The Cullman Police Department is the largest municipal law enforcement agency in Cullman County. A full-service police agency, the department has embraced a community-oriented philosophy and relies heavily upon community involvement in problem-solving strategies. It is through this approach of heightened community awareness in public safety matters that the Cullman Police Department most effectively addresses its major priority of providing a safe and secure environment for those who live, work, and play here.



In 1885, law was maintained in the City of Cullman by a constable, and later by marshals. In 1896, GJ McCoy was City Marshal, and was followed by Bill Schneider in 1900. From 1907 forward, a Chief of Police has been tasked with maintaining law and order.


1875: The Town Marshal was required to furnish his badge at his own expense.
1876: The Town Marshal was paid an annual salary of $125. In 1877, however, he was In 1880, he was paid $.50 for each arrest made that ended in a conviction.
1877: The Town Marshal became able to earn extra income by removing the carcasses of dead animals. He would receive $1.50 for a hog or dog and $4.00 for cattle.
1880: The Town Marshal was now paid $.50 for each arrest made that ended in a conviction.
1886: Mayor ordered the Town Marshal to get rid of cow bells on city streets.
1894: A resolution was passed forbidding the Town Marshal from entering saloons to drink or play pool while on duty.
1897: A two-cell city jail was built for $325.
1905: The Town Marshal was paid $35 each month, with a $1 bonus for each conviction.
1915: The police force consisted of three men.
1920: The Chief of Police was paid $100 each month.
1921: A motorcycle was added to the force.
1923: The motorcycle was replaced with a Ford Roadster.
1931: A Chevrolet coach was put into service; plans were presented for a 10′ x 12′ police station to be built at the corner of 1st Avenue & 4th Street West.
1948: The police force consisted of seven men.
1953: An old truck was purchased for $100 and delegated to the dog catcher.
1955: A radar speed unit was purchased.
1962: Each officer was required to pay $2.50 each month for his uniforms.
1973: A code of rules and regulations was published.
1976: Air conditioning was added to the police station and jail.
2001: Police Department moved to the 2nd floor of the Cullman City Board of Education building.
2005: Patrol Division moved to the former Cullman Housing Authority office.
2007: The Police Department began adding Dodge Chargers to their fleet of patrol vehicles.
2009: The new Police Department facility opened at 601 2nd Avenue NE on the former Greif industrial property.

Chiefs of Police

05/21/1906 – 10/12/1908: M.C. Blackmon 09/28/1939 – 01/13/1947: W.M. Heaton
11/19/1908 – 08/21/1911: G.A. Hickman 01/13/1947 – 09/11/1950: J.E. Pierce
09/04/1911 – 09/18/1915: A.J. Hill 09/25/1950 – 10/23/1950: E.E. Fulmer
09/18/1915 – 01/18/1919:  J.W. Sparks 10/04/1950 – 09/30/1952: G.C. Chapman
01/18/1919 – 08/08/1919: C.B. Graves 10/13/1952 – 09/30/1956: O.W. Hancock
08/18/1919 – 10/04/1920: J.S. Brasher 10/08/1956 – 09/30/1960: G.C. Chapman
10/04/1920 – 03/20/1922: W.G. Windsor 10/05/1960 – 09/30/1964: R.B. Moyer
03/20/1922 – 08/21/1922: J.W. West 10/04/1964 – 09/30/1972: Bascom Miller
08/21/1922 – 12/19/1922: A.A. Rollo 10/01/1972 – 09/30/1984: Roy Wood, Jr.
04/16/1923 – 11/17/1924: W.G. Windsor 10/01/1984 – 10/02/1988: Bill Mangum
11/17/1924 – 11/28/1932:  J.H. Nix 10/03/1988 – PRESENT: Kenny Culpepper
11/28/1932 – 09/25/1939: Jack Tucker    

Safe Exchange Zone

The Cullman Police Department has a safe exchange zone in the parking lot of the police department facility, located at 601 2nd Ave. NE.

The zone provides a well-lit, public location for people to meet to finalize online sales transactions, exchange child custody, and so forth. The idea behind the safe exchange zone is to lessen the risk of robberies, fraud, or other incidents that can sometimes be associated with these types of transactions.

Police personnel are not present or involved in any of the exchanges that take place in the safe exchange zone, and police personnel cannot serve as official witnesses of transactions. The zone is simply offered as a safer alternative for these types of transactions.

The Cullman Police Department advises our citizens to still follow the following safety guidelines when buying and selling items online:

  • Only trade with local buyers/sellers.
  • Take someone with you to meet a prospective buyer/seller.
  • Make sure a family member or friend is aware of the transaction details.
  • Insist on meeting in a public area, like the CPD safe exchange zone.
  • Do not enter someone elseís house, and do not allow a stranger into your home.
  • When possible, complete the transaction during daylight hours.
  • If a transaction occurs after dark, complete the transaction in a well-lit, public location, such as the CPD safe exchange zone.
  • Be extra cautious when buying or selling valuable items such as vehicles or jewelry.
  • Trust your instincts: If it sounds like a scam, it probably is.
  • If someone is not willing to meet you at the CPD safe exchange zoneî to complete the transaction, it is probably not a legitimate transaction.