Lieutenant David Rockett is currently serving as the Commander of the BPD Internal Affairs Division, a position he had held since October 2018. The Internal Affairs Division consists of seven investigators and three administrative assistants. The Internal Affairs Division works directly for the Chief of Police and is tasked with investigating all allegations of misconduct and impropriety brought against members of the Birmingham Police Department. Internal Affairs 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. Internal Affairs annually compiles a list of Citizen Complaints, Investigations originating from inside the Department, Excessive Force Complaints, Racial Profiling Complaints, Workplace Harassment Complaints, Grievance data, Officer/Citizen Interaction data, and an Analysis of Force Used.
Lieutenant Rockett has over 24 years of law enforcement experience. He started his career with the Birmingham Police Department in 1994. Lieutenant Rockett trained at West Precinct and then worked as a Patrol Officer at East Precinct for six years. In 2001, Lieutenant Rockett was assigned to the Crime Scene Unit where he documented crimes scenes and collected evidence on all types of major crimes. Lieutenant Rockett was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2009 and assigned to work the West Precinct, then later East Precinct, as a patrol supervisor. In 2013, Lieutenant Rockett was moved to Internal Affairs as a sergeant investigator. After two years in Internal Affairs, Lieutenant Rockett was promoted to his current rank and assigned as the Commander of the Evening Shift at South Precinct. In February, 2018, Lieutenant Rockett went back to Internal Affairs as the deputy commander where he worked in that capacity for eight months before transitioning into the commander role.
Lieutenant Rockett has a Bachelor of Arts (Pre-Law Criminal Justice) from Auburn University. He earned the Academic Award for the Birmingham Police Academy Class 72-104. Lieutenant Rockett has attended many law enforcement training courses to include the Evidence Technician Course, FBI Firearms Instructor Course, Firearms Serial Number Restoration Course, and Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator. He has attended the following courses at the Institute of Police Technology and Management: Bloodstain Interpretation, Police Internal Affairs, and Investigative Interview Techniques for Internal Affairs Officers. Lieutenant Rockett holds leadership certificates from the Jefferson County Personnel Board in Professional Development, Leading People, and Managing Processes. In 2018, he completed the leadership course Managers Preparing to Affect Change Today (MPACT). He is currently enrolled in Civil Servant Leadership, the final leadership course necessary to be recognized as a 360 Degree Leader.
Lieutenant Rockett retired from the United States Army Reserve in 2013 as a Major. During his military career, he served in the Mississippi Army National Guard for 13 years and was deployed to Iraq in 2005. He returned home in 2006 and transferred to the Army Reserve where he helped train brigade and battalion level staffs. Lieutenant Rockett is a graduate of the United States Army Airborne School, Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Simulations Officer (57A) Course. He has numerous military awards and decorations, to include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with Silver Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass, “M” and “3” devices, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold).
Lieutenant Rockett is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He has been married to his wife Angela for 27 years. They have three children and a daughter-in-law, and attend Westwood Baptist Church.