Chief Roper looking for ways to curb the upward trend of violence in Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper is working with his crime prevention team to come up with ways to curb the upward trend of violence in the city.

Police have responded to eight shootings in the past two weeks; seven people have been killed. Chief Roper says he is very concerned about the increase.

“We’re adjusting the hours of about 50 police officers and making them come in at different hours to try to address those issues that we can address from an external visibility standpoint,” Roper says. “So we’re taking our crime reduction team, our neighborhood enforcement team, members of our tactical unit and our precinct task forces and we’re adjusting those hours.”

Roper and his team have targeted specific hours of the day and night in which violent crimes often occur, and officers are now patrolling certain areas during those times.

Coming up on CBS 42 News at 5 and 6, Reporter Kaitlin McCulley will have details on the plan to stop the violence and will explain what you can do to help.

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