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Birmingham police connect with community

Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper speaks with a resident during Operation Rescue today. Source: Vincent Parker Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper speaks with a resident during Operation Rescue today. Source: Vincent Parker
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

It's not something you would expect to see Birmingham's police chief doing everyday: walking the streets.

But Chief A.C. Roper and about 75 other officers were out pounding the pavement in Eastlake this afternoon not to serve arrest warrants, but to serve notice they're here to help.

Chief Roper believes in community policing. When he first took over as chief, he started a new policy that requires patrol officers to spend time out of their cars and walking around every shift. He says the benefit to shaking this many hands and walking this many blocks lasts more than just one day.

"I believe when the officer gets out of the vehicle and walk and talk to people, it has a residual effect. So I believe this will positively impact us even beyond today. Because people can walk away knowing ‘Hey, this police department cares about us.' They're in my neighborhood, maybe I'll call when I see that suspicious vehicle, or I'll call when I need assistance where in times past, they might not have," Chief Roper said.

"Operation Rescue" is part of the police department's plan to have these community walk-throughs and shows of force at least once a month this year.

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