Birmingham police officers show skills at competition

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The goal of the Birmingham Police Department is to protect and serve.  But for 30 officers, Wednesday and Thursday were about gaining bragging rights.

Those officers participated in the department's inaugural "Top Cop" Competition.

The event was created to honor those officers killed in the line of duty.

Contestants demonstrated their skills in marksmanship, physical endurance, and more. All was for a chance at earning top honors.  "And it's not just driving or firearms, it's the total package," said Sgt. Jeffrey Sartain, who helped develop the course.  "And that's what we've done is incorporate all they use in an eight hour shift and test it, push it to their limit and see how far they can go with it.  "There were two categories.

Officer John Massey from the department's tactical unit won in the 35 and over category.

Officer Terry Davis from the south precinct won in the 34 and under division.

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