Hoover Police Department
Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis Welcome to Hoover.
To see the official Hoover Police Department website, click on this link: www.hooverpd.com, the official website of the Hoover Police Department. This official website is designed to provide an overview of police personnel and resources used daily in an effort to make Hoover a safe city in which to live, work and visit. This website is just one of the many tools used to help educate our community about the comprehensive police services offered.
For photographs of the 2014 Police Officer of the Year Awards Luncheon at the February 19, 2015 Chamber Luncheon, as well as the 2014 911 Operator of the Year, 2014 Detention Officer of the Year, and the 2014 Firefighter of the Year Awards, go to the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce "Photo Album" website at www.hooverchamber.smugmug.com or directly to the following page at http://hooverchamber.smugmug.com/Hoover-Chamber-Luncheons/2015-Luncheons/February-2015-Luncheon/47601952_NhgwWV#!i=3888044921&k=2pKGXqH
At the February 2015 Chamber Public Safety Awards Luncheon, The Police Officer of the Year was recognized, sponsored by Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall, with Officer James Bullock recognized as the 2014 Police Officer of the Year, and Sergeant Mike Lucas, Detective Wayne Weems, and Detective Kimberly Quattlebaum all recognized as finalists for their outstanding work during the year by Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis. Shown is Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis (left) with Officer James Bullock.
Joseph Ritchey, right, was recognized at the February Public Safety Awards Luncheon by Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis for his outstanding work as the Detention Officer of the Year for 2014 in his work at the Hoover City Jail. This award is sponsored by Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall.
Kim Jones was recognized by Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis as the 2014 Telecommunicator of the Year for her outstanding work in helping the Police Department and Fire Department in her duties, and in specific instances outlined by Chief Derzis. This award was sponsored by TurnerBatson Architects.
Firefighter-Paramedic Michael Thorin (left) was recognized at the February Chamber Public Safety Awards Luncheon as the Outstanding Firefighter of the Year by Hoover Fire Chief Chuck Wingate (center), and Firefighter-Paramedic-RN Wanda Durrett was recognized at the Outstanding Paramedic of the Year for 2014 at the luncheon. These two awards were sponsored by TurnerBatson Architects. TurnerBatson has sponsored these awards for some sixteen consecutive years.
From a One-Man Show to a World-Class Fleet
Hoover Police Department Sets a Historical Precedence
"Every citizen of the republic ought to consider himself an unofficial policeman, and keep unsalaried watch and ward over the laws and their execution."
With its more than 155 sworn officers, a nationally recognized ethanol vehicle power program and future home to the National Computer Forensics Institute, it's hard to believe that the Hoover Police Department (HPD) began 40 years ago with just one man, one car and a city of only 406 people.
When Hoover was established in 1967, its first police chief was 65-year-old James Norrell, retired Captain of Detectives for the Birmingham Police Department. He patrolled the new city in one car - a 1968 Ford Galaxy. At that time, the police department functioned out of a small room in the Hoover Fire department; the station bathroom actually served as a holding cell for the occasional inmate prior to being transported to a proper jail cell in nearby Vestavia.
In 1969, Chief Norrell retired and was replaced by Oscar Davis, who continued to serve as Chief of Police for eight years. By the end of Davis's tenure, the police department was moved from its shared space at the fire station to offices built in the new City Hall.
Over the course of the coming decades, the department would see an increase in the demand for policemen due to the expanding city and its needs. From 406 citizens 40 years ago to an estimated 71,000 at present, the Hoover Police Department has grown dramatically to ensure the ever-growing needs of the people it serves are met.
Currently led by Chief Nick Derzis, the HPD is now one of the most advanced police departments in the nation with many officers trained in special areas of law enforcement such as K-9 operations, special response team tactics, criminal forensics and bomb disposal, among others.
The HPD was one of the first and largest in the nation to operate its vehicles on ethanol, a cleaner alternative fuel. Montgomery has since followed suit, installing a 12,000-gallon ethanol refueling facility for all Alabama's state motor pools, thus propelling the state's move to cleaner air and cleaner cities.
In addition, city officials broke ground in March 2007 for the National Computer Forensic Institute (NCFI), which will be seen as the center of all high technology-based law enforcement and crime prevention. The nation, as well as the world, will look to Hoover to educate and train the next generation of world-class high tech forensic professionals.
From one man and one car 40 years ago to over 155 men and an entire fleet of environmentally-friendly vehicles in 2007 in an ever expanding city- it's safe to say those that protect and serve have certainly adapted to Hoover's changing landscape.