After 33 years in law enforcement, Deputy Chief Cedric Stevens has announced he will retire from the Birmingham Police Department.
Stevens began the Birmingham Police Academy in September 1985, graduating the following March. Upon graduation, Stevens was assigned to the the BPD’s North Precinct as a patrolman. He was later promoted to a field training officer.
Over the years, Stevens held assignments with the FBI task force, Department of Youth Services Gang Task Force and the robbery unit. In 1994, he was promoted to sergeant and reassigned to the department’s West Precinct, later rising to lieutenant in 1999, where he was reassigned to the East Precinct.
In 2000, Stevens was reassigned to Vice/Narcotics and graduated from the U. S. Dept. of Justice DEA Commanders Academy that same year. In 2002, he was assigned to North Precinct as the evening shift commander. In 2005, he was assigned to the Youth Services Unit, later being transferred to the robbery unit in 2008. In 2009, he was promoted to Captain and assigned as the commander of the property room, data entry, I.D. Unit, records and the communications unit.
In 2011, Stevens was assigned to the North Precinct as commander, where he served until he was promoted to deputy chief of operations in 2018.
Stevens will remain with the department until his official last day on Sept. 13.