Birmingham Community Policing and Revitalization Division

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The Birmingham Community Policing and Revitalization Division (CPR), formerly the Birmingham Weed & Seed Task Force, is a program of the Birmingham Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Unit, operating from the Birmingham Police Department East Precinct in Roebuck.

The program operates under a grant from the United States Department of Justice, and was originally designed to "weed" out harmful elements like gang and drug activity, from struggling neighborhoods and to "seed" the community with social services, communication links and goodwill between the police department and the public. The executive director is Terrie Lee-Burrell

The first community to participate in Birmingham Weed & Seed was West End, which began in the early 1990s. Northside began participating with its own slate of programs in 2006. That community, made up of the Central City, Druid Hills, and Norwood neighborhoods, has sponsored a citizen police academy, a personal finance seminar, and helped sponsor the Central City neighborhood's "1040 Fest".

A November 26, 2007 forum at Birmingham City Hall was held to present the program's requirements and benefits to leaders from other neighborhoods.

The task force also operates a "Highway Interdiction Unit" which patrols area highways for drug traffickers.

On September 13, 2006 officers of the Highway Interdiction Unit seized nearly $1 million in cash from a hidden compartment in a truck which was stopped on I-20-West near Leeds.

On January 24-25, 2007, as part of the Northside Community Weed and Seed Program, members of the non-profit Economic Development Council toured the Central City, Druid Hills, and Norwood neighborhoods and met with local public officials to develop ideas about realistic development opportunities in those areas. The group's visit concluded with a public forum at the Birmingham Public Library.

References

  • Coman, Victoria L. (November 25, 2007) "Community forum to address crime, poverty." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (January 25, 2007) "Forum eyes new life for neighborhoods." The Birmingham News

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