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Dothan Police Department
John Powell(Chief of Police)
210 N Saint Andrews St,
Dothan, AL, 36303
(334)615-3000

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The city of Dothan, also called "The Peanut Capital of the World or The Circle City or The Hub of the Wiregrass" encompasses the following counties: Houston, Dale, Henry.

Dothan encompasses land area: 86.6 sq mi (224.3 km2), water area: 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2). The elevation is 322 ft (98 m) above sea level. According to the 2010 United States Census, the local population is 65,496. This equates to a population density of 665.2/sq mi (284.93/km2). The local time zone is Central (CST) (UTC-6).

Local area codes are 334. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 01-21184, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at http://www.dothan.org/.

Dothan ( /ˈdoʊθən/) is a city located in the southeastern corner of the US state of Alabama, situated approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of the Georgia state line and 18 miles (29 km) north of Florida. It is the seat of Houston County, with portions extending into nearby Dale County and Henry County. Its name derives from Genesis 37:17: 'let us go to Dothan.' According to the 2010 census the city's population was 65,496, making it the largest town in this part of the state.

Dothan is the principal city of the Dothan Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Geneva, Henry, and Houston counties; the small portion that lies in Dale County is part of the Enterprise–Ozark Micropolitan Statistical Area. The combined population for the entire Dothan metropolitan area in 2000 was 137,916. The city serves as the main transportation and commercial hub for a significant part of southeastern Alabama, southwest Georgia, and nearby portions of the Florida Panhandle. Since approximately one-fourth of the U.S. peanut crop is produced nearby, with much of it being processed in the city, Dothan is called 'The Peanut Capital of the World.'

The area that is now Dothan was originally inhabited by members of the Alabama and Creek Native American tribes. Within the vast forests of pine that covered this region, a glade surrounded by poplar trees sheltered a large spring at the crossroads of two trails, where local Indians used to meet and camp. White settlers moving through the area during the late 18th and early 19th centuries named the spring 'Poplar Head,' but most felt that the sandy soil common to this region would be unsuitable for farming, so they moved on. A rude stockade was constructed on the Barber Plantation, where settlers could take refuge whenever they felt threatened. This fort disappeared by the 1840s, with the end of the Indian Wars in Alabama and the removal of the Native Americans further west.[citation needed]


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