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  • ? Cameras attached to fixed locations or to patrol cars that are used to track license plates.
  • ? Video cameras that police attach to their uniforms to record interactions with the public.
  • ? A voluntary registry of privacy security cameras people have installed on their properties.
  • ? Devices that masquerade as legitimate cell-phone towers to surveillance people's phones.
  • ? Remote-controlled aerial vehicles that police use to gather footage from the sky.
  • ? Software that can identify or verify the identity of an individual using their face.
  • ? Intelligence centers that enable information sharing between local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal agencies.
  • ? A system of acoustic sensors mounted on street lights or on the sides of buildings that passively listen for gunshots.
  • ? Software that suggests neighborhoods or individuals for further law enforcement attention.
  • ? Real-Time Crime Centers are hubs where police ingest and analyze surveillance video, intelligence, and data from a number of sources in real-time.
  • ? Police negotiate partnerships with Ring to promote home surveillance devices and neighborhood watch app to private residents.
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Anchorage Police Department Anchorage Anchorage Borough AK Drones
The Anchorage Police Department operates one drone as of 2017, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Anchorage Police Department
State: AK
Technology: Drones
Vendor:

The Anchorage Police Department operates one drone as of 2017, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Alaska Information and Analysis Center Anchorage Anchorage Borough AK Fusion Center
The Alaska Information and Analysis Center is one of 79 fusion centers in the United States. Operated by local and state law enforcement in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a fusion center serves as a command center for gathering, analyzing and disseminating intelligence and other public safety information.

Links:
Nonprofit report (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Nonprofit report (Open the Government)
Government information (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Agency: Alaska Information and Analysis Center
State: AK
Technology: Fusion Center
Vendor:

The Alaska Information and Analysis Center is one of 79 fusion centers in the United States. Operated by local and state law enforcement in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a fusion center serves as a command center for gathering, analyzing and disseminating intelligence and other public safety information.

Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles Anchorage Anchorage Borough AK Face Recognition
The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles responds to face recognition requests from various law enforcement agencies as well as federal agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other state transportation departments

Links:
Nonprofit report (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Agency: Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles
State: AK
Technology: Face Recognition
Vendor:

The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles responds to face recognition requests from various law enforcement agencies as well as federal agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other state transportation departments

Anchorage Police Department Anchorage Anchorage Borough AK Cell-site Simulator
The Anchorage Police Department acquired cell-site simulator technology in 2009.

Links:
News article (Anchorage Daily News)
Meeting Minutes (Municipality of Anchorage)
News article (2KTUU)

Agency: Anchorage Police Department
State: AK
Technology: Cell-site Simulator
Vendor:

The Anchorage Police Department acquired cell-site simulator technology in 2009.

Dillingham Police Department Dillingham Dillingham Census Area AK Body-worn Cameras Wolfcom
The Dillingham Police Department began using Wolfcom body-worn cameras in 2015. In 2018, it purchased eight new, upgraded BWCs.

Links:
Vendor information (Wolfcom)
Social media (Wolfcom)

Agency: Dillingham Police Department
State: AK
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor: Wolfcom

The Dillingham Police Department began using Wolfcom body-worn cameras in 2015. In 2018, it purchased eight new, upgraded BWCs.

Fairbanks Police Department Fairbanks Fairbanks North Star Borough AK Drones DJI
The Fairbanks Police Department operates one DJI Inspire drone as of 2017, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Fairbanks Police Department
State: AK
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Fairbanks Police Department operates one DJI Inspire drone as of 2017, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Fairbanks Police Department Fairbanks Fairbanks North Star Borough AK Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Fairbanks Police Department signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2020 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Links:
Vendor data (Ring)
Vendor information (Ring)

Agency: Fairbanks Police Department
State: AK
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Fairbanks Police Department signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2020 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Juneau Police Department Juneau Juneau Borough AK Body-worn Cameras
The Juneau Police Department has used body-worn cameras since 2017.

Links:
News article (Alaska Daily News)

Agency: Juneau Police Department
State: AK
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor:

The Juneau Police Department has used body-worn cameras since 2017.

Juneau Police Department Juneau Juneau Borough AK Drones
The Juneau Police Department operates one drone as of 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Juneau Police Department
State: AK
Technology: Drones
Vendor:

The Juneau Police Department operates one drone as of 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Kenai Police Department Kenai Kenai Peninsula Borough AK Body-worn Cameras
The Kenai Police Department uses body-worn cameras.

Links:
News article (Anchorage Daily News)
News article (KTVA)
News article (Peninsula Clarion)

Agency: Kenai Police Department
State: AK
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor:

The Kenai Police Department uses body-worn cameras.

Kodiak Police Department Kodiak Kodiak Island County AK Body-worn Cameras Axon
The Kodiak Police Department have used body cameras since 2015, and as of 2018, the department has 18 Axon body-worn cameras.

Links:
News article (Alaska Public Media)
Meeting documents (City of Kodiak)
Government information (City of Kodiak)

Agency: Kodiak Police Department
State: AK
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor: Axon

The Kodiak Police Department have used body cameras since 2015, and as of 2018, the department has 18 Axon body-worn cameras.

Seward Police Department Seward Kenai Peninsula Borough AK Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Seward Police Department signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2019 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Links:
Vendor data (Ring)
Vendor information (Ring)

Agency: Seward Police Department
State: AK
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Seward Police Department signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2019 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Valdez Police Department Valdez Valdez-Cordova Borough AK Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Valdez Police Department signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2019 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Links:
Vendor data (Ring)
Vendor information (Ring)

Agency: Valdez Police Department
State: AK
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Valdez Police Department signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2019 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Henry County Sheriff's Office Abbeville Henry County AL Drones MAXSUR
The Henry County Sheriff's Office operates one MAXSUR Seeker drone as of 2016, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Henry County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: MAXSUR

The Henry County Sheriff's Office operates one MAXSUR Seeker drone as of 2016, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Alabaster Police Department Alabaster Shelby County AL Drones
The Alabaster Police Department operates one drone as of 2018, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Alabaster Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor:

The Alabaster Police Department operates one drone as of 2018, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Covington County Sheriff's Office Andalusia Covington County AL Body-worn Cameras WatchGuard
The Covington County Sheriff's Office purchased 20 WatchGuard body-worn cameras for $18,000 in 2016.

Links:
News article (Andalusia Star News)

Agency: Covington County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor: WatchGuard

The Covington County Sheriff's Office purchased 20 WatchGuard body-worn cameras for $18,000 in 2016.

Arab Police Department Arab Marshall County AL Drones
The Arab Police Department operates one drone, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Arab Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor:

The Arab Police Department operates one drone, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Limestone County Sheriff's Office Athens Limestone County AL Drones Physical Sciences
The Limestone County Sheriff's Office operates one Physical Sciences InstantEye drone as of 2016, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Limestone County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: Physical Sciences

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office operates one Physical Sciences InstantEye drone as of 2016, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Auburn Police Department Auburn Lee County AL Automated License Plate Readers Vigilant Solutions
The Auburn Police Department uses Vigilant Solutions automated license plate readers, according to a 2014 press release.

Links:
Press release (Vigilant Solutions)

Agency: Auburn Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Automated License Plate Readers
Vendor: Vigilant Solutions

The Auburn Police Department uses Vigilant Solutions automated license plate readers, according to a 2014 press release.

North Baldwin Sheriff's Office Bay Minette Baldwin County AL Drones Autel Robotics
The North Baldwin Sheriff's Office operates one Autel Robotics X-Star Premium drone as of 2017, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: North Baldwin Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: Autel Robotics

The North Baldwin Sheriff's Office operates one Autel Robotics X-Star Premium drone as of 2017, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Bay Minette Baldwin County AL Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2020 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Links:
Vendor data (Ring)
Vendor information (Ring)

Agency: Baldwin County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2020 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Bessemer Police Department Bessemer Jefferson County AL Automated License Plate Readers Vigilant Solutions
The Bessemer Police Department uses Vigilant Solutions automated license plate readers, according to a 2014 press release

Links:
Press release (Vigilant Solutions)

Agency: Bessemer Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Automated License Plate Readers
Vendor: Vigilant Solutions

The Bessemer Police Department uses Vigilant Solutions automated license plate readers, according to a 2014 press release

Birmingham Police Department Birmingham Jefferson County AL Body-worn Cameras
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $576,000 to the Birmingham Police Department from 2016-2019 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

Links:
Government information (U.S Department of Justice)
Government information (U.S Department of Justice)

Agency: Birmingham Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor:

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $576,000 to the Birmingham Police Department from 2016-2019 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Birmingham Jefferson County AL Body-worn Cameras
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $702,000 to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in 2018 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

Links:
Government information (U.S Department of Justice)

Agency: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor:

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $702,000 to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in 2018 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Birmingham Jefferson County AL Drones Draganfly Innovations
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office operates one Draganfly Innovations Draganflyer X4 drone as of 2015, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: Draganfly Innovations

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office operates one Draganfly Innovations Draganflyer X4 drone as of 2015, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.