Chief A. C. Roper
A.C. Roper is the Chief of the Birmingham Police Department and has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. His career began with the Montgomery Police Department in 1985. In 1988, he returned home to the Birmingham area when he was hired by the Hoover Police Department and promoted through the ranks culminating with his promotion to Assistant Chief of Police. In November 2007, Roper was appointed as Birmingham’s Chief of Police where he commands the largest municipal police department in the state. Roper has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Troy University and holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Chief Roper has over 32 years’ experience in the Army Reserve where he serves as a Major General. He has received specialized police management and leadership training from the prestigious FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. A strong proponent of community policing, Chief Roper believes the Birmingham Police Department must partner with the community it serves to improve neighborhood quality of life for long term policing success.