Welcome to the website of the Montgomery Department of Public Safety.
The Montgomery Department of Public Safety is the parent agency for all safety-related operations in the capital city. The department was formed in 2010 to streamline public safety services, increase efficiency, and better serve the public. DPS initially included Fire/Rescue, Police, and Emergency Communications; in 2012, it incorporated the City/County Emergency Management Agency, as well. Each agency is commanded by a chief or director whose work is coordinated through the leadership of the DPS director.
Above from left to right: EMA Director Brenda M. Mitchell, Police Chief Kevin J. Murphy, Public Safety Director J. Christopher Murphy, Fire Chief Miford Jordan and Emergency Communications Director Larry J. Fisher.
The DPS consolidated concept strengthens all public safety services and furthers the city’s vision to sustain a safe, vibrant and growing Montgomery in its entirety that we all are proud to call “home." The unified department’s seal, featured on this page, focuses on “Efficient, Effective, Professional Public Service.” These are goals that govern our work as Montgomery’s public servants. Within each agency, employees strive to uphold the highest of standards, as befits the state’s capital city. DPS’s service to the community is grounded in our understanding that the safety of citizens is a fundamental and vital function of government. When citizens need help in an emergency, their call to 9-1-1 is the catalyst that triggers the city’s response to provide that help. Call-takers and dispatchers are the communications hub for all public safety services, receiving and channeling information that allows police, fire and medic emergency response at a moment’s notice. The men and women of the Department of Public Safety are on duty 24/7 to protect and serve, but a time of critical need is when they are at their best. Whether it’s Police response to a traffic crash or suspected burglar, Fire/Rescue response to a heart attack victim or house fire, or EMA response to a tornado, we strive throughout DPS to provide compassionate, skilled service that helps ensure the public’s critical need for safety. Public Safety’s work for Montgomery is characterized by strategic, data-driven enforcement and management that fosters: *A safer capital city, with record-breaking reductions in crime. *A “2” ISO rating, the best among Alabama’s large municipalities. The rating reflects the excellence of city fire services and pushes down insurance rates for residents and businesses alike. *An exceptional City/County EMA whose training, planning and preparation assure readiness in the event of disaster. *Fiscal and operational efficiencies, ranging from consolidated uniform contracts and IT functions to combination of the Police and Fire/Rescue dive teams. *Progressive leadership that strives for innovation and improvement. The executive staffs of all four agencies meet weekly, effectively expanding the public safety brain trust to address the challenges of each. *Agencies engaged with the community and working in partnership with residents, neighborhoods, the school system, universities, the Chamber of Commerce, the business community and others to increase safety city-wide. Please explore the links to the Montgomery Police, Fire/Rescue, EMA and Emergency Communications websites to learn more about the many ways these agencies protect and serve Montgomery, her residents and visitors.
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