The Birmingham Police Department has launched a new COP (Citizens on Patrol) program that should sound familiar to most people born in the last century. The COP program was made famous by the movie Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol.
Released in 1987, the fourth installment of the seven released Police Academy movies was based on an overworked, understaffed police department that turns to the public for assistance. Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper would probably tell you his department is handcuffed by budget cuts and limited resources but there has been a decline in crime during his tenure. Although, if you watch A&E’s show The First 48: Birmingham, you might not get that impression.
The Birmingham COP program will begin perusing the streets with around 25 volunteers and two vehicles that were donated by a local dealers.
The program will begin locally in the Woodlawn area with the intention of growing to cover all of Birmingham.
“We’re gonna go through the crawl, walk, run method. We’re gonna crawl, walk then we’ll be at a full spring then we’re gonna take it throughout the city but it can’t be successful without you,” Roper said in an interview with Clare Huddleston of FOX 6.
All King LaLa wants to know is who is going to the next Officer Sweetchuck? Lock and load volunteers, it’s a war out there.