Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Bail Someone Out of Jail?

There are three ways to make bail for someone in the city jail.

  1. Cash Bond. You may bring the bond amount in cash, certified check or money order to the magistrate’s office during regular business hours or to the front desk of the police department after regular business hours.
  2. Property bond. A property owner in Morgan County can bring an official copy of their deed to the magistrate’s office during regular business hours or to the front desk of the police department after regular business hours and use the property as collateral for the bond amount. The owner of the property listed on the deed must be present and present a valid identification card to use this method.
  3. Bonding company. A bonding company can be used to post bond for someone. There are several bonding companies authorized to make a bond with the city jail and they can be located in the phone book. The fee charged by a bonding company is typically a percentage of the cash bond amount and must be paid before the subject is bonded out of jail.

My vehicle was towed because I don’t have a driver’s license. How do I get it out of impound?

Click here for release procedures.

Where do I pick up a police report?

In the Police Records Department located in the basement of city hall. Call (256) 341-4618 between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm for more assistance.

How Much Does It Cost to Get My Police Report?

All police reports cost $5.00 per copy. This includes vehicle crash reports, incident/offense reports and criminal background checks.

I am Installing a Home Security System. Am I Required to Register It with The City?

Yes. All alarms installed after April 2000 must be registered with the police department.

How much does it cost to register my alarm system?

There is a one time application fee of $25 that must be paid when the application is processed.

When is jail visitation?

Visitation is held every Sunday from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. View the rules.

How Do I Apply to Become A Police Officer?

You must pick up an application for police officer in the personnel dept. on the second floor of the Decatur City Hall. If you live out of town you may call the personnel dept. and request that an application be mailed to you. Once you have completed your application and submitted it to the personnel dept. it remains active and on file for one year. When an opening becomes available you will be contacted and advised of the next step in the selection process.

How Do I Apply To Become A Corrections Officer?

You must pick up an application for corrections officer in the personnel dept. on the second floor of the Decatur City Hall. If you live out of town you may call the personnel dept. and request that an application be mailed to you. Once you have completed your application and submitted it to the personnel dept. it remains active and on file for one year. When an opening becomes available you will be contacted and advised of the next step in the selection process.

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