Jacksonville, Alabama

Police Department History

The Jacksonville Police Department was formed in 19XX when it was the county seat. Due to the lack of records, the best I could find was the following Chiefs of Police;

(If you have any information about past police chief, please let us know)

August 27, 1928 – Chief John T. Rowland (Killed in Office)
19XX to 19XX – Chief Hobbs
19XX to 19XX – Chief Ed Sneed
19XX to 1934 – Chief W. A. Venable
1935 to 19XX – Chief C. C. Livingston
19XX to 19XX – Chief Howard Trammell

Chief Bill Harris
Chief Bill Harris

 

 

19XX to 19XX – Chief Bill Harris

 

 

 

 

June 21, 1955 – Chief D. Emerson Whiteside (Killed in office)
10/09/1956 – 07/31/1981 – Chief J. Ross Tipton
1981 to 1987 – Chief Paul Locke

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Chief Tommy Thompson

 

 

 

1988 to present – Chief Tommy L. Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

J. Ross Tipton took the position of Jacksonville Police Department's Chief of Police in 1956.
J. Ross Tipton took the position of Jacksonville Police Department’s Chief of Police in 1956.
Chief Tipton’s Alabama Police Academy photo. Note, the academy was only two weeks long. I have been told this was on a two week police seminar.
Chief Tipton’s Alabama Police Academy photo. Note, the academy was only two weeks long. I have been told this was on a two week police seminar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the newspaper article that went the class photo above.
Here is the newspaper article that went the class photo above.

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As a young man, Chief Tipton loved boxing. I was unable to find anything more, but he must have been fairly good because in this old newspaper clip it talks about him fighting Bill Stone from Chicago.

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Some of the things Chief Tipton loved to do was to fish. I probable found more pictures of Chief Tipton and fish, then any other pictures.