Center for Advanced Public Safety

The Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) is an applied research center focused on the integration of technology into real-world problems that impact public safety and well-being. CAPS develops new technology for police officers, emergency medical units, and for government business units that support criminal justice, transportation, human services, vehicle tax registration, and collection and a host of related services.   With the provision of cutting edge technology that impacts lives in so many different ways, we engage in engineering and applied social/behavioral science research made possible by technology-produced substrate data.  To support this applied research, we also maintain a strong basic research stream in data analytics and the computing technology needed to support big data in society.

In The News: Some defy mandatory evacuation order despite looming threat of Hurricane Florence

Anita Harrell says the challenge of gathering up and transporting eight pets means she’ll be ignoring the mandatory evacuation order issued to the residents of Wilmington, N.C., as powerful Hurricane Florence threatens to wreak havoc on the state … But part of the problem is that no two hurricanes are ever… Read more

Sources: MSN.com, World PRO News

In The News: Universty of Alabama and Auburn awarded grant to study traffic

The University of Alabama is teaming up with Auburn University to conduct a new state-wide traffic study, and it’s all about keeping Alabamians safer on the roadways. Alabama and Auburn will join forces with the Alabama Department of Public Health to take information from that study and then convert it… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), WSFA-NBC (Montgomery), WAFF-NBC (Huntsville)

In The News: Supervisors Fund New Position to Work on Santa Barbara County Emergency Preparedness, Outreach

The Board of Supervisors funded a community outreach liaison on Tuesday, and the new position will work on Santa Barbara County emergency-preparedness efforts … There is another survey asking for input on emergency messaging for the Thomas Fire and Jan. 9 Montecito debris flow, which is being conducted by the University of… Read more

Sources: Nooz Hawk

In The News: 17 AL counties awarded highway safety grants

Nearly one-million dollars in grants have been awarded to law enforcement agencies across the southeastern portion of the state by Gov. Kay Ivey, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs reports … The extra enforcement will cover impaired driving and excessive speed “hotspots” as identified by the University of… Read more

Sources: NBC 12 (Montgomery), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia), NBC 15 (Mobile)

In The News: Walt Maddox announces public safety plan

According to the State Troopers Association, fewer than 300 Troopers patrol the entire state, a number that should be closer to 750 according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), and should be more than 1000 according to the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama. Read more

Sources: Alabama Today, Yellowhammer News

In The News: Public Survey Exposes Montecito Debris Flow Communication Failures

Early results of an ongoing public survey to measure the effectiveness of warning messages issued ahead of and during the deadly 1/9 Debris Flow reveal significant failures by Santa Barbara County officials to properly alert Montecito residents to the dangers they faced. The study is being conducted by the University… Read more

Sources: Santa Barbara (California) Independent, NBC 6 (San Luis Obispo, California)

In The News: New UA study looks at seatbelt, crash statistics

A new University of Alabama study shows a person not wearing a seatbelt in a car crash is 40 times more likely to die than those who buckle up. Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), WDAM 7 (Moselle, Mississippi), WTOC 11 (Savannah, Georgia), NBC 5 (Memphis, Tennessee), NBC 12 (Montgomery), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia), ABC 10 (Albany, Georgia), WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Phys.org, ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), WAFF-NBC (Huntsville), WSFA-NBC (Montgomery), Yellowhammer News, OA Now, ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), KFVS-CBS (Paducah, Kentucky), Alabama Today, The Columbian (Washington), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WYDE-FM (Birmingham), WPMI-NBC (Mobile), Alabama News Center

In The News: April 27, 2011: Why did so many die that day?

Two hundred fifty-three. Even seven years later the death toll from a historic tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011, is staggering. Two hundred fifty-three people, people of all ages and walks of life, lost their lives as a direct result of the storms that day, according to the National Weather Service… Read more

Sources: Al.com