Roper and Hale contemplating metro jail idea

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Police's Chief Roper and Jefferson County's Sheriff Hale are discussing the possibility of a metro jail.

Roper and Hale announced Tuesday a proposal to bring together the two largest law enforcement agencies in the area to streamline jail services.

The sheriff says it's the best way to get the most use out of all the jails in the county.

Chief Roper says that criminals are working together and so should law enforcement agencies.

"Crime has no geographical boundaries," said Chief AC Roper. "We want to make sure that we are doing things we need to do to strengthen our partnership so we can provide better service to citizens in area."

"We have four hundred vacant beds in Bessemer, we will see if there's a possibility to fill up those beds also save city some money," said Sheriff Mike Hale.

Proponents say it could save the city and county millions of dollars a year.

The details of how the metro jail would operate are unknown right now.

Chief Roper and Sheriff Hale will be discussing this to see if the partnership will work.