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Mayor Randall Woodfin names new Chief for Birmingham Police Department

PRESS RELEASE                                                                         Monday, June 5, 2018

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-383-8432


BIRMINGHAM, AL— On Monday, Mayor Randall Woodfin announced Patrick D. Smith as the new police chief for the Birmingham Police Department.

Smith, who grew up in Tuscaloosa, has spent the last 28 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. Having started his law enforcement career as a patrol officer, Smith eventually rose to the rank of police commander, a position he has held since 2015.

Birmingham’s East Precinct Captain Allen Treadaway, was named as the assistant police chief on Monday. He has been with the department since 1989.

Birmingham City Councilor Hunter Williams, chair of the Public Safety Committee, has worked closely with Treadaway over the years and said he looks forward to what the new police chief will bring to Birmingham.

“He has a wealth of experience,” Councilor Williams said. “Based on the conversations we’ve had, I can tell you he wants Birmingham to be a model for police departments across the country, not just in Alabama. He wants to work with the community and help build a mutual trust between citizens and the police. That’s the kind of leadership we need here.”

Smith will officially begin his job as police chief on June 18.

This press release is a contribution from Cody Owens in the Office of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council. For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Interim Director of Public Information Chiara Perry at 205.383.8432.