Alabama Department of Homeland Security

School Security
4:39 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Ala. House Panel Votes To Allow Hiring Officers

An Alabama House panel has voted to allow the hiring of trained resource officers to provide security in schools.
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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.


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.


"To get people trained as police officers is the best way to make sure schools are safe," Collier said.

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State Computers Hacked
5:02 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Hackers Got Personal Info From State Computers

Some state employees and vendors are being notified that hackers accessed their personal information.
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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.


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. The department says the hackers accessed personal information such as names, Social Security numbers and taxpayer identification numbers, but they didn't access taxpayer records or tax returns.

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Pistol Permits
4:18 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Panel Oks Taking Guns To Range With No Permits

An Alabama House committee has approved a bill to allow people to carry a pistol in his or her vehicle without a permit if going to the gun range.

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.


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. Some sheriffs have said it would reduce the amount of money their departments receive from selling pistol permits.

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Politics & Government
7:11 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Bentley to Discuss Law Enforcement Efficiency Plan

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans a news conference to detail a plan for "increasing efficiency" among state-level law enforcement agencies.


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.

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