23 15TH Street North
Bessemer, Alabama 35020
The Mission of the Bessemer Police Department is to provide dedicated service to preserve life, safeguard property, enforce the law and bring to justice those who violate the law, and enhance the peace and quality of life in the City of Bessemer.
Adopted March, 2005
Bessemer Police Headquarters
Provides copies of Incident/Offense and Accident Reports to the public.
Monday—Friday 9:00 am to 5:00pm
You must have a valid state ID.
Please allow 48 Hours processing time on all reports.
The fee for a report is $5.00 per copy.
For more information call: 425-5713
Criminal Investigation Division
Bessemer City Jail
Special Operations/Vice & Narcotics
Bessemer Police Department Substations: Southside Substation 2703 Dartmouth Avenue Bessemer, AL 35020 205-481-4345 Emergency Operations Center 651 9th Avenue S.W. Bessemer, AL 35022 Watermark Precinct - Community Services/Crime Prevention 4500 Katie's Way, Suite 200 Bessemer, AL 35022
The City of Bessemer is a member of the Jefferson County, Alabama Personnel Board. All employment is handled through the Personnel Board of Jefferson County. For more information contact the Board.
Nathaniel Rutledge, Jr. is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He is a product of the Birmingham School System and a graduate of Ramsay High School. After high school, Chief Rutledge joined the United States Marine Corps. He served 11 years in the Reserves and received a Meritorious Commendation before promotion to the rank of Sergeant. He is also a Desert Storm Veteran.
He began his law enforcement career in 1988 serving at Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Fairfield Police Department before promotion to Police Chief at the City of Bessemer in 2003.
Chief Rutledge has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Auburn University. He also studied at the Birmingham School of Law and earned a Master Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Virginia. Rutledge is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Southeastern Law Enforcement Development Seminar. He has earned a Certification in Law Enforcement through University Partnership of Alabama Continuing Education (UPACE) and has attained certification as Certified Law Enforcement Executive by State of Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission.
Deputy-Chief Michael Roper