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Community Policing

School Liaison Officer
The Birmingham Police Department assigns a sergeant in the Investigative Division to the position of School Liaison Officer. The sergeant in this position is responsible for:

  • Traffic Safety - Prepares and presents programs on bicycle and pedestrian safety, seat belt laws, and school safety to classrooms and assemblies.
  • Counseling - Confers with troubled students, conducts family conferences on issues of police concern, meets with students, teachers, parents, and community groups regarding prevention strategies.
  • Education - Speaks to community, church, and school groups on issues related to juvenile crimes. Conducts presentations on personal safety, and stranger awareness. Speaks to students about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Facilitates communications between schools, community groups, and the police department.
  • Investigations - Conducts criminal investigations of juvenile related crimes and incidents occurring on school grounds. Coordinates with various social agencies in the area to further juvenile empowerment. Investigates child neglect and abuse cases. Provides security for athletic events.
  • Community Organizations - Maintains relationships with Birmingham Community Coalition, Birmingham-Bloomfield Youth Assistance, Birmingham-Bloomfield Families in Action, HAVEN, Common Ground, and Safety Town.

Sergeant Kate Long is currently assigned as Juvenile Officer. If you would like to speak to her about juvenile matters, contact her at 248.530.1771

Police Auxiliary
The Auxiliary Police Unit is comprised of dedicated volunteers who either live or work in the City of Birmingham. Auxiliary officers receive 120 hours of instruction at the Oakland Police Academy Reserve Officer Training Program prior to appointment.

Auxiliary Police Officers assist regular Officers during many special events held throughout the year and act as back up to the regular Officers on patrol. Members of the Auxiliary Police are perhaps most visible in providing crowd and traffic control and security for high school sporting events.

Please note that the Police Department is not currently accepting new applications for Auxiliary Police Officers. Please contact Patrol Commander Scott Grewe at 248.530.1867 for more information about this program.

Speaking Engagements
The Department welcomes the opportunity to meet with community organizations, church groups, students, and parent teacher associations regarding subjects related to police operations.

We have presented programs on the following subjects:

  • Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Enforcement and Prevention
  • Personal Safety
  • Residential and Business Security
  • Traffic Safety
  • Driver's Education
  • Senior Citizen Safety
  • Crimes Against Seniors
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Forgery and Bad Check Awareness
  • Stranger Awareness
  • Child Safety
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Neglect and Abuse Awareness

For information on these or topics, please contact Deputy Chief Mark Clemence, at 248.530.1875.