Summerdale Police Department

Phone Numbers:
911 Dispatch, Police Assistance

Administration, Reports


Sex Offender Lookup

Vacation Home Check

Traffic Enforcement Request

Mission Statement

The Summerdale Police Department is committed to the Community. Our goal is to provide the best police service for our citizens.

The Summerdale Police Department has implemented major upgrades in technology, policy and procedures in recent years. This implementation is to provide the citizens of Summerdale the best police service. The Summerdale police believe in treating citizens like neighbors, with respect. Police work is a rewarding career, however it is not always glamourous.

The philosophy taken: Treat people the way you want to be treated.

The Town of Summerdale offers different services for the community:

  • The Yellow-Dot Safety Program is for all citizens within the Town of Summerdale to promote safety and instant notification of next of kin in case of an emergency.
  • Firearms safety program
  • Refuse to be a victim class
  • Facebook
  • Group emails – information

To get a full list of events call 251-989-7777

Police Department History

The Town of Summerdale was incorporated in 1929. The title of Marshall was used for head of the police department and was only appointed during shipping season. At that time, the railroad ran through town and was used to ship in seed potatoes and agricultural supplies and ship out the harvest of irish potatoes and grain crops. Since incorporation, the police department has grown from one man during shipping season to a department staffed by six sworn officers, one part time sworn officer, and one civilian employee. A reserve program of three reserve officers provides additional support.

The timeline for the police department is as follows:

1928 – 1942
T. P. Lambert
Town Marshall
1943 – 1948
Ed Grubbs
Town Marshall
1949 – 1951
Mr. Davison
Town Marshall
W. P. Suell
Town Marshall
1953 – 1954
Clif Clopton
Town Marshall – Part Time
1954 – 1955
Mr. Carter
First Full Time Officer
1955 – 1959
Roy Hathcock
Part Time Marshall
1959 – 1960
K. Snyder
Town Marshall
2023-Present Michael Gaull Police Chief

Police Department FAQ

1. What is the speed limit on county roads?
Any county-maintained paved road in an unincorporated area of the state has a speed limit of 45 miles per hour unless a different maximum speed is established under authority granted.  If a different maximum speed is granted that speed will be posted.
2. What is Summerdale’s dog complaint ordinance?
Under #152-96, Section 3-3, Running at Large, “No person owning or having charge or custody of any dog shall permit the same to go at large nor shall such dog be permitted upon the streets or public ways. Every person owning or having charge or custody of any dog shall at all times keep such dog confined to the premises of such owner or keeper and shall keep such premises in a clean and sanitary manner to meet the approval of the town, county, and state health departments. Nothing in this section shall prevent the owner of any dog, or other person having such dog in his charge or custody, from allowing such dog to accompany such owner or other person,elsewhere than on the premises on which such dog is regularly kept,provided such dog is on leash or under complete and effective control. Section 3-4, Impounding of Dogs Running at Large, “Any dog allowed to run at large (not being on a leash or subject to full control by owner or keeper) may be taken up and delivered to the Baldwin County Animal Shelter Section 1-7, (a), Noise, It shall be unlawful for the owner or other person in charge of any dog to suffer or permit the loud and frequent or continued barking, howling, or yelping of such dog, as to annoy and disturb any person or neighborhood.  (b), No person shall keep any other animal or fowl which shall disturb the comfort or rest of any person in the vicinity with frequent or long-continued noises. This ordinance also covers other animals that: Section 2-1, (a), Prohibited, “It shall be unlawful for any hog, sheep, goat, bull, horse, calf, cow or other domestic animal, exclusive of cats, of like kind to run at large. (b), It shall be unlawful for any person to allow any fowl, chickens, guineas, turkeys, homing pigeons, rea, ostrich, or peacocks to run at large. For more on this ordinance, contact Town Hall at (251) 989-6202 or the Police Department at (251) 989-7777.
3. What is Summerdale’s Junk Car Ordinance?
It shall be unlawful to keep, store, deposit, or place in the open, public or private property a dismantled, unserviceable, junked, or abandoned vehicle.  If an officer puts an orange sticker on an out of compliance vehicle, the vehicle will need to be moved within 30 days or owner will be summonsed to court and could be fined. For more on this ordinance, contact Town Hall at (251) 989-6202 or the Police Department at (251) 989-7777.
4. What is Summerdale’s Tall Grass or Weeds Ordinance?
Section 2, “Every person owning or having in charge any premises in the City of Summerdale, or its police jurisdiction, shall keep the same free of any growth of weeds favorable to the harboring of mosquitoes or other insects of like kind, and every such growth of weeds is hereby declared to be a nuisance. Section 3, Any growth of weeds more than one foot in height shall be deemed favorable to the harboring of mosquitoes or insects of like kind. For more on this ordinance, contact Town Hall at (251) 989-6202 or the Police Department at (251) 989-7777.

Summerdale Police Jurisdiction Map

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