Alabama Department of Homeland Security http://apr.org en Ala. House Panel Votes To Allow Hiring Officers http://apr.org/post/ala-house-panel-votes-allow-hiring-officers <P>An Alabama House committee has passed a bill that will allow school systems to hire trained resource officers to provide security in their schools and for the school system to pay for the cost of training and hiring the officers.</P> <P>The director of Alabama's Department of Homeland Security, Spencer Collier, said it's a way of insuring that Alabama student are safe when at school.</P> <P>"To get people trained as police officers is the best way to make sure schools are safe," Collier said.</P> <P>The House Education Policy Committee voted Tuesday to pass the legislation to allow sch Tue, 07 May 2013 21:39:13 +0000 The Associated Press 29923 at http://apr.org Ala. House Panel Votes To Allow Hiring Officers Hackers Got Personal Info From State Computers http://apr.org/post/hackers-got-personal-info-state-computers <P>Some state employees and vendors who do business with the state are being notified that their personal information was accessed when hackers infiltrated a state computer system.</P> <P>The state Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that it was making the notifications, but wouldn't say how many state employees or vendors were affected. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 22:02:40 +0000 The Associated Press 27957 at http://apr.org Hackers Got Personal Info From State Computers Panel Oks Taking Guns To Range With No Permits http://apr.org/post/panel-oks-taking-guns-range-no-permits <P>An Alabama House committee has approved a bill to allow a person to carry a pistol in his or her vehicle without a permit if the person is going to a range to practice firing the weapon.</P> <P>The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted 5-3 in favor of the bill. It is opposed by some law enforcement officials who have argued it would give criminals a way to get around the law requiring them to have a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:18:12 +0000 The Associated Press 25751 at http://apr.org Panel Oks Taking Guns To Range With No Permits Bentley to Discuss Law Enforcement Efficiency Plan http://apr.org/post/bentley-discuss-law-enforcement-efficiency-plan <DIV> <P>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans a news conference to detail a plan for "increasing efficiency" among state-level law enforcement agencies.</P> <P>Bentley plans to sign an executive order creating the position of Senior Law Enforcement Adviser. Bentley said in a news release Monday that Alabama Department of Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier will serve in this role and will help coordinate activities among state law enforcement agencies.</P> <P>The Republican governor has scheduled a news conference for 10:30 a.m. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:11:37 +0000 The Associated Press 23520 at http://apr.org Bentley to Discuss Law Enforcement Efficiency Plan