Lieutenant Roberta Payne has served as the day shift Commander of South Precinct since 2015. The Commander of the shift consists with the day to day operations of the needs of the citizens of the city of Birmingham who live and work in the districts of the South Precinct. There are currently four (4) sergeants, 26 patrol officers and a crime prevention officer that falls under my supervision.
Lieutenant Payne along with her supervisors are tasked with studying the crime patterns in their districts and come up with crime plan to reduce the crimes that are reported. In addition to being the Commander of A shift at South Precinct, she is also the Inside Commander of Legion Field Stadium. These duties required working with the staff of the stadium to work on an evacuation plan of the stadium and security staffing during all events held at Legion Field.
Lieutenant Payne was born and raised in the City of Birmingham, Alabama. She has over 31 years with the Birmingham Police Department. During her career with the Department, she served as a Patrol Officer at South Precinct for 9 years, Burglary Detective for a year. She received the promotion of Sergeant in April 1998 where she went on to work as an investigator in Internal Affairs until her promotion to Lieutenant in July 2011. Since then she has served in the capacity of Lieutenant at North Precinct for 2 years, Records Division for 4 years and currently South Precinct. Lieutenant Payne is a state licensed polygraphist with the State of Alabama.
Lieutenant Payne is a member of Mount Ararat Missionary Baptist Church, where she has been a faithful member for 48 years. She is currently a member of: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC., Alabama Polygraph Association. She is the mother of a daughter and twin boys.