BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police have increased patrols in the city's West End community.
More than 50 uniformed officers are in the area in an effort to reduce crime and strengthen community partnerships, according to Lt. Sean Edwards.
The officers will be focusing on spots that have seen an increase in crime.
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper spoke to media about how the increased patrols are also a way to create community relationships and counteract negative feelings after officer-involved shootings this year.
"What we often say is, there's a large group of people who really appreciate what our police officers do every day," Roper said.
The chief says the officers will be walking the neighborhoods to make sure everyone sees them and they'll also be able to make community contacts.