BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Friday, the Birmingham Police Department held a press conference to discuss safety of the community over the upcoming holidays.
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick D. Smith will be joined by U.S. Attorney-Northern District of Alabama, Prim Escalona and Frank Barefield of Crime Stoppers. Chief Smith discussed the launch of an upcoming safety initiative.
The “Don’t Shoot” campaign kicked off Friday ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. State officials wanted to ensure the safety of Birmingham residents ahead of the celebrations in the coming weeks. He asked that citizens not use celebratory gunfire over the holiday.
“We want everyone to be safe,” Chief Smith said during the press conference. “If you are caught producing celebratory gunfire or any other acts of illegal gunfire, you will be held accountable.”
The Birmingham Police Department have recovered over 1,163 illegal guns off the street in an effort to combat the increase in violence so far in 2021.
Following the press conference, Smith hosted Coffee with the Chief, an opportunity for community members to had a chance of speaking with Chief Smith and BPD command staff.
The full press conference can be watched in the video player above shortly.