[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1367119559&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4035197&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1367119559 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- The Birmingham Police Department is pulling back the curtain and inviting the public to come check out some of their new technology and see what they do on a daily basis. The department held it’s second open house on Saturday. Officers were on-hand to demonstrate new crowd control technology, and show videos from various crime scenes. They also used the opportunity to answer any questions the public had, hoping to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement. “When you want a better community, you have to have a cohesion between the police officers and the community,” says Officer Bryan Shelton. “Otherwise, society isn’t going to work. If you want the criminal caught, if you want the bad guys brought to justice, you have to have a partnership between both the police department and the community.”
The BPD hopes to make the open house an annual event.