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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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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.

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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.

Birmingham Police Department Birmingham Jefferson County AL Gunshot Detection ShotSpotter
In 2019, the Birmingham Police Department renewed a three-year contract for $2.6 million with ShotSpotter for gunshot detection technology.

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News article (WBRC)
News article (CBS42)
News article (WBRC)

Agency: Birmingham Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Gunshot Detection
Vendor: ShotSpotter

In 2019, the Birmingham Police Department renewed a three-year contract for $2.6 million with ShotSpotter for gunshot detection technology.

Birmingham Police Department Birmingham Jefferson County AL Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Birmingham 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.

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Agency: Birmingham Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Birmingham 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.

Birmingham Police Department Birmingham Jefferson County AL Real-Time Crime Center
The Birmingham Police Department received city council approval to spend $1.5 million on its real-time crime center in May 2019. The RTCC has a camera network, including a pilot program with Alabama Power for 95 surveillance cameras around the city—each outfitted gunshot detection sensors. Police also use automated license plate readers.

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News article (Birmingham Times)
News article (Alabama Media Group (Alabama Local News Site))
News article (6 WBRC)

Agency: Birmingham Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Real-Time Crime Center
Vendor:

The Birmingham Police Department received city council approval to spend $1.5 million on its real-time crime center in May 2019. The RTCC has a camera network, including a pilot program with Alabama Power for 95 surveillance cameras around the city—each outfitted gunshot detection sensors. Police also use automated license plate readers.

Birmingham Police Department Birmingham Jefferson County AL Predictive Policing PredPol
The Birmingham Police Department uses PredPol predictive policing software.

Links:
News article (WBRC)

Agency: Birmingham Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Predictive Policing
Vendor: PredPol

The Birmingham Police Department uses PredPol predictive policing software.

Birmingham Police Department Birmingham Jefferson County AL Gunshot Detection ShotSpotter
The Birmingham City Council approved the installation of 95 surveillance cameras that work with the city's ShotSpotter system in 2019.

Links:
News article (AL.com)

Agency: Birmingham Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Gunshot Detection
Vendor: ShotSpotter

The Birmingham City Council approved the installation of 95 surveillance cameras that work with the city's ShotSpotter system in 2019.

Birmingham Police Department Birmingham Oakland County MI Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Birmingham 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: Birmingham Police Department
State: MI
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Birmingham 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.