Chief A.C. Roper was born in Birmingham, Alabama where he is a graduate of the Birmingham public school system. He has over 24 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Montgomery Police Department in 1985 where he was promoted to Corporal and served as a Patrol Officer, Academy Instructor and Recruiter. After more than three years away from home, he returned to live in Birmingham when he was hired by the Hoover Police Department. In Hoover, he was promoted through the ranks, culminating with his promotion to Assistant Chief of Police. In November 2007, Mayor Larry Langford appointed him as Birmingham’s thirty-third Chief of Police.
Chief Roper has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Troy University and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Course.
Chief Roper has over 25 years experience in the Army Reserves where he serves as a Colonel. He is currently the Chief of Staff at the 87th Army Reserve Support Command. He deployed during Operation Desert Shield and again during Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as the military spokesperson for all U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan. He has completed every military course attended with honors. He is the recipient of numerous military awards and decorations including the Bronze Star and the General Douglas McArthur Leadership Award, which is given annually to the top U.S. Army Officers in the nation.
Chief Roper is also a licensed and ordained minister serving at Faith Chapel Christian Center in Birmingham. He is a member of the FBI National Academy Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and numerous other professional development associations. He serves on several local boards and community organizations. He and Edith, his beautiful wife of 24 years, are the proud parents of two lovely daughters, Krystle, age seventeen and Amber, age twelve.