Dothan Police Dept. Press Release


Dothan Police Department
210 North Saint Andrews Street
Dothan, Alabama 36303
Gregory J. Benton
Chief of Police
(334) 615-3000
E-mail dpd@dothan.org

Media Alert
March 3, 2015

The Dothan Police Department is pleased to announce the spring 2015 session of the Citizens Observer Program. The Program is an exciting 5-week program hosted by the Dothan Police Department which is intended for citizens interested in learning more about the Dothan Police Department and what it is like to be a Dothan police officer.
Offered FREE of charge, this hands-on, interactive behind-the-scenes program is taught by experienced police officers, who share their unique perspective on law enforcement. The program features an opportunity to ride along with a police officer on shift and covers the following range of topics:

· Crime scene and criminal investigation
· Drug and alcohol awareness
· Traffic crash and enforcement
· Officer Safety and use of force
· Constitutional law and legal issues
· Tools and equipment
· Special weapons and tactics
· Bomb explosive detail
· K9 operations

The purpose of the Citizens’ Observer Program is to open the Dothan Police Department up to the public allowing participants to see exactly what we do and how we do it. Many myths of how law enforcement operates are perpetuated in popular culture – this program provides a realistic view of law enforcement equipping participants with the ability to better assess public safety issues and share with others their first-hand knowledge of law enforcement policies and practices.

The initial class will begin March 31st at 6:30 pm and will be held at the Dothan Police Department. The remaining classes will be held each Tuesday in April from 6 to 8 PM at the Dothan Police Department Community Services building located at 620 Sixth Avenue. The program is open to adults 19-years-old or older or to youth 16-years-old or older with parental consent. The classes are limited to 25 participants. Applications are available at the police department front desk or online by visiting our Community Service section on the city’s website (www.dothan.org).

Completed applications may be faxed to (334) 615-3609 or mailed/delivered in person to the Dothan Police Department Records Division at 210 North Saint Andrews Street, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and those that are not able to attend this session will be contacted when a future session is scheduled.

For more information, contact Lieutenant Baxley or Corporal Peters at 334-793-0230

Gregory J. Benton
CHIEF OF POLICE

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Dothan Police Dept. Press Release


Dothan Police Department
210 North Saint Andrews Street
Dothan, Alabama 36303
Gregory J. Benton
Chief of Police
(334) 615-3000
E-mail dpd@dothan.org

Press Release
December 15, 2014

On December 12, 2014 the Dothan Police Department made a felony arrest after receiving information that Ronald Reneau threatened to kill a bus driver.

Investigators say that on the morning of December 12, 2014 Reneau arrived at Girard Elementary School and expressed his anger towards a school employee because his child had been reprimanded while riding the school bus, due to inappropriate behavior. While on the school grounds, Reneau stated he was going to kill the bus driver because of the way he felt his child was being treated and left the campus shortly after.

Officers made contact with Reneau at an acquaintances home and arrested him for making Terroristic Threats.

• Ronald Richard Reneau, white male, 46 years of age, of Headland Avenue was arrested and charged with making Terrorist Threats. Reneau is being held without bond.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Ronald Richard Reneau

Gregory J. Benton
Chief of Police

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Dothan Police Dept Press Release


Dothan Police Department
210 North Saint Andrews Street
Dothan, Alabama 36303
Gregory J. Benton
Chief of Police
(334) 615-3000
E-mail dpd@dothan.org

Press Release
July 27, 2014

On July 25th, 2014 the Dothan Police Department responded to the 3200 block of Fortner Street following a 9-1-1 emergency call in which a pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle.

Upon arrival, officer’s found an elderly female lying unresponsive on the side of the road as well as the driver of the vehicle, who appeared unharmed. The elderly female was transported to Flowers Hospital where she succumbed to the injuries suffered as a result of the collision.

Members of the Dothan Police Department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and through preliminary investigation determined the victim, Darlene Dean, 71 years of age was struck while walking in the roadway. There were no indications of impairment in the driver of the vehicle involved. Investigators were advised that Dean suffered from a mental condition and had been reported missing moments before the accident.

The Dothan Police Department extends its condolences to all parties involved in this tragic incident.

Gregory J. Benton
Chief of Police

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Dothan Police Dept Press Release


The Dothan Police Department is conducting a city wide search of a missing elderly woman. The woman, Joann Gregory, is an 82 year old white female who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and was last seen wearing turquoise pajamas at approximately 3:00 am at 201 Pine Tree.

I’ve attached a picture of Gregory. Please get this information out to your audiences. Anyone making contact with her is asked to contact the Dothan Police Department at (334)615-3000.

SGT. Maurice “Mac” Eggleston
Media Information Officer
Dothan Police Department
Office: 334-615-4604
Cell: 334-726-7227