Police Department

Mission Statement

To sponsor the safety and security of all people in our City by providing responsive and professional police services with compassion and concern.

About Us

The Arab Police Department is a progressively active police department involved in public service, the prevention of crime, and Community Policing.  We are comprised of 28 APOST Certified Officers, meaning they all have completed the Alabama  

Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOST) training. We also have 12 non-certified support staff, including Dispatchers, a Jail Warden, Jailers, Secretaries, and an Animal Control Officer  

The Patrol Division is our largest division and these additional units or divisions reflect more specialized training; Crisis Response Unit, Narcotics Suppression Team, Digital Crime Lab, Patrol Division, Investigation Division, Warrant Division, D.A.R.E, School Resource Officers, Animal Control, Motor Carrier Division, Traffic Homicide Division, Administration Division, and an Aviation Unit.

Our Crisis Response Unit (CRU) was originally formed in early 1990. We have progressed to a Regional Unit that includes team members from the Guntersville Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. Our CRU trains monthly and must go above and beyond the normal training required by APOST. The Jack Banister Training Facility is

headquarters for a majority of Arab’s Officer training and CSU training.  It is also a regional training facility utilized by several other Law Enforcement Agencies.

The Narcotics Suppression Team and the Digital Crime Lab are staffed and operated by officers from within the Police Department who have received extensive training from Local, State and Federal entities.  Both are proactive in their respective duties to combat the use and sell of drugs, and to reduce online and digital criminal activity.

The Aviation Unit consists of an FAA* Certified UAV Pilot with extensive training and advanced certification, and two (2) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) consisting of advanced FLIR®** capabilities and payload capacities. These UAVs are used for Search and

Rescue, Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction, Event-security and Crowd-monitoring, Article Recovery, and Surveillance.  Aerial assistance is also provided for many other City projects because having a “birds-eye view” is extremely beneficial when marketing the City, and to economic and industrial growth and development endeavors. 

Our Officers and Staff at the Arab Police Department are committed to making the City of Arab and surrounding communities a safer place to live, work, shop, play, start a business, and raise a family.  We require completion of the very best Officer training, and we work tirelessly to provide the best service and protection possible for our citizens.

* FAA Federal Aviation Administration   

** FLIR®Forward-looking Infrared capabilities that include the use of a thermographic camera that senses infrared radiation.

Arab Police Department
740 North Main Street
Arab, Alabama 35016
Phone: (256) 586-7525
Fax: (256) 586-9808

Non-Emergency Line
Phone: (256) 586-8124


Shane Washburn: Chief of Police
Phone: (256) 586-7525

Dusty Vaughn: Assistant Chief of Police
Phone: (256) 586-7525

Tonya Nix: Executive Secretary Business Office
Phone: (256) 586-7525

Susan Varano: Records Clerk Records Division
Phone: (256) 586-7525

Arab City Hall

740 North Main Street
Arab, Alabama 35016

Monday - Friday

F: 256.586.9711

Mission Statement

The City of Arab has a mission to foster and sustain a living environment that cultivates progressive awareness and the acceptance of diverse cultural differences, while maintaining a wholesome family atmosphere.

The mission also includes an improved quality of life through economic growth and development, continuously seeking ways to increase revenues, and the ongoing expansion of local Infrastructure.