Deputy Chief Herman Hinton commands the Investigative Operations Bureau.
The Investigative Operations Bureau is comprised of a Deputy Chief, an Administrative
Assistant (Captain) and four Divisions Commanders (Captains): Crimes against Persons, Crimes
against Property, Special Victims and, Vice/Narcotics Division. Others sub-units within the various
commands are: Court Liaison, Crime stoppers, and the Investigative Task Forces such as the U. S. Marshall
Fugitive Task Force, Crime Reduction Team (CRT), Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, and the
Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The Crimes against Persons Division is comprised of Robbery, Homicide,
and Project ICE (Isolate the
Criminal Element). The Robbery Division investigates all robberies, prepares follow-up reports and presents evidence in
The Homicide Division investigates all homicides, kidnappings, felony
assaults, and other crimes physically committed against persons; prepares follow-up reports and presents
evidence in court. The Homicide Unit includes the Sex Crime Unit, the Crime Reduction Team (CRT) and the
Cold Case Unit. The Sex Crimes Unit investigates all sexual related offenses, prepares follow-up reports and
presents evidence in court.
The Cold Case Unit investigates all homicides that go unsolved which is at least one year old and the
initial investigator is no longer assigned to the unit.
Project ICE (Isolate Criminal Element) works in conjunction with the Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms Bureau and investigates state and federal firearms violations. ICE performs criminal histories
on citizens requesting release of firearms in police custody.
The Crimes Against Property Division is comprised of Burglary, Auto Theft, and Major Fraud Unit.
The Burglary Division is also comprised of both the Arson Unit and Pawn Shop Detail.
The Burglary Division investigates property crimes, prepares follow-up reports and
presents evidence in court.
The Arson Unit investigates arson cases in cooperation with the Fire Marshall.
The Pawn Shop Detail verifies all property pawned, locates and identifies
suspects pawning and selling stolen merchandise. The detail enforces city and state laws regulating pawn shops and
gold and silver dealers.
Auto Theft Division investigates thefts of motor vehicles, identifies
recovered and altered vehicles, prepares follow-up reports and presents evidence in court. The Auto
Theft Division coordinates the City’s wrecker services, checks impounded
vehicles, and notifies owner of recovered vehicles. The division investigates applications for junk yards and issues
licenses for those who qualify as well.
The Special Victims Division is comprised of four units: Juvenile Unit,
Domestic Violence, Project SAFE and Youth Services.
The Juvenile Unit, educates the public on street gang recognition investigates all
misdemeanor crimes involving victims and/or suspects under the age of 18
years and acts of abuse against minor children. The unit also investigates and prepares follow-up reports
on missing persons of all ages. In addition, the unit enforces all laws and municipal ordinances involving animals such
as: animal cruelty, animal neglect/abandonment, dog bites and works with the Humane Society and Animal
Control to educate the public on animals’ related issues.
Domestic Violence Unit collaborates and working in conjunction with Project SAFE to
investigate domestic violence incidents, prepares follow-up reports and presents evidence in court.
Project SAFE (Stopping Abuse in the Family Environment)
provides services to individuals, families and groups affected by
domestic and family violence. The goal of the program is to reduce the
recidivism rate of domestic violence in the city of Birmingham by
providing on-site operational support to victims and offenders.
Youth Services coordinates and supervises crime
prevention for youth and administers the SRO (School Resource Officer),
PAT (Police Athletic Team), GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and
Training), and the Explorer Programs.
Victim Liaison Unit is dedicated to improving the
treatment of crime victims and survivors of violent crime. The unit
assists victims, survivors, family members and businesses who experience
violent crime or trauma.
Crime Stoppers is an ongoing program involving members of the Birmingham Area
community, in partnership with the media and law enforcement, to provide crime-solving assistance
to law enforcement. Cash rewards are offered to anonymous persons who telephone the Crime Stoppers hot line at
205-254-7777 or submit an ONLINE TIP with information leading to the arrest and
conviction of the person(s) responsible for felony offenses.
The Vice Narcotics Division includes the Technical Surveillance Unit, Highway Interdiction
and Weed & Seed. The Vice/Narcotics Division investigates all drug related offenses, prepares follow-up
reports, and presents evidence in court. In addition, the Vice/Narcotics Division investigates applicants
and premises relative to issuance of licenses and permits for liquor, pool tables, bingo, video and arcade
game machines, dancers, investigates complaints and enforces laws concerning prostitution, illegal
alcohol sales, gambling, pornography, bingo and related vice activities.
The Technical Surveillance Unit is responsible for making training videos and provides
technical audio-video intercept and photographic support to other units and City agencies as needed.
Weed and Seed seeks social and economic revitalization
in high crime neighborhoods through multi-agency operation and community
involvement. Weed and Seed investigates gang activity, with drug related
violent crimes in targeted areas.
The Highway Interdiction team targets flow of drugs
through the city and on the interstate highways.