Langford: Let's loan $5 mil to the Sheriff's Dept.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford said Tuesday he is willing to help out the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department if the department loses its court fight to stop budget cuts.

Langford told FOX6 News reporter Ashley Nix he would ask city councilors to loan the county $5 million to be used only to fund the sheriff's department.  Langford says if 150 deputies are cut, it will affect not only the county, but also the city, at a time when crime numbers are down by double digits.

"We can't live in a city where public safety is threatened," Langford said. "We talk about regionalism... let's start by helping our brothers and sisters across the park."

Sheriff Mike Hale told FOX6 News he met with Langford on Tuesday morning. Hale said he appreciates the offer, but was not sure how the loan would work.

Police Chief A.C. Roper said it will definitely hurt the city if prisoners are let go and if deputies are cut.

FOX6 News spoke to several councilors after Langford's proposal, and all said they would not be willing to give money to the county.