On December 11, 2006 Major Ralph Dawe was appointed Chief of Police of the Scottsboro Police Department. Past Chief of Police Keith Smith retired effective June 30, 2006.
Chief Dawe joined the Scottsboro Police Department in March, 1989. During his career with SPD he served as a patrolman for three years, and served in the Detective Division for 10 years. During those ten years in the detective division, he held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant and then Captain of the Detective Division.
In December, 2002 Chief Dawe was promoted to Major with the Scottsboro Police Department. One of his many duties as Major was to supervise all patrol and detective field operations and the 71 employees assigned to the Police Department.
Chief Dawe played a significant role in the many major improvements and accomplishments in the Scottsboro Police Department since 1992.
He has applied for and received $394,950.00 in federal grant money to promote and implement COPS in our school program. He applied for and received $134,066.00 federal grant money to help with methamphetamine investigations and to upgrade the technical equipment within the department such as computerized fingerprinting, computers and state of the art police software. Chief Dawe applied for and received another federal grant for $200,000.00 to place computers in patrol cars for real time connectivity between our officers and dispatchers in effort to keep our community safe in a more efficient and modern manner. More recently, he has implemented the use of new crime fighting technology that allows citizens to confidentially communicate, via text, with the police and to provide criminal information by using their smart phones and computers.
Chief Dawe and the department work very closely with the surrounding local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to better enhance the quality of life in the City of Scottsboro.
Chief Dawe is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. and belongs to the FBI National Academy Association. He has attended many continuing education classes, conferences and training seminars in all aspects of the criminal justice field. He is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, International Narcotic Association, Alabama Narcotic Association and a charter member of the Alabama Criminal Investigators Association.
Chief Dawe is married to Roxanne Dawe and they have four children and six grandchildren.
Message from Chief Dawe:
Our officers and support staff are highly qualified and trained. They all have been instrumental in making this city maintain a below average crime rate. I am proud of all the employees and the jobs they perform for the Scottsboro Police Department and the community we serve.