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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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Agency City County State Technology Vendor
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.

Links:
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.

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

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.

Links:
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.

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

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

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

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

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Birmingham Jefferson County AL Real-Time Crime Center
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office opened the Metro Area Crime Center in October 2016.

Links:
Government information (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
News article (WAFF49)

Agency: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Real-Time Crime Center
Vendor:

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office opened the Metro Area Crime Center in October 2016.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Birmingham Jefferson County AL Automated License Plate Readers Vigilant Solutions
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office uses Vigilant Solutions automated license plate readers. according to a 2014 press release.

Links:
Press release (Vigilant Solutions)

Agency: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Automated License Plate Readers
Vendor: Vigilant Solutions

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office uses Vigilant Solutions automated license plate readers. according to a 2014 press release.

Brantley Police Department Brantley Crenshaw County AL Body-worn Cameras Wolfcom
The Brantley Police Department uses Wolfcom body-worn cameras, according to a testimonial on the company's website.

Links:
Vendor information (Wolfcom)
News article (OneZero)

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

The Brantley Police Department uses Wolfcom body-worn cameras, according to a testimonial on the company's website.

Carrollton Police Department Carrollton Pickens County AL Camera Registry Motorola Solutions
The Carrollton Police Department maintains a voluntary registry of private and personal surveillance cameras through Motorola Solutions.

Links:
Vendor information (Command Central)

Agency: Carrollton Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Camera Registry
Vendor: Motorola Solutions

The Carrollton Police Department maintains a voluntary registry of private and personal surveillance cameras through Motorola Solutions.

Clanton Police Department Clanton Chilton County AL Drones DJI
The Clanton 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: Clanton Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Clanton 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.

Cleveland Police Department Cleveland Blount County AL Camera Registry Motorola Solutions
The Cleveland Police Department maintains a voluntary registry of private and personal surveillance cameras through Motorola Solutions.

Links:
Vendor information (Command Central)

Agency: Cleveland Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Camera Registry
Vendor: Motorola Solutions

The Cleveland Police Department maintains a voluntary registry of private and personal surveillance cameras through Motorola Solutions.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office Columbiana Shelby County AL Drones DJI
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office operates two DJI drones 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: Shelby County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office operates two DJI drones as of 2015, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Cullman Police Department Cullman Cullman County AL Drones DJI
The Cullman Police Department operates two DJI drones 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: Cullman Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Cullman Police Department operates two DJI drones as of 2015, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Daphne Police Department Daphne Baldwin County AL Drones
The Daphne Police Department operates one drone as of 2020, 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: Daphne Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor:

The Daphne Police Department operates one drone as of 2020, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Dothan Police Department Dothan Dale County, Henry County, Houston County AL Body-worn Cameras
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $202,500 to the Dothan Police Department in 2016 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

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

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

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $202,500 to the Dothan Police Department in 2016 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

Dothan Police Department Dothan Dale County, Henry County, Houston County AL Camera Registry Motorola Solutions
The Dothan Police Department maintains a voluntary registry of private and personal surveillance cameras through Motorola Solutions.

Links:
Vendor information (Command Central)

Agency: Dothan Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Camera Registry
Vendor: Motorola Solutions

The Dothan Police Department maintains a voluntary registry of private and personal surveillance cameras through Motorola Solutions.

Houston County Sheriff's Office Dothan Houston County AL Drones DJI
The Houston County Sheriff's Office operates four DJI drones 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: Houston County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Houston County Sheriff's Office operates four DJI drones as of 2016, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Florence Police Department Florence Lauderdale County AL Body-worn Cameras
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $69,916 to the Florence Police Department in 2016 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

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

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

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $69,916 to the Florence Police Department in 2016 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

University of North Alabama Police Department Florence Lauderdale County AL Body-worn Cameras
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $5,707 to the University of North Alabama Police Department in 2016 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

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

Agency: University of North Alabama Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor:

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $5,707 to the University of North Alabama Police Department in 2016 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office Florence Lauderdale County AL Drones DJI
The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office operates one DJI Phantom 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: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

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

Foley Police Department Foley Baldwin County AL Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Foley 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: Foley Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Foley 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.

Fultondale Police Department Fultondale Jefferson County AL Camera Registry
The Fultondale Police Department maintains a voluntary registry of private and personal surveillance cameras.

Links:
Government information (City of Fultondale)

Agency: Fultondale Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Camera Registry
Vendor:

The Fultondale Police Department maintains a voluntary registry of private and personal surveillance cameras.

Fyffe Police Department Fyffe DeKalb County AL Body-worn Cameras Wolfcom
The Fyffe Police Department uses Wolfcom body-worn cameras, according to a testimonial on the company's website.

Links:
Vendor information (Wolfcom)
News article (OneZero)

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

The Fyffe Police Department uses Wolfcom body-worn cameras, according to a testimonial on the company's website.

Etowah County Sheriff's Office Gadsden Etowah County AL Drones DJI
The Etowah County Sheriff's Office's Department operates one DJI Phantom 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: Etowah County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Etowah County Sheriff's Office's Department operates one DJI Phantom drone as of 2016, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.