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Documenting Police Tech
in Our Communities
  • ? 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
Montgomery Police Department Montgomery Montgomery County AL Gunshot Detection ShotSpotter
The Montgomery Police Department began using ShotSpotter gunshot detection technology in 2009.

Links:
News article (Business Wire )

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

The Montgomery Police Department began using ShotSpotter gunshot detection technology in 2009.

Alabama Motor Vehicle Division Montgomery Montgomery County AL Face Recognition
Alabama’s Motor Vehicle Division responds to face recognition requests from FBI’s FACE Services.

Links:
Nonprofit report (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Government information (Government Accountability Office)

Agency: Alabama Motor Vehicle Division
State: AL
Technology: Face Recognition
Vendor:

Alabama’s Motor Vehicle Division responds to face recognition requests from FBI’s FACE Services.

Montgomery Police Department Montgomery Montgomery County AL Real-Time Crime Center
The Montgomery Police Department oeprates the River Region Strategic Technology and Resource Center, which collects data from surveillance cameras and other data sources.

Links:
News article (WAFF49)

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

The Montgomery Police Department oeprates the River Region Strategic Technology and Resource Center, which collects data from surveillance cameras and other data sources.

Moody Police Department Moody St. Clair County AL Automated License Plate Readers Flock Safety
The Moody Police Department leases Flock Safety automated license plate readers from the Alabama Power Company.

Links:
Public records (Muckrock)

Agency: Moody Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Automated License Plate Readers
Vendor: Flock Safety

The Moody Police Department leases Flock Safety automated license plate readers from the Alabama Power Company.

Mountain Brook Police Department Mountain Brook Jefferson County AL Drones Yuneec
The Mountain Brook Police Department operates one Yuneec Typhoon 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: Mountain Brook Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: Yuneec

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

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

The Mountain Brook 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.

Coffee County Sheriff's Office New Brockton Coffee County AL Drones DJI
The Coffee 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: Coffee County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Coffee 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.

Lee County Sheriff's Office Opelika Lee County AL Drones DJI
The Lee 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: Lee County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Lee 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.

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

The Oxford 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.

Oxford Police Department Oxford Calhoun County, Talladega County AL Predictive Policing PredPol
The Oxford Police Department started using PredPol predictive policing software in 2015.

Links:
News article (Alabama)
News article (abc 3340)

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

The Oxford Police Department started using PredPol predictive policing software in 2015.

Oxford Police Department Oxford Calhoun County, Talladega County AL Real-Time Crime Center
The Oxford Police Department opened the East Metro Area Crime Center in May 2019.

Links:
News article (6WBRC)

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

The Oxford Police Department opened the East Metro Area Crime Center in May 2019.

Oxford Police Department Oxford Calhoun County, Talladega County AL Real-Time Crime Center
The Oxford Police Department opened the East Metro Area Crime Center in March 2019.

Links:
News article (6WBRC)

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

The Oxford Police Department opened the East Metro Area Crime Center in March 2019.

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

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

Pelham Police Department Pelham Shelby County AL Drones Yuneec
The Pelham Police Department operates two Yuneec drones 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: Pelham Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: Yuneec

The Pelham Police Department operates two Yuneec drones as of 2017, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Russell County Sheriff's Office Phenix City Russell County AL Drones DJI
The Russell County Sheriff's Office operates one DJI Phantom drone as of 2014, 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: Russell County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Russell County Sheriff's Office operates one DJI Phantom drone as of 2014, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Priceville Police Department Priceville Morgan County AL Drones DJI
The Priceville Police Department 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: Priceville Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

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

Rainbow City Police Department Rainbow City Etowah County AL Drones
The Rainbow City 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: Rainbow City Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor:

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

Russellville Police Department Russellville Franklin County AL Drones
The Russellville 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: Russellville Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor:

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

Dallas County Sheriff's Office Selma Dallas County AL Drones DJI
The Dallas County Sheriff's Office's Department 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: Dallas County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

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

Selma Police Department Selma Dallas County AL Drones DJI
The Selma Police Department operates four DJI drones as of 2014, 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: Selma Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Selma Police Department operates four DJI drones as of 2014, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Southside Police Department Southside Etowah County AL Drones DJI
The Southside Police Department operates one DJI Mavic 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: Southside Police Department
State: AL
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

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

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

The Talladega County Sheriff's Office operates one DJI Inspire drone as of 2017, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

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

The Talladega 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.

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

The Trussville 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.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa County AL Body-worn Cameras
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $30,000 to the Tuscaloosa 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: Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office
State: AL
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor:

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $30,000 to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office in 2018 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.