Media Release 67
Response to COVID-19
Following the recommendations from The Governor’s Office of Alabama, the Birmingham Police Department is taking precautionary measures in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (corona virus). The Birmingham Police Department’s purpose is to ensure the health and safety of our police officers, staff and community members.
BPD will continue to answer calls for service. There will be no changes to the response protocol nor crime fighting efforts. Officers are encouraged to wear personal protective equipment during interactions with the general public such as traffic stops, check points and radio calls for service. It is recommended, for non-emergency calls contact (205)328-9311 or a precinct. In the event of an emergency dial 911.
North Precinct (205)254-2860 East Precinct (205)254-2684
South Precinct (205)254-2793 West Precinct (205)254-2862
Most importantly, we are implementing several measures to protect all employees and the community we proudly serve. All BPD community events, presentations, and programs have been postponed. Internally, Birmingham Police Department Officers and staff are encouraged to implement social distancing measures. Patrol Officers will conduct all roll calls in the field and meetings will be held via conference calls. Also, there will be no authorized meetings inside of police facilities or community rooms until further notice. In this challenging times the Birmingham Police Department will remain tactical and technically proficient while protecting the health of the community members and our employees.
On March 24, 2020, the Shelter-in-Place Ordinance (Ordinance No. 20-48) took effect in the City of Birmingham until April 3, 2020. In relation to enforcement actions, the Birmingham Police Department will operate in an educational phase prior to enforcing the ordinance. Our overall goal is to provide information to gain voluntary compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic. BPD Officers will inform individuals that are not in compliance with (Ordinance No. 20-48) of the guidelines. Those who must leave their residence for essential purposes must practice social distancing. Those who visit our local parks for essential recreational purposes are asked to refrain from activities involving physical contact or the sharing items such as balls or Frisbees. If you are found non-compliant of the rules you will simply be asked to leave.
The Birmingham Police Department also encourages voluntary compliance from both essential and non-essential business owners. Business owners who fail to comply may be cited and fined up to $500.00 and/or up to thirty (30) days in jail. A report of noncompliance will be forwarded to the Birmingham City Council Safety Committee for review. Violations could result in the loss of the business license. It is important that we all work together to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Birmingham Police Department will continue our crime fighting efforts to reduce crime and provide the highest level of police services to the community members of Birmingham.
To view the City of Birmingham’s Shelter-in-Place Ordinance (Ordinance No. 20-48) please view the link below.
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