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Birmingham Police Department

Police Department EntranceThe Birmingham Police Department prides itself on providing high quality professional services and law enforcement to all who live, work, and travel to the city. The chief of police is responsible for the operation of the Department. He accomplishes this with the assistance of the deputy chief of police. The Department is divided into three Divisions - Patrol, Investigations and Services.

The primary goal of the Department is protection of life and property, prevention of crime and apprehension of criminal perpetrators. The Department strives to provide a safe and secure environment for the residents of the City and to those who work, travel and shop here. The mission statement of the Department is:

The Birmingham Police Department is committed to fairness, compassion, and excellence in providing services sensitive to the priorities and needs of the community: the protection of life and property, the apprehension of criminal perpetrators, and the prevention of crime in accordance with the law.
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Organization of the Police Department

The Patrol Division is headed by a commander, who oversees three patrol shifts. Each patrol shift has a lieutenant in charge. The Patrol Division is the primary means for responding to calls for service, crime prevention, enforcement of traffic laws, investigation of motor vehicle accidents, parking enforcement, parking meter maintenance, and conducting criminal investigations. 

In order to increase our effectiveness, and to develop closer relations between the community and the department, officers are frequently assigned to patrol on foot, bicycles and motorcycles. Patrol officers speak to citizen groups, businesses and school children about traffic matters, drug abuse, crime prevention and other topics. Patrol officers frequently make appearances at block parties and other neighborhood activities to meet the community. Our adopt-a-senior program consists of officers who volunteer their time to assist resident seniors with a variety of services including lawn mowing, snow shoveling, shopping, and errands.

The Investigative Division is led by a commander, who oversees the day to day operation of the detective bureau, the NET officer and the officer assigned to the Special Investigations Unit of the Troy Police Department. The Investigative Division is responsible for follow-up investigations involving crimes, liquor and narcotics violations, liquor-license applications and employee-background checks. This Division also conducts educational seminars and decoy operations to promote awareness and compliance regarding alcohol and tobacco laws. In January 2013, the Department entered into an inter-local agreement with Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) and has assigned one officer to that task force. In the fall of 2014, the Department entered into another inter-local agreement to send an officer into the Special Investigations Unit of the Troy Police Department. The unit is made up of officers from the Auburn Hills PD, Bloomfield PD, Troy PD, and now Birmingham PD.

The Birmingham Police Department is supported by a volunteer police auxiliary unit. Auxiliary police officers serve at high school athletic events and at special events such as the Birmingham Cruise Event, Village Fair and parades. Auxiliary officers also ride with regular officers on patrol.

The Services Division is supervised by a commander and is responsible for preparation and administration of the Department’s budget, purchasing, record-keeping, equipment maintenance, traffic counts, new technology and fixed assets. The police/fire/emergency-medical-service dispatch operations, parking enforcement, parking-meter maintenance and school-crossing guards also fall within its responsibilities.

The police chaplain program continues to provide services to both the public and staff members. The Department currently has two volunteers serving as police chaplains. These individuals are ministers who receive non-denominational training specific to police-related matters.

History of the Department

The Birmingham Police Department has a long history dating back to 1864 when Alanson Partridge was appointed town marshal. In 1921 the police department was a 3 man operation complete with 1 motorcycle and a Model T pick-up truck.  The department moved into the “new” Municipal Building in 1928 and the operation remains there today.  The central business first saw parking meters in 1948 when the department had 26 police officers.

Effective July 1, 2012, the City of Birmingham entered into an inter-local agreement with the Village of Beverly Hills to provide for consolidated dispatch and combined public safety communications services. The Department now serves as a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for police, fire, and emergency medical services for Birmingham and Beverly Hills.

Much has changed both in the city and in the police department over the years.  With the growth of the city, police department operations have grown more complex.  We are committed to utilizing the best and most advanced technology available. What has not changed is the commitment of the women and men of the organization to providing the best possible service to the community.  It is because of everyone's dedication that the organization is well respected and the city remains a great place to live, work, and travel.