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    Derrick Washington
            Derrick       Washington
    B/M age 22 6’0” 135
    wearing a black
    tall t-shirt, dark
    blue jeans,
    possibly a blue
    NY hat, and
    black jordans. 


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Chief Roper Chief A.C. Roper was born in Birmingham, Alabama where he is a graduate of the Birmingham public school system.  He has over 29 years of law enforcement experience.  He began his career with the Montgomery Police Department in 1985 where he was promoted to Corporal and served as a Patrol Officer, Academy Instructor and Recruiter.  After more than three years away from home, he returned to the Birmingham metropolitan area when he was hired by the Hoover Police Department.  In Hoover, he was promoted through the ranks, serving as a Patrol Officer, Narcotics Detective, Traffic Sergeant, Training Coordinator, Operations Bureau Commander, and Investigative Bureau Commander; culminating with his promotion to Assistant Chief of Police.

In November 2007, Chief Roper was appointed as Birmingham's thirty-third Chief of Police.  In this position, he commands the largest municipal police department in the state with over 1,100 full time employees.  Chief 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.  He has received specialized police management and leadership training

from the prestigious FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Course.  He attended the Anti-Defamation League’s National Counter-Terrorism Seminar held in Israel and has also completed leadership studies at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.   Chief Roper is a sought after speaker and has lectured nationally and internationally on various strategic leadership topics.

Chief Roper was commissioned as an Army 2nd Lieutenant in 1983 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He has over 32 years’ experience in the Army Reserves where he serves as a Major General.   He is currently the Commanding General of the 80th Training Command (TASS) in Richmond, VA with Army Reserve units in 38 states.   He has completed several military leadership courses with honors.  He is the recipient of numerous military awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the General Douglas McArthur Leadership Award, which is given annually to the top U.S. Army Officers in the nation.   He also serves as a principal member of the Secretary of the Army’s Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee.

He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and is a member of the FBI National Academy Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and numerous other professional development associations and community organizations.  He also serves on the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Advisory Committee; the U.S. Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee and is President of the Jefferson County Chiefs of Police Association.  He and Edith, his beautiful wife of 29 years are the proud parents of two lovely daughters, Krystle and Amber.