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Selma Police Department
William T Riley III(Chief of Police)
1300 Alabama Ave, PO Box 450
Selma, AL, 36702-0450
(334)874-2120
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The city of Selma, also called "Queen City of the Black Belt", "Butterfly Capital of Alabama" was incorporated in 1820 and encompasses the following counties: Dallas. Selma's government type is Mayor/City Council. It is comprised of the Mayor, who is currently George Patrick Evans.

Selma encompasses land area: 13.9 sq mi (35.9 km2), water area: 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2). The elevation is 125 ft (38 m) above sea level. This equates to a population density of 1,503.1/sq mi (548.4/km2). The local time zone is Central (CST) (UTC-6).

Zip codes in Selma include 36701-36703. Local area codes are 334. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 01-69120, 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.selma-al.gov/.

Selma is a city in and the county seat of Dallas County, in the blackbelt region of lower west Alabama. Located on the banks of the Alabama River, it has a population of 20,756 as of the 2010 census. The city is best known for the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement and the Selma to Montgomery marches that originated in the city.

Prior to settlement by European peoples, the area of present-day Selma had been inhabited for thousands of years by varying cultures of indigenous peoples. The Europeans encountered the historic Native American people known as the Muscogee (also known as the Creek), who had been in the area for hundreds of years.

French explorers and colonists were the first Europeans to explore this area. In 1732 they recorded the site of present-day Selma as Écor Bienville. Later European-Americans called it the Moore's Bluff settlement. Selma was incorporated in 1820. The city was planned and named as Selma by William R. King, a politician and planter from North Carolina who was a future Vice President of the United States. The name, meaning 'high seat' or 'throne', came from the Ossianic poem The Songs of Selma. Selma became the seat of Dallas County in 1866.


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