Captain David Rockett began his career with the Birmingham Police Department in 1994 and has over 27 years of law enforcement experience. He earned the Academic Excellence Award for Birmingham Police Academy Class #72-104. Captain Rockett has served as a Patrol Officer in East and West Precincts, Evidence Technician in the Crime Scene Unit, District Patrol Sergeant in both East and West Precincts, Investigator in Internal Affairs, and Shift Commander in South Precinct. He is currently serving as the Commander of the Internal Affairs Division. He is tasked with investigating all allegations of misconduct and impropriety brought against members of the Birmingham Police Department. He also has administrative oversight of all reported Uses-of-Force, vehicle pursuits, vehicle accidents, disciplinary hearings, administrative punishment administered and the review of all officer-involved shootings.
Captain Rockett earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Auburn University. He has attended numerous law enforcement courses to include: the Evidence Technician Course, FBI Firearms Instructor Course, Firearms Serial Number Restoration Course, Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator, the Institute of Police Technology and Management: Bloodstain Interpretation, Police Internal Affairs and Investigative Interview Techniques for Internal Affairs Investigators. Captain Rockett holds leadership certificates from the Jefferson County Personnel Board in Professional Development, Leading People, Managing Processes and Civil Servant Leadership. He has also completed the leadership course Managers Preparing to Affect Change Today (MPACT). In 2019, Captain Rockett was recognized as a 360 Degree Leader and given the distinction of being the Student Speaker at the 17th annual Personnel Board Training Graduation Ceremony.
Captain Rockett is a native of Birmingham. He retired from the United States Army Reserve in 2013 at the rank of Major. During his military career, he served in the Mississippi Army National Guard for 13 years and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III in 2005. In 2006, he transferred to the Army Reserve to train brigade and battalion level staff officers for overseas deployment. Captain Rockett is a graduate of the United States Army Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Simulations Officer (57A) Course, and Airborne School. He has numerous military awards and decorations to include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge and the Basic Parachutist Badge.
Captain Rockett is married with three children.