Birmingham kicks off “Project Safe” for 2013

Birmingham kicks off “Project Safe” for 2013

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Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper, Mayor William Bell and Fire Chief Ivor Brooks discuss safety plans for the city. Source: WBRC video Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper, Mayor William Bell and Fire Chief Ivor Brooks discuss safety plans for the city. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The city of Birmingham is kicking its Project Safe program into high gear as city officials prepare for a busy 2013.

With the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement approaching and the new downtown baseball stadium set to open soon, Birmingham officials want to make sure the public knows safety is a top priority.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Police Chief A.C. Roper and Fire Chief Ivor Brooks discussed details of the program today.

The plan includes more police patrols in and around neighborhoods, mounted patrols at events and a new 9-1-1 call center. The fire department will focus on prevention and education.

"2013 is gonna be a big year with a lot of visitors coming to our city and we wanna make sure we do everything possible to give them a safe environment to come see all the positive things that Birmingham has to offer. But even more important than that, we want our neighborhoods to feel safer than they've felt in the past," Mayor Bell said.

The mayor added that the program can only be successful with help from the public.

Police and fire personnel will be working in the communities to form better working relationships with the public.

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