Helena, Alabama

Helena, Alabama, is a city in both Shelby and Jefferson Counties, in central Alabama. Helena has a population of 16,793 residents, and the mayor is Mark R. Hall. The County Seat of Shelby County is Columbiana, and the County Seat of Jefferson County is Birmingham. City Hall is located on Highway 52 East.

City of Helena
City Hall
816 Hwy 52E
Helena, AL 35080

City of Helena Facebook Page

Mark R. Hall, Mayor

In 2016, there were 6 rapes and 1 murder in Helena. There were 18 reported assaults, and no reported robberies. There were also 21 reported burglaries, 88 reported thefts, and 6 reported auto thefts. This gave the city a crime index of 85.7, which is dramatically lower than the United States national crime index of 271.0. As of April 2018, there were 6 registered sex offenders living in Heflin.

Helena, Alabama – Police Station and Crime Statistics

In the year 2016, there were 140 reported crimes in Heflin. This gave the city a crime rate of 756 per 100,000 persons. This is much lower than both the Alabama state crime rate of 3,480 per 100,000 persons and the United States national crime rate of 2,837 per 100,000 persons. The most common crime in Helena is property crime.

The Helena Police Department is also located on Highway 52 East, and the Chief of Police is Pete Folmar.

Helena Police Department
816 Hwy 52E
Helena, AL 35080

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is located in Columbiana, and the sheriff is John Samaniego. Divisions within the sheriff’s office include patrol, criminal investigations, corrections, administration, narcotics, and specialty units.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
380 McDow Road
Columbiana, AL 35051

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page

John Samaniego, Sheriff

The Corrections Division is headed by Captain Jay Fondren and is located on the premises with the sheriff’s office. This facility has 500 beds and employs 65 correction officers. Inmates are allowed one visit per week, via video visits. Appointments for visits must be made via the website http://jailvisitor.com/. Visitation appointments are available for Tuesday – Thursday, from 7:20 pm to 9:35 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am to 11:25 am, and Sunday from 8:00 am to 9:35 pm. All visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.

Shelby County Corrections
380 McDow Road
Columbiana, AL 35051

Shelby County’s Most Wanted can be viewed online.

One of the other police departments is the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Birmingham, where Mike Hale 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

Mike Hale

Cleveland Moore, Deputy Chief of Corrections

Helena, Alabama – Open Records Requests

Open Records Requests must be submitted through the City Clerk, who is responsible for ensuring that accurate records are maintained. Amanda Traywick is the City Clerk.

Amanda Traywick, City Clerk
816 Hwy 52E
Helena, AL 35080
205-663-2161 ext 611

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