

James Bonard Fowler became a significant player in escalating the acute racial conflict that led to the Selma to Montgomery marches in the American Civil Rights Movement.[4] As a corporal in the Alabama State Police in 1965, he shot and killed an unarmed black man, Jimmie Lee Jackson, a killing that went without justice for 45 years.[4][5]

See alsoEdit

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  1. Template:Cite book
  2. "The Alabama State Trooper - AMC Javelin". Alabama Department of Public Safety. 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  3. "Alabama Department of Public Safety, Alabama Fallen Officers". Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fleming, John (6 March 2005), "The Death of Jimmy Lee Jackson", Anniston Star,, retrieved 2008-01-21 
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