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: Coping with hurricane anxiety

Experts at The University of Alabama not only tracked Irma’s path. They also tracked how you, the public, used the information about the storm leading up to its landfall. Dr. Laura Myers, director and senior research scientist for the Center for Advanced Public Safety says Hurricane Harvey’s wrath frightened many… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham)

In The News: App looks to keep UA members safe

Created specifically for The University of Alabama, the UA Safety app contains vital information and tools that members of the University community, Tuscaloosa community and campus visitors can use to remain safe and well-informed during emergency situations. The app boasts a wide array of practical features, according to SGA VP… Read more

Sources: Crimson White

In The News: 2017 Awards for Excellence in Public Safety GIS Recipients Recognized at the National Geospatial Preparedness Summit

The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce Major General William N. Reddel of the New Hampshire National Guard, Richard Butgereit of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, and Chad Council of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as recipients of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Public Safety GIS. Awards were… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), 93.7 The Eagle (Lubbock, Texas), WDAM 7 (Moselle, Mississippi) , WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia), Telemundo 2 Kasa , 9 and 10 News (Michigan) , NBC Right Now

In The News: CAPS receives grants to study traffic safety

Governor Kay Ivey’s office has awarded three grants worth nearly $2 million to the Center for Advanced Public Safety at The University of Alabama. The center will collect statewide traffic data, assist with the state highway safety plan and provide software for law enforcement. Funding will also help with a… Read more

Sources: WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Florence Times Daily, WAFF-NBC (Huntsville), WHNT-CBS (Huntsville), WSFA-NBC (Montgomery), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WDHN - Dothan First, State Scoop, Traffic Technology Today

In The News: Why do people keep driving through flood waters?

Just about every time we have major rain and flooding, we see people who try to plow through flood waters. They eventually get stuck and some have to be rescued. The big question is – why? “Because they want to get home,” Laura Myers said. Dr. Laura Myers is the Director… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 12 (Montgomery), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia)

College of Engineering hosts national geospatial summit

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama College of Engineering is set to host public-sector participants from federal, local, state and tribal governments for a three-day geospatial summit.  The 2017 National Geospatial Preparedness Summit is scheduled for Aug. 7-9 on the UA campus and is co-hosted by National Alliance for… Read more

In The News: Traffic changes draw critics, though experts urge caution

Sherry Smith stood in the parking lot Friday of the pediatrics office she manages in the Golden Springs Shopping Center and talked about the children who go there every day … David Brown, professor and research associate at the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety, in a message… Read more

Sources: Anniston Star

In The News: BUCKLE UP, SLOW DOWN: Statewide traffic enforcement movement begins next week

Drivers will want to put on their seat belts and put down their phones next week as Alabama law enforcement agencies crack down on speeding, seat belt usage and impaired and distracted driving. The July 17-23 movement is part of Southern Shield, a campaign by the Alabama Department of Economic… Read more

Sources: Athens News-Courier

In The News: Officials searching for answers as accident-prone stretch of U.S. 431 claims another life

Janet Tyson Prosser said Friday morning that the black tire marks outside her Anniston shop on U.S. 431 are all the evidence she needs that more should be done to make the highway safer. “I’m the one who calls 911,” Prosser said. “I’ve called them several times after accidents here.”… Read more

Sources: Anniston Star

In The News: State Trooper shortage in Alabama

If you drive Alabama’s roads, it’s hard not to notice who you don’t see much of: Alabama state troopers. You can drive for at least an hour in any direction without ever seeing one. It could be because they’re hiding, but most likely, it’s because there aren’t enough of them.… Read more

Sources: WAKA-CBS (Montgomery), WNCF-ABC (Montgomery)