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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Operational Changes Due to COVID 19

*****UPDATE 4/7/2020*****
We are receiving a large amount of calls with questions regarding Governor Kay Ivey’s "Stay At Home" order. A link to the full text of the order can be found below, which was placed into effect on April 4, 2020. As a note, any orders made after this date will supersede this order. 

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Press Release: April 3, 2020

With the COVID-19 outbreak, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is concerned about the safety, health, and well-being of our citizens and staff who, along with other public safety and healthcare counterparts, are on the front lines of this pandemic. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office recognizes that interacting with the community is vital to our community policing effort. Engaging our community continues to be an essential factor to maintaining the strong relationship with our citizens. However, in the midst of the COVID-19, we will be taking precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Social distancing is both necessary and appropriate to protect members of our community and staff. Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, our front lobby will be closed and some services will be modified to ensure we are promoting these guidelines designed to prevent the spread of this virus. This closure will include the substation located on Hwy 280 and in Chelsea. To safely continue serving our community, the following changes will be implemented:

-We will only accept pistol permit applications through the mail. To view the application and print it for mail in, click here: Mail your completed application with payment (Check or Money Order) to the address at the bottom of the application.

-Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego has extended the renewal date for pistol permits which expire after April 1, 2020, until June 1, 2020. Renewal reminders will be mailed to you with instructions on how to renew by mail, approximately 2 weeks before your expiration date.

-To obtain a copy of an Incident Report or an Accident Report, call our Records Department at 205-669-3854 or email at

-The Shelby County Jail will continue offering scheduled video visitation with inmates. However, Jail staff are taking additional precautions to provide for social distancing and to allow time for staff to sanitize video visitation equipment.

-For bonding or inmate release information, please call the Shelby County Jail at 205-669-3938.

Property Release will be done through appointment only by calling 205-670-6012.

Sheriff John Samaniego stated, “I want to ensure the citizens of Shelby County that we are focused on providing everyone with the highest level of service during these trying times. Our deputies will be maintaining their normal patrols across the county and will be responding to all calls for service. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.”

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