Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith resigns to ‘focus on personal business’

Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith has resigned to “focus on personal business”, Mayor Randall Woodfin announced on Friday. Woodfin named Capt. Scott Thurmond as acting police chief. Hear what the mayor and acting leader said during a Friday afternoon press conference in the video above. “I am grateful for the service of former Chief Smith,” Mayor Woodfin said. “Under his leadership, former Chief Smith spearheaded the launch of the Real Time Crime Center; increased the number of police academies each year to assist in recruiting; moved to a four-day, 10-hour work week for officers; and established crime-fighting meetings to analyze and assess major criminal activity by precinct.” Smith’s resignation letter to Woodfin was posted on Friday afternoon: “Please accept my resignation effective February 25, 2022. Additionally, I request to be placed on paid administrative leave effective as of today’s date. until February 25, 2022. This will allow me to complete some personal business. This leave will also allow for a smooth transition with the Acting/Acting Chief. “Thank you for your consideration of this leave request. Also, thank you for allowing me to serve the citizens of Birmingham. Thurmond is a 23-year veteran of the Birmingham Police Service, having served and led in multiple precincts as well as in executive direction. Under his leadership in 2020, the West Precinct launched a special task force that successfully removed five to ten firearms from the streets each week and focused on high engagement and follow-up on cases that led to greater solvency. “I have every confidence in the leadership of Acting Chief Thurmond,” Woodfin said. “He has a history of innovation, strength and humility. Acting Chief Thurmond will be a bridge builder for our residents and our police force. He is the man for us.” to help keep our community safe. “I’m honored,” Thurmond said. “I know there will be challenges, but I am enthusiastic and ready to serve. As a department, we are committed to providing the high level of service that our community members expect and deserve.” Thurmond, 47, began his career with the North Ward Patrol Division where he served the communities of Titusville and Smithfield from 1999 to 2005 as a patrol officer and field training officer. Two years later, he was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the patrol division’s West Quarter morning shift. In 2008, Thurmond transferred to the Investigations Bureau’s Homicide Unit and worked there as a sergeant until 2013, when he was later promoted to lieutenant. In 2015, Acting Chief Thurmond In 2018, he became the Acting Commander of the new Robbery/Homicide Division, which consists of seven individual units: Homicide Unit, Criminal Assault Unit, Robbery Unit, Crime Reduction (CRT), Project ICE, Intelligence Unit, and the Sex Offender Unit. In 2019, Thurmond was promoted to Captain and served as the West Compound Commander in the Patrol Office. Most recently, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Investigation. Thurmond graduated from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in political science. He said he had always dreamed of being a policeman. Get the WVTM 13 app and watch WVTM 13 News for the latest updates on this developing story.

Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith has resigned to “focus on personal business”, Mayor Randall Woodfin announced on Friday. Woodfin named Capt. Scott Thurmond as acting police chief. Hear what the mayor and acting leader said during a Friday afternoon press conference in the video above.

“I am grateful for the services of former Chief Smith,” said Mayor Woodfin. “Under his leadership, former Chief Smith spearheaded the launch of the Real Time Crime Center; increased the number of police academies each year to assist in recruiting; moved to a four-day, 10-hour work week for officers; and established crime-fighting meetings to analyze and assess major criminal activity by precinct.”

Smith’s resignation letter at Woodfin was published on Friday afternoon:

“Please accept my resignation effective February 25, 2022. Additionally, I request to be placed on paid administrative leave effective today’s date until February 25, 2022. This will allow me to complete some personal business. This leave will also allow me for a smooth transition with the Acting/Acting Chief.

“Thank you for considering this leave request. Also, thank you for allowing me to serve the citizens of Birmingham.”

Thurmond is a 23-year veteran of the Birmingham Police Service, having served and led in several precincts as well as in executive direction. Under his leadership in 2020, the West Precinct launched a special task force that successfully removed five to 10 guns from the streets each week and focused on high engagement and follow-up on cases that led to a greater solvency. As a result, residents saw a 25% reduction in crime in the West Ward.

“I have every confidence in the leadership of Acting Chief Thurmond,” Woodfin said. “He has a history of innovation, strength and humility. Acting Chief Thurmond will be a bridge builder for our residents and our police force. He is the right man to help ensure safety of our community.

“I’m honored,” Thurmond said. “I know there will be challenges, but I am excited and ready to serve. As a service, we are committed to providing the high level of service that members of our community expect and deserve.”

Thurmond, 47, began his career with the North Ward Patrol Division where he served the communities of Titusville and Smithfield from 1999 to 2005 as a patrol officer and field training officer. Two years later, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the West Quarter Morning Shift in the Patrol Division.

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In 2008, Thurmond was transferred to the Bureau of Investigation’s Homicide Unit and worked there as a sergeant until 2013, when he was later promoted to lieutenant. In 2015, Acting Chief Thurmond returned to the Homicide Unit as Commanding Officer. In 2018, he became the Acting Commander of the new Robbery/Homicide Division, which consists of seven individual units: Homicide Unit, Criminal Assault Unit, Robbery Unit, Crime Reduction Team (CRT) , ICE Project, Intelligence Unit and the Sex Offender. Unity. In 2019, Thurmond was promoted to the rank of Captain and served as the Western Compound Commander within the Patrol Office. Most recently, he served as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Investigations.

Thurmond graduated from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in political science. He said he had always dreamed of being a policeman.

Get the WVTM 13 app and watch WVTM 13 News for the latest updates on this developing story.

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