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Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl, who was raped and killed by a known child molester who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kankas sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. Now, Alabama's Megan's Law arms the public with certain information on the whereabouts of dangerous sex offenders so that local communities may protect themselves and their children. The law also authorizes local law enforcement to notify the public about high-risk and serious sex offenders who reside in, are employed in, or frequent the community. The law is not intended to punish the offender and specifically prohibits using the information to harass or commit any crime against the offender. It recognizes that public safety is best served when registered sex offenders are not concealing their location to avoid harassment. View sex offender information online.
The Neighborhood Watch Program enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the Madison Police Department to reduce crime within our neighborhoods. Each Neighborhood Watch elects a Block Captain who coordinates information in their neighborhood and acts as a liaison with the Police Department. The Neighborhood Watch Program encourages neighbors to get to know each other and to protect themselves from criminal activity. To start a Neighborhood Watch Program in your neighborhood or to obtain more information, please contact the Madison Police Department at (256) 722-5658.
To hire an off-duty Police Officer, you can contact the Patrol Division Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at (256) 772-2567. The following requirements must be met:
Your request must be approved by the Chief of Police and the Mayor.
To find out when our next RAD class is scheduled to be held, or to get more information about RAD, please call (256) 772-5658.
The Madison Police Department's Citizen Academy will provide participants with a behind-the-scenes look at the Madison Police Department. The Program offers a balance of lecture and hands-on activities designed to teach basic policing techniques. For more information, please call (256) 772-5658.
To find out if you need a Special Event Permit, or to get information on how to apply for one, please call (256) 772-2567.
The City has established a burglar alarm licensing and false alarm reduction program. Fines are levied for repeat false alarms. For further information, please call (256) 772-5694.