A MESSAGE FROM CHIEF PAT CHEATWOOD
As police chief, it is my honor to serve the citizens of Pelham alongside the men and women of this great police department.
The City of Pelham is growing, and every member of this department does his or her very best to make sure business owners, residents and visitors are served with a high level of professionalism.
We always want you to feel safe. Pelham Police Officers are some of the most highly-trained, vigilant and dedicated police officers in the business.
We have a strong team of professionals in our Communications Center. They are there 24-7 to answer all emergency and non-emergency police and fire-related calls and to dispatch first responders, immediately.
Our department depends on the citizens we serve to partner with us in order to make the city of Pelham a safe place to live, work and visit.
End of Watch - December 4, 2009
End of Watch - February 20, 2012
Philip M. Davis was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-65 in Pelham. Philip was the first Pelham Police Officer to ever be killed in the line of duty.
He left behind a wife and two small children.
It was evident that Philip's reason for choosing this profession was his profound love for this nation, the community and his fellow man. Philip's death was a tremendous loss to our community.
Philip was a 4.5-year veteran of the Pelham Police Department. Previously, he worked at the Calera Police Department and at the University of Alabama Police Department. Philip also served as an adjunct instructor at ITT Technical Institute's School of Criminal Justice in Bessemer.
Philip's life was a testament to compassion, ethics and hard work that continues to serve as an inspiration to us all. His sacrifice to our community and this country will never be forgotten.
Dispatch Supervisor Michael Wilkinson began his career with the Pelham Police Department on May 3, 1989.
Mike was an excellent dispatcher who never complained. He always showed great concern and consideration
for co-workers and citizens, alike. Mike was the voice of comfort to innumerable citizens who never knew who he was but were comforted by his calm and reassuring demeanor during what may have been the
worst moments of their lives.
Mike was the voice of reassurance on the radio to countless police officers and fire personnel. If one ever appeared upset, he or she could always count on Mike to lend a listening ear.
Dispatcher Wilkinson’s life was cut short on February 20, 2012 after a sudden illness. He was a friend to all and is greatly missed. Mike exemplified dedication, professionalism and loyalty to the Pelham Police and Fire Departments, the City of Pelham and its citizens.