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90.3 WBHM | Birmingham -- The latest FBI statistics show Birmingham's violent crime rate up by four and a half percent in 2007. You can be sure that Police Chief A.C. Roper knows the number and is looking at even more current trends and figures -- which, by the way, he says are down. He's been on the job for eight months, has initiated a zero-tolerance arrest effort to chip away at a culture of lawlessness on the streets, and says his faith tells him to fight the evildoers. The mountain is a steep one, but Chief Roper tells WBHM's Steve Chiotakis the department is marking inroads.

~Steve Chiotakis, June 25, 2008