20 County deputies to be transferred to Birmingham police department

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Some Jefferson County sheriff's deputies will be transferred to the Birmingham Police department instead of being put on unpaid leave.

The 20 deputies were among the 46 slated to be put on leave because of the county's budget problems. Sheriff Mike Hale, Mayor Larry Langford and Chief A.C. Roper discussed the transfer this morning.

During an afternoon news conference Sheriff Hale says the transfers were hard to do but necessary to ensure the deputies will get a paycheck.

Mayor Langford says the transfers should save Birmingham some money because the deputies will not have to go through academy training.