The Uniform Division IS the driving force of the Opelika Police Department. Uniform Officers will provide ethical, professional proactive police service to all citizens and visitors of the City of Opelika while fairly and equally enforcing all State Laws and City Ordinances. They will maintain impeccable ethical standards and courtesy in their daily contacts with the people they protect. Officers will act mature and confident in their decision making while solving problems quickly and clearly communicating their decisions while maintaining the integrity due their position. Officers will respect each other and always work as a team to overcome the challenges presented them no matter how daunting. Uniform Officers will remain strongly dedicated and loyal to the Division and Department while always remembering…WE ARE- Opelika Police!
The Patrol Unit is the largest division of the Opelika Police Department. They are responsible for responding to service calls, making arrests, resolving disputes, taking reports, traffic enforcement and other crime prevention measures.
Opelika Police Department training unit provides initial and in-service training to all personnel. The OPD is committed to developing the skills and knowledge of sworn and civilian employees through hands-on continuous training.
- New recruits go through several weeks of internal training before attending the 14-week training academy.
- School Resource Officers are sent to the NASRO Basic School Resource Officer Course and the D.A.R.E. Instructor course
- Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission requires a minimum of 12 hours of training per year, however many of our officers receive many more.
Once an officer is named as a handler, that officer along with his canine partner is sent to Alabama Canine Law Enforcement Officer's Training Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The new handler receives over 400 hours of intensive training while in school. Upon completion of the training, the handler and his partner are certified by Alabama Canine for one year. All canine officers at OPD receive a minimum of 24 hours of training monthly when back at the department. The OPD is fortunate to have two Canine Trainers in-house which allows us to certify our canine teams internally one year then send the teams back to Alabama Canine to be certified the following year. This provides an outside entity to certify and validate our maintenance training.
Our K9 Unit is one of the top 10 in the state. Our dogs are utilized by several local agencies and perform all K9 functions. Their duties include searching for drugs & explosives, locating missing people, finding crime scene evidence and apprehending suspects.
School Resource Officers
We have a very active School Resource Officer program that is tasked with building positive relationships with our youth as well as keeping our schools safe.
The Opelika Police Department has seven School Resource Officers, who constantly monitor all of the Opelika School System campuses. They act as liaisons between the schools and the Police Department on all matter of safety and law enforcement on campus.
Traffic Homicide Investigation Unit
THI is responsible for investigating all traffic related fatalities and serious traffic crashes. They are trained in accident reconstruction and use state of the art technology for crash scene mapping.
Our SWAT Team is a highly trained, skilled and well-equipped resource to utilize in the handling of critical incidents or special situations when a tactical response is necessary. Together with the Auburn Police Department and the Lee County Sherriff’s office they have combined to form the “Lee County SWAT Team.”