Chief Roper: Prayer walks help the crime rate

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police continue their prayer walks in downtown Birmingham. The first prayer walk of 2010 kicked off Saturday in downtown.

Police Chief A.C. Roper has spearheaded the prayer walks. Chief Roper says overall crime dropped 10 percent last year in Birmingham and he says prayer helped.

For the first time, participants prayed for city government too. "It's a time of change for the city with things going on in the government," says Roper.

The city held nine prayer walks in 2009 and Roper plans to have several more this year.

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