The FOB is comprised of four precincts and the Tactical Unit and is commanded by a Captain. The
following is a list of the Captains and their respective command:
The four patrol precincts conduct preventive patrols in residential areas and business districts,
monitor traffic and enforce traffic laws, investigate accidents, respond to calls for service, conduct preliminary
investigations of reported crimes, arrest criminal violators, suppress disturbances, serve warrants and subpoenas
, present testimony and evidence in court, investigate citizen complaints and serve the citizens, business owners
and guests of the City of Birmingham as needed.
All four precincts have professional staff members that assist the Field Operations Bureau with
providing service to the community. These specialized units include the Crime Prevention Officers and Community
The Crime Prevention Officers (CPO) are civilian employees that perform community relations
related activities by providing crime prevention information and conducting security surveys of homes and businesses.
The Community Service Officers (CSO) are certified social workers that provide services to mentally
ill, indigent and challenged individuals. They also aid victims of domestic violence by assisting them with housing
and related family needs.
The precincts also have Task Forces, which are comprised of sworn police officers that are assigned to
address specific problems or issues that have been identified through crime statistics and citizen complaints.