Captain James Blanton presides over the West Precinct.
The West Precinct covers approximately 65 square miles and has over
80,000 residents. The West Precinct has 39 communities.
The 5-Points West shopping area, new construction at Fair Park and the future home
of the new West Precinct are a part of a growing community. Rickwood Field is also historic home of the Black
Barons baseball team. Ensley and Pratt City are historic sites of the coal-mining era in Birmingham. The West
Precinct is the home of The Function at the Junction. The annual Jazz Festival is dedicated to one of Ensley’s
own, “Erskine Hawkins”. The event is held in the park that bears his name.
Officers of the West Precinct are not only assigned to patrol vehicles, they are also assigned
to bikes, T3s and Smart cars. The West Precinct’s Task Force works with the Department’s Detective Bureau and
with several Federal Law Enforcement Agencies (FBI, U.S. Marshall, and ATF) in a cooperative effort to apprehend
high profile suspects, fleeing felons, organized gangs, and homicide suspects.