The Foley Police Patrol Division consists of uniformed officers with a K‐9 Squad, Code Enforcement, and two assigned to the Accident Investigation Unit. Patrol officers wear many hats in their day to day assignments. Our patrol officers strive to be professional, approachable, and a part of the community. Patrol provides many services above answering emergency calls, such as providing escorts, security at special events, investigating traffic crashes, and interacting with kids and citizens in our community. Each shift is tasked with developing strategies to enhance our community’s security and safety through proactive policing. This is accomplished by traffic enforcement, identifying crime trends, and working to prevent future crime.
Accicent Investigation Unit
The Accident Investigation Unit for the Foley Police Department currently has four Certified Traffic Homicide Investigators in 2020, with two officers certified in Traffic Crash Reconstruction. During 2020, the Foley Police Department worked 861 total crashes, only one of those being fatal. The majority of these crashes occurred on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This unit utilizes a covert speed detection device and portable speed trailers that help to identify problem areas for speeding, and is also useful in acquiring traffic data that can be used to increase safety on the roadways of Foley.
AIU officers work closely with city engineering to relay the information obtained to increase roadway safety and focus on improving problem areas. Officers in this unit are also trained in the use and the analysis of data from the EDR (event data recorder). The EDR tools and software allow the unit to access files that are saved on certain airbag modules, power control modules, engine control modules and rollover sensors from the majority of modern vehicles involved in significant crash or “deployment” events. These files are very accurate and extremely useful in crash investigations. The data recorded normally includes a vehicle’s speed, braking, changes in velocity and direction during a crash event. The modules, or “computers,” in your vehicle, usually start recording the data five seconds prior to the crash event.
The tools and training available to this unit significantly increase the level of service provided to motorists involved in serious vehicle collisions on the roadways of Foley. The Accident Investigation Unit for the Foley Police Department understands that a vehicle crash can be a traumatic experience for the parties involved. Although we investigate crashes every day, working approximately one hundred wrecks a month, we appreciate the fact that this is not a common experience for most people.
The Foley Police Department K‐9 Unit is comprised of one K‐9 Sergeant that is in charge of the unit, three other officers, and their K‐9 partners. This allows each patrol shift to have a K‐9 working with them and at their disposal. K‐9 officers are on an on‐call basis and are subject to call as needed. Each handler is assigned a K‐9 that works and lives with the handler. The K‐9 vehicles are specially designed to carry the K‐9. These vehicles are equipped with safety features to keep the K‐9 cool and hydrated. They are even designed to notify the handler if the car gets too hot. Also, these specially designed units allow the K‐9 to be
deployed from the vehicle if the handler needs assistance.
The unit maintains a high level of readiness for a variety of areas of deployment. The handlers and K‐9s are responsible for the following duties: responding to alarms, criminal apprehension, tracking fleeing criminals, tracking missing persons, building/area searches for suspects, crowd control, evidence search and recovery, and detection of illegal narcotics. This means a lot of training. Each handler trains on shift as well as on their personal time. The unit meets and trains together every week for a minimum of sixteen hours per month.
The K‐9 Unit helps make the city of Foley a safer place for citizens and businesses by locating and seizing illegal narcotics/drug money, tracking/apprehending fleeing criminals, locating evidence, and conducting demonstrations of the unit’s abilities to the public.
There are two police officers assigned to Code Enforcement. Code enforcement officers help protect the safety and health of citizens by ensuring that buildings, dwellings, and land in the city of Foley are in compliance with city ordinances. Additionally, we ensure that all new businesses to the area have obtained proper business licenses and permits. We also investigate the abandonment of vehicles, junk, trash, litter and debris, environmental or health hazards, as these fall under the category of maintaining the quality of life for all Foley citizens.
Code Enforcement is responsible for responding to patrol related calls and enforcing municipal ordinances. On any given day, we can be responding to a burglar alarm and the next minute be dispatched to an animal complaint. With Code Enforcement, you never know what the next call may be. We also work closely with Foley City Hall addressing complaints that they may receive directly. Code Enforcement is also responsible for the protection of the Wolf Creek Nature Preserve and Wolf Creek Park and the wildlife that live there. We patrol the entire preserve looking for signs of illegal hunting as well as damage to the facilities.
The Foley Police Department Bicycle Unit is well known in our community. They are highly visible during public events such as parades. During such events, the Bicycle Unit’s visibility acts as a deterrent for crime or unsafe acts, while their mobility allows them to respond quickly in crowded areas. The Bicycle Unit is also called upon, at times, to patrol our streets just as a police officer would in a patrol vehicle. The Bicycle Unit’s officers have made a difference in our community by being visible and approachable while also using their unique skills to deter and detect crime.
The Foley Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID) consists of one lieutenant, three sergeants, one corporal, three narcotic detectives, five specialized detectives, two intelligence analysts, and one administrative assistant. The Division handles sex offenders, domestic violence offenders, juveniles, evidence collection, crime scene processing, technology and fraud based crimes, and background investigations for future employees. The primary function is to investigate and solve felony cases and serious misdemeanors within the City of Foley. The Division works tirelessly to solve crime because our victims and citizens are very important to us and deserve nothing less than the best possible service. We are very victim oriented and strive in each case to reach the greatest possible outcome for each using the knowledge, skills, and abilities that set us apart from others. The Criminal Investigations Division consists of sixteen members that function in a multifaceted cohesive team that has the reputation of being one of the best in our area.
Criminal Intelligence Unit
The Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU), a section within the Criminal Investigations Division, consists of the Criminal Intelligence Sergeant and two Crime Analysts/Records Center employees and one Detective. CIU’s mission is to collect, evaluate, and disseminate information on crimes, crime trends, and known or suspected criminal violators, groups, or organizations for analytical utilization. CIU provides the department and other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with timely information regarding matters directly or indirectly affecting the safety and security of the people in the city and our surrounding communities.
- Crime Trend Analysis: Systematic analysis of patterns and trends in efforts to deploy resources in a more effective manner, assist detectives in identifying and apprehending suspects, devising solutions to crime problems, and formulating crime prevention strategies.
- Organized Crime: Investigate, collect, and report information dealing with the activities of syndicated criminal interests including both traditional and non‐traditional organized crime groups.
- Traveling Criminals: Investigate, identify, and monitor the activities of individuals who meet the following criteria: convicted felon, arrested in three or more jurisdictions, association with other known criminals; and/or directly connected with a crime or crimes commitied by other known criminals.
- Public Disorder: Investigate, collect, and report information dealing with activities of persons or groups having a propensity for violence, subversion, or are reasonably believed to be capable of violent acts against other persons.
- Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVE’s): CIU is responsible for collecting information, investigating, and evaluating individuals, groups, and/or organizations that perpetrate crimes in support of Homegrown Violent Extremism.
- Special Investigations: Any investigation directed by the Chief of Police or his designee.
CIU Analysts also perform the records management role for the department consisting of data entry, report validation, state and federal records disposition and reporting compliance, and file management.
The Foley Police Department manages a 55 bed municipal jail. There were approximately 3,566 arrestees who came through our facility in 2020. Foley Municipal Jail not only holds arrestees for Foley arrests, but also for Summerdale and Elberta by contract. We also house for other agencies who need temporary
housing until their arrestees can be transported to Baldwin County Corrections. We have a 14 correction officer staff, 4 of which are supervisors, an Assistant Chief Corrections Officer and a Chief Corrections Officer. Our correcƟons officers work diligently to ensure the custody, care, and control of the inmates in
the facility while providing a safe and secure environment. In past years, the inmates have been given opportunities to receive services while in our facility. With the intent of helping change lives, the services provided in the past included church services, drug counseling services, and AA/NA services for those who wished to attend. However, with the 2020 pandemic, these services were not offered in house, as traffic inside the facility was kept to a minimum. Our great community was still eager to provide materials to our inmates; therefore, brochures and books were allowed to be dropped off for distribution to the inmates.
2020 has been another good year for the Foley Police Communications Section. Our calls have once again run the spectrum of extremely serious to the welcome of mild and routine. We continue to strive to give quality customer service in a professional manner. We gladly serve the citizens of Foley and each person that chooses to visit our city each year.
The 2020 Foley Communications Section added two new faces to our staff, Leticia Rodriguez and Janine Parker. Our new members have become a welcome fit and we look forward to a long relationship with each. We look forward to the upcoming year and the opportunity to serve the citizens of Foley.
School Resource Officers
The School Resource Officer Program has now been in place for seven years. For 2020, officers continnued to work hand in hand with our administrators, teachers, students, and community. Community policing has now become a priority for law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Even with the challenges of the pandemic, our School Resource Officers are able to work with the community on a daily basis, while also providing a safe and secure
environment for our children.
Officers taught classes throughout the school year to student grades pre‐kindergarten through 12th. Prekindergarten and kindergarten classes were introduced to the role of police officers both in and out of schools. In 2014, we introduced the nationally recognized Run‐Hide‐Fight Program to our high school administration and teachers. In 2016, we were able to provide that presentation to all four of our schools, to include a presentation for our middle school students. Officers discussed safety and preventative measures to be used in case of an active threat on campus. Connuing with the effort to keep our schools safe, SROs along with our Professional Development Unit conducted an active threat training where teachers from Foley Elementary and Foley Intermediate parcipated in a live simulation of an active threat before the official school year started. Our SROs informed Foley High School administration and staff of the dangers of a popular e‐cigarette and how to recognize if their students have one. Also, officers are implementing a mentor program, with the assistance of the middle school administration, to reach students with disciplinary and behavioral issues.
Schools all over Baldwin County were cut short last school year due to COVID‐19. Our SRO’s supported Patrol, Communications, and Corrections to reinforce manpower.
Hurricane Sally brought unprecedented challenges to our area. SROs were part of the relief effort in providing clean‐up, distributing supplies, and giving assistance to the community. Furthermore, during this school year, SROs assisted school staff in providing a safe environment for students by implementing personal protective equipment protocol to minimize the spread of COVID‐19.
In 2021, the School Resource Officers look forward to continue their efforts to provide a safe and secure school environment while building relationships with the community. In just these first seven years, officers are seeing a positive influence among students and receiving positive feedback from both parents and administrators.
Community Services Unit
2020 was another great year for the Community Services Unit. Our goal has and will continue to be building strong and lasting relationships with our community as a whole. We work together to reduce crime in our community. We have been able to accomplish this by implementing many services. Some of the services we have are: Kid’s Camp, Citizen’s Police Academy, Neighborhood Watch, Foley Police Explorer Program, Ident‐I‐kid Program, certified child passenger safety seat installers, Police Services Kiosk, Yellow Dot Program, House Check Program, and Coffee with a Cop. Our Community Outreach Program conducts presentations on various topics that impact our community. Information is a powerful tool and we strive to educate the public in an effort to help them better understand how to protect themselves and their property. We are working tirelessly with our businesses. As 2021 begins, we are very excited about the future and the direction of our Community Services Unit.