efforts to fight crime. The Unit does this by providing planning, research
and evaluation of new methods, procedures and
developments in law enforcement. This unit provides systems support and
security to critical law enforcement data via the Alabama Criminal
Justice Information System (ACJIS) liaison as well as overall crime
analysis derived from local data.
The Training Section is comprised of the Birmingham Police Academy, the Police Firing Range, and
the Career Development Unit. The Birmingham Police Academy provides an intensive training program for both
departmental law enforcement personnel and new recruits. The Citizens Police Academy is one of those programs
designed to teach citizens the role of a police officer and to foster better communication between citizens and
police through education.
The Firing Range has five Firearm Instructors who provide training to officers in utilizing
standard issue firearms, shotguns and rifles as well as simulated real-time events via a Firearms
Training Simulator (FATS).
The Budget Unit manages and oversees the Department’s overall budget and financial records. This requires that
the Unit authorize, manage and process all Departmental requests for the purchase of goods and services.
The Grants Office is responsible for identifying,
obtaining and administering alternative sources of funding for new
equipment, technology, community and school-based programs. Funds from
these programs support a broad range of activities that prevent and
control crimes and also enable the department to obtain equipment,
up-to-date technology, and many other essential tools.
The Inspection Unit is comprised of Police Distribution,
Taxi Cab Licensing Fleet Management, the Information Desk, and Building
Maintenance. The Inspections Unit receives, manages, controls, and
issues all Departmental equipment, vehicles, uniforms, weapons, radios
and physical facilities.
The Administrative Services Division is responsible for overseeing and
administering the Department’s Accreditation Standards and Procedures. In March 2007
the Department received its sixth Re-accreditation Award from the
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
National Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina. The
Administrative Services Division is also responsible for overseeing the
Recruiting/Hiring Unit. In addition this unit oversees Personnel/Payroll, who process and maintain the Police Department
personnel files, payroll and attendance records that include holiday, vacation, sick, and overtime pay.