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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
Gadsden Police Department Gadsden Etowah County AL Drones AeroVironment
The Gadsden Police Department operates one AeroVironment Wasp III drone as of 2010, 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: Gadsden Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: AeroVironment

The Gadsden Police Department operates one AeroVironment Wasp III drone as of 2010, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

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

The Gulf Shores 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.

Guntersville Police Department Guntersville Marshall County AL Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Guntersville 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: Guntersville Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Guntersville 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.

Hoover Police Department Hoover Jefferson County AL Drones DJI
The Hoover Police 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: Hoover Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Hoover Police 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.

Hoover Police Department Hoover Jefferson County AL Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Hoover 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: Hoover Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Hoover 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.

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

Links:
Press release (Vigilant Solutions)

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

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

University of Alabama in Huntsville Police Department Hunstville Madison County AL Drones
The University of Alabama in Huntsville Police Department operates one drone as of 2013, 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: University of Alabama in Huntsville Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor:

The University of Alabama in Huntsville Police Department operates one drone as of 2013, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

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

The Huntsville Police Department operates two DJI drones as of 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Huntsville Police Department Huntsville Madison County AL Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Huntsville 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: Huntsville Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Huntsville 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.

Huntsville Police Department Huntsville Madison County AL Gunshot Detection
The Huntsville Police Department obtained gunshot detection software in 2018.

Links:
News article (WAAY 31)

Agency: Huntsville Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Gunshot Detection
Vendor:

The Huntsville Police Department obtained gunshot detection software in 2018.

Huntsville Police Department Huntsville Madison County AL Real-Time Crime Center
The Huntsville Police Department's North Alabama Multi-Agency Crime Center uses police cameras, gunshot detection, and license plate readers, and facilitates intelligence sharing among multiple agencies.

Links:
Government information (Huntsville)
News article (WAFF48)

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

The Huntsville Police Department's North Alabama Multi-Agency Crime Center uses police cameras, gunshot detection, and license plate readers, and facilitates intelligence sharing among multiple agencies.

Huntsville Police Department Huntsville Madison County, Limestone County, Morgan County AL Automated License Plate Readers
The Huntsville Police Department began using automated license plate readers in 2019.

Links:
News article (WAAY 31)

Agency: Huntsville Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Automated License Plate Readers
Vendor:

The Huntsville Police Department began using automated license plate readers in 2019.

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

Links:
Vendor information (Command Central)

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

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

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

Links:
Vendor information (Command Central)

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

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

Madison Police Department Madison Madison County AL Body-worn Cameras Coban
The Madison Police Department purchased 63 Coban body-worn cameras in 2018.

Links:
News article (WHNT News)
News article (WAAY 31)

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

The Madison Police Department purchased 63 Coban body-worn cameras in 2018.

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

Links:
Vendor information (Command Central)

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

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

Mobile County Sheriff's Office Mobile Mobile County AL Drones
The Mobile County Sheriff's Office 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: Mobile County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor:

The Mobile County Sheriff's Office operates one drone as of 2018, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Mobile Police Department Mobile Mobile County AL Drones
The Mobile Police Department operates one 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: Mobile Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor:

The Mobile Police Department operates one drone as of 2016, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Mobile County Sheriff's Office Mobile Mobile County AL Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Mobile County Sheriff's Office 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: Mobile County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Mobile County Sheriff's Office signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2019 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

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

The Mobile 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.

Alabama Department of Corrections Montgomery Montgomery County AL Body-worn Cameras
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $300,000 to the Alabama Department of Corrections in 2019 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

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

Agency: Alabama Department of Corrections
State: AL
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor:

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $300,000 to the Alabama Department of Corrections in 2019 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Montgomery Montgomery County AL Drones DJI
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office operates one DJI Inspire 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: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

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

Montgomery Police Department Montgomery Montgomery County AL Cell-site Simulator
The Montgomery Police Department acquired cell-site simulator technology in 2006, according data compiled by Kevin Collier for Vocativ.

Links:
News article (Vocativ)
News dataset (Kevin Collier)

Agency: Montgomery Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Cell-site Simulator
Vendor:

The Montgomery Police Department acquired cell-site simulator technology in 2006, according data compiled by Kevin Collier for Vocativ.

Alabama Fusion Center Montgomery Montgomery County AL Fusion Center
The Alabama Fusion 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)
Government information (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
Government information (Alabama Fusion Center)

Agency: Alabama Fusion Center
State: AL
Technology: Fusion Center
Vendor:

The Alabama Fusion 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.

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

The Montgomery 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.