Community Services

Mission statement

To enhance the relationships between citizens and law enforcement throughout the City of Birmingham, Alabama by engaging in various interactive community service initiatives.

Vision Statement

The Birmingham Police Department in conjunction with the Support Services Bureau envisions a community that is free from the fear of victimization, where our citizens and visitors trust, believe and have confidence that our police force will provide the highest level of professional services through “ethics, effort, and excellence”.

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Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) Program Overview

The Birmingham Police Department’s Volunteers in Police Service Program is designed to provide citizens who wish to volunteer their time and skills an opportunity to carry out some administrative and hands-on tasks, allowing sworn and non-sworn personnel to focus on more critical matters.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Administrative Support
  • Internship Program
  • Chaplain Program
  • Hall Monitor Program
  • City Jail Ministries
  • Translation Services
  • Special Events
  • Mounted Patrol
  • Citizens on Patrol (COP)
  • Citizens Police Academy

Requirements

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Applicants must consent to an initial criminal background check.
  • Applicants cannot have any felony convictions, pending cases or any criminal activity
  • in the past 8 years.
  • Applicants cannot be on probation.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply

Applications are available at the Community Service Division, City Jail, and Police Academy. Submit a complete and notarized original application to via U.S. Mail or personal delivery to the Community Service Division.

VIPS Application (click on link)

Why Volunteer?

  • Partner with your local law enforcement and invest in your community’s safety
  • Network within the law enforcement community
  • Learn new job skills
  • Utilize the City’s fitness centers
  • Increase and/or maintain your knowledge and skills

Internship Program

The Birmingham Police Department’s Volunteer Internship Program is a rewarding experience that offers hands-on assignments. Students also rotate between various units in the department and participate in a ride-along program.

Why Volunteer?

  • Partner with your local law enforcement and transcend classroom theories
  • Network within the law enforcement community
  • Learn job skills
  • Earn credit hours

Requirements

  • Interns are selected by the school they attend.
  • Applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis.
  • A maximum of 25 interns will be allowed each semester.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen
  • Applicants must consent to a criminal background check each school semester
  • Applicants cannot have any felony convictions or pending cases
  • Applicants cannot be on probation
  • Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

How to Apply

Applications are available at the Community Service Division, City Jail, and Police Academy. Submit a complete and notarized original application, résumé, unofficial transcript and a letter on letterhead from your professor specifying the total hours needed and any additional stipulations, to the Community Service Division. The application deadline for each year is as follows: spring semester (January 31st), summer semester (April 30th), and fall semester (August 31st). Students who operate on a quarterly semester should apply at least 21 days prior to class commencement.

Internship Brochure (click on link)

Chaplain Corps

The mission of the Chaplain Corps is to bring solace and comfort through spiritual guidance from ecclesiastical diversity. Our vision is to develop and sustain a professional Chaplain Corps that is a model program, and readily fulfills the needs of our personnel and citizens of Birmingham, Alabama.

Our core values are:

  • Excellence in service
  • Upholding the highest standard in morality and spiritual integrity
  • Providing spiritual leadership and support to the department
  • Strict counseling confidentiality
  • Ecclesiastical and ethnical diversity

School Resource Officers

The Birmingham Police Department’s School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) program began in 1990 with only four (4) officers and has grown to nineteen (19) officers. These uniformed S.R.O.s are assigned to all city high schools. The S.R.O. program serves the community in a proactive capacity of law enforcement in the educational environment, in addition to their routine duties as police officers. The officers not only patrol the inside and outside of the schools, but also serve as Mentors, counselors and lecturers in the classrooms. They escort their school on school sanctioned outings including football and basketball games.  The S.R.O.s promotes self-respect and discipline amongst the students. They teach students about their civic duties, responsibilities and encourage students to obtain a quality education.

Explorers Program

The Explorers is a community based policing program that is a partnership through the Birmingham Police Department and Boy Scouts of America. The purpose is to introduce young adult males and females between the ages of 14 – 20 to law enforcement education and training. The Explorers participate in different community activities and police related functions. The Explorers Program provides an opportunity for young people to learn more about how our department functions and study careers in law enforcement in a volunteer service capacity. This objective is reached through “hands-on” training and activities. There are currently approximately 33,000 Explorers nationwide. The Birmingham Police Explorers Post 12 meets on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. Please contact the Birmingham Police Department Youth Services Unit at (205) 324-9133 for more information or to register.

Application (click on link)

Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T) Program

The Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program was created by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) whose goal was to implement an anti-violence and gang resistance program for Middle and Elementary School students. Officers enter the classrooms to educate students on alternatives to joining gangs and participating in violent acts. The G.R.E.A.T. officers work in conjunction with Camp Birmingham to provide the G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program. G.R.E.A.T. is offered on an ongoing basis upon request through community schools, churches, and local organizations. This is accomplished by teaching 12 lessons, which consist of Peer Pressure, Bullying, Making the Right Choice, etc.

Police Athletics Teams (P.A.T)

The Birmingham Police Athletic Teams (P.A.T.) program was formed by City and community leaders in 1970. This program is one of the most effective youth programs in the nation. This program has been acknowledged on the U. S. Senate floor as one of the top five youth programs in America, producing one of the largest numbers of professional ball players in the United States. Police Officers serve as coordinators for this program. The officers are responsible for supervising the program and recruiting volunteer community coaches to coach the youth. The number of participants increases each year. The P.A.T. program continues to be one of the best in the country. The players’ ages range from 4 years of age to 16 years of age.

P.A.T Participant Packet

Senior Employment Training Program

Provides employment and training assistance to adults age 55 or older who are actively seeking employment. Participants are placed in a temporary training position at a host agency (nonprofit or public agency) for 20 hours per week and are paid minimum wage. Participants help community organizations extend their reach & capabilities, while developing their own job skills and self-confidence.

Requirements

  • Must live in Jefferson County
  • Cannot be currently employed or you must have a fixed income
  • Must have a career goal

How to Apply

Contact Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizens Services at (205) 325-1416

Community Relations Assistants (CPOs)

The mission of the Crime Prevention Officers is to assist law enforcement personnel to improve community relations, increase public awareness of crime, and educate the public on crime prevention and reporting techniques. They also conduct oral and visual presentations to citizens and business owners concerning crime prevention and police community relations. The Crime Prevention Officers work diligently with their precinct Commander to combat crime, by informing citizens of specific problems while offering solutions.

Contact Us

North Precinct
2600 31st Ave. North
Birmingham, AL 35207
(205) 254-2860

South Precinct
1320 19th St. South
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 254-2793

East Precinct
600 Red Lane Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35206
(205) 254-2685

West Precinct
2236 47th Street Ensley
Birmingham, AL 35208
(205) 254-2682

Community Service Officers (CSOs)

The mission of the Community Service Officers (CSOs) is to provide crisis intervention social services through direct service, referral and consultation. Their objective is to stabilize a crisis, attempt to prevent further crises, and enhance their client’s well-being. They network and maintain professional relationships with relative community resources and strive to provide exemplary crisis intervention services.

Contact Us

North Precinct
2600 31st Ave. North
Birmingham, AL 35207
(205) 254-2860

South Precinct
1320 19th St. South
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 254-2793

East Precinct
600 Red Lane Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35206
(205) 254-2685

West Precinct
2236 47th Street Ensley
Birmingham, AL 35208
(205) 254-2682

Community Policing and Revitalization Division (CPR)

The mission of the Community Policing and Revitalization Division (formerly Weed and Seed) is to reduce violent and drug-related crime in designated high-crime communities ensuring conditions conducive to bringing people together to develop sustainable solutions for building safer communities through crime prevention, investment of resources and neighborhood revitalization.

Contact Us

600 Red Lane Road
Birmingham, Al 35206

(205) 297-8016 — CPR Office
(205) 297-8100 — CPR Policing Office
(205) 836-3597 — CPR Fax number

Citizens on Patrol (COP) Volunteer Program

The Citizens on Patrol Volunteer Program is designed to provide a means for citizens to organize into patrol groups for the purpose of reducing crime in their community. The value of police and citizen cooperation is well illustrated by the success of Citizens on Patrol programs nationwide.

Requirements

  • Graduate of the Birmingham Citizen’s Police Academy
  • Successfully complete advanced Citizen’s on Patrol training
  • Be at least 25 years of age
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Possess a valid Alabama driver’s license
  • No felony convictions

How to Apply

Submit a complete application to the CPR Coordinator.

COP Application (click on link)

COP Flyer (click on link)

Citizens Police Academy (CPA) Volunteer Program

The concept of the Citizen Police Academy was developed in 1977, by the Devon and Cornwall, England Constabulary. Its purpose was to familiarize private citizens with the nature of police work.

The idea came about when citizens told their local police agencies that they were anxious to learn about how their police department operated. Once the agency decided to explore the possibility, it became apparent that even the most affluent and well disposed members of the public were almost totally ignorant of the features of police work.

The people who attended the academy came from every walk of life, and they quickly developed an eagerness to learn and participate. The academy also built a bridge between the community and law enforcement.
The first law enforcement agency in the United States to adopt the program was the Orlando (Florida) Police Department. In 1985, Orlando began what would become a national model. Since then, many major cities in the United States have established them. The Office of Community Policing and Revitalization (formerly Weed and Seed) began its Citizens’ Police Academy in the mid 1990’s. Currently, there is only one academy class per year. Law enforcement has always strived to improve the public’s perception of police, and to increase the understanding that the community has for our practices and procedures.

The Office of Community Policing and Revitalization in collaboration with the Birmingham Police Department sponsors the Citizen’s Police Academy. The Office of Community Policing and Revitalization programs encourage residents to work with law enforcement agencies to deter crime, identify resources and restore the community. The Birmingham Citizen’s Police Academy is an important program that continues the expansion of our community based efforts.

Classes are taught at the Birmingham Police Academy and facilities throughout the city. The Birmingham Citizen’s Police Academy offers police the opportunity to show the public the police training process, advanced training requirements, operational procedures, tactics, and efforts to provide professional law enforcement.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is part of an ongoing effort to promote a cohesive partnership between the Birmingham Police Department and the community it serves.

Requirements

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must either live or work in the City of Birmingham
  • Applicants will undergo a background check
  • No felony convictions

How to Apply

Submit a complete application to the CPR Coordinator.

CPA Application (click on link)

CPA Brochure (click on link)