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      Birmingham leaders report dramatic drop in crime

      The City of Birmingham and the Birmingham Police Department report a dramatic reduction in crime for 2013.

      In a news release, the police department reports Part I crimes reported for the year are the city's lowest in nearly 30 years or in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Data, dating back to 1985. The total also include the addition of unauthorized use of vehicle crimes and crimes reported under the expanded definition of Rape. From 2012 to 2013, city officials report an overall 6.5 percent decrease in crime.

      According to the FBI's expanded version for 2013, {}the city reports a 3.5 percent decrease in crime in 2013.

      Below are statements provided in a news release from Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper and Birmingham Mayor William Bell:

      "We have had tremendous success reducing crime in the City primarily due to our hard working police personnel and increased community partnerships. I am so proud of our officers and professional staff members who have responded to every challenge with selfless service and excellence. Having the honor of announcing the lowest crime numbers in decades speaks to the vision, revitalization efforts, and commitment of our key stakeholders.{} We continue to trend in the right direction but cannot get complacent. If we stay the course, I believe we'll have another amazing year reducing crime even more," said Chief A.C. Roper.{}


      "It is a testament to the hard work of the men and women that serve on our police force to see results in overall crime reduction for the City. This is unprecedented and it takes a team working with citizens in the streets and connecting on a personal basis to see this type of reduction. We are very thankful for their hard work and service to this City," said Mayor Bell.