Lieutenant Timothy Bell is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and a 1986 graduate of Huffman High School. He retired from the US Army in 2007, as a First Sergeant (1SG), and began his law enforcement career with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Bell transferred to the Birmingham Police Department in 2009, and has served as a Patrol Officer in West Precinct, School Resource Officer in the Community Service Division, District and High Intensity Community Oriented Patrol Program (HICOPP) Sergeant in North Precinct and an Internal Affairs Division Investigator. He is currently the Assistant Commander of the Internal Affairs Division.
Lieutenant Bell’s law enforcement training certifications include Management and Supervision for Law Enforcement, Personnel Board of Jefferson County Supervisor’s Certificate, Internal Affairs Investigator’s Course, Body Worn Camera Video Analysis for IA Investigators, Kinesics Interview and Interrogations Course (Level I & II), Basic Narcotics Investigations Course, Basic Gang Course and the School Resource Officer Basic Course.
Lieutenant Bell earned a Master of Science in Management (Criminal Justice Administration) from Oakland City University, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Columbia College of Missouri and an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Central Texas College. During his 21 years active duty military career, Lieutenant Bell completed three combat tours (Operation Restore Hope – Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993, Operation Iraqi Freedom I in 2003, and Operation Iraqi Freedom III in 2005) and was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Lieutenant Bell is a proud member of Council Lodge #778 (PHA), the Society of the 3rd Infantry Division, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1.