Bessemer, Alabama

Bessemer is a city in Alabama, located just southwest of Birmingham, in Jefferson County. Birmingham is the County Seat of Jefferson County. Bessemer has a population of 27,456 residents, and the mayor is Kenneth E. Gulley. His office is located in City Hall, which is on 3rd Avenue.

City of Bessemer
City Hall
1700 3rd Avenue North
Bessemer, AL 35020

City of Bessemer Facebook Page

In the year 2016, there were 3 reported murders, 29 reported rapes, and 127 reported robberies in Bessemer. There were also 604 reported assaults, 573 reported burglaries, 1,621 reported thefts, and 209 reported auto thefts. For 2016, Bessemer had a crime index of 1,164.9, which is more than 4 times the United States national crime index of 276.9. There were 135 registered sex offenders living in Bessemer, as of February 2018.

Bessemer, Alabama – Police Station and Crime Statistics

In 2016, there were 3,166 crimes reported in Bessemer, for a crime rate of 11,906 per 100,000 persons. For comparison, the United States national crime rate was 2,837 per 100,000 persons, and the Alabama state crime rate of 3,480. Thefts and property crimes are the most commonly reported crimes in Bessemer.

The Bessemer Police Department is located on North 15th Street, and the Police Chief is Michael Roper. The department employs 115 sworn officers, involved in divisions including patrol, jail, traffic, criminal investigations, administration, training, special response team, community service, crime prevention, environmental, parking enforcement, and internal affairs.

Bessemer Police Department
23 North 15th Street
Bessemer, AL 35020

Bessemer Police Department Facebook page

Michael Roper, Chief of Police

Inmates are also housed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Birmingham, where Mark Levie Pettway is the sheriff. Approximately 1,000 inmates are housed daily between the two Jefferson County facilities. The Deputy Chief of Corrections is Cleveland Moore. The Sheriff’s Office includes patrol, criminal, and corrections divisions, along with offering resources to schools and courts.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
2200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35203

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page

Mark Levie Pettway

Cleveland Moore, Deputy Chief of Corrections

Bessemer, Alabama – Open Records Requests

Open Records Requests must be submitted through the City Clerk of Bessemer, who is Wanda Taylor. The City Clerk is tasked with maintaining documents and records of the city.

Wanda Taylor, City Clerk
1700 Third Avenue North
Bessemer, Alabama 35020