Alabama Department of Public Safety
Courtesy, Service, and Protection since 1935
Skip Navigation Links
Divisions Skip Navigation Links

Alerts
Skip Navigation Links

Quick Links
Skip Navigation Links

External Links
Skip Navigation Links
Skip Navigation Links
Skip Navigation Links
Skip Navigation Links
Skip Navigation Links
Skip Navigation Links
Skip Navigation Links
Skip Navigation Links
Skip Navigation Links

Divisions


The Alabama Department of Public Safety is a full-fledged, statewide law enforcement agency comprising five divisions: Administrative, State Bureau of Investigations, Driver License, Highway Patrol, Service, and Special Projects.

Administrative Division


All other divisions of the Department of Public Safety are served by the Administrative Division, which implements policies and procedures and provides a variety of functions necessary to the smooth operation of the department.

State Bureau of Investigations Division


The State Bureau of Investigations is the investigative division of the Department of Public Safety. The SBI is responsible for conducting criminal and drug investigations, often in support of city, county, state, federal, and foreign law enforcement agencies. SBI provides assistance in crime scene processing, searches, latent print examination, polygraph examinations, technical surveillance, bomb squad services, hostage negotiation, marijuana eradication, and Internet Crimes Against Children. The Criminal Information Center of the SBI is responsible for the maintenance, storage, analysis, and dissemination of criminal activity information. The CIC also operates the Alabama Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Sex Offender Registry Unit.

Driver License Division


The Driver License Division is responsible for testing and keeping records on Alabama’s licensed drivers. These records include crash reports, traffic arrest forms, driver license applications and traffic violation convictions. In addition to administering the written and road skills driver license examinations to commercial and noncommercial drivers, the division is responsible for the application of penalties that may result in the revocation or suspension of a driver license.

Highway Patrol Division


The Highway Patrol Division comprises seven Highway Patrol troops made up of 14 Highway Patrol posts and communications centers. It is the largest of the six divisions that form the Department of Public Safety, accounting for approximately 65 percent of the total number of arresting officers in the department.

Service Division


The Service Division is responsible for providing training, supplies, equipment, assistance and other special services necessary to the effective operation of the Department of Public Safety. Many of these services are made available to other law enforcement agencies and state departments.

Special Projects Division


The Special Projects Division serves to assist the Director of Public Safety in the coordination of all special events and assignments that require the use of personnel and equipment from multiple divisions of the Department of Public Safety. Special Projects personnel work to implement a well-coordinated response to large-scale events and natural disasters, ensuring that adequate resources are deployed to these needs without compromising the ability of the agency to provide normal day-to-day services. Special Projects personnel serve as a liaison between the Department of Public Safety and other state agencies, coordinating joint efforts and providing for an efficient sharing of resources and personnel to best meet the needs of the people of Alabama.

The Special Projects Division is responsible for planning and research activities, working to ensure that Alabama State Troopers, Capitol Police Officers and support personnel of the department are utilizing the most effective tactics and equipment to provide for the public safety needs of Alabama citizens. Special Projects personnel work closely with counterparts in other state agencies and in surrounding states to ensure that Alabama is prepared for a coordinated response to large-scale events affecting multiple jurisdictions.

The Departments of Public Safety’s Headquarters Communications Center is housed within the Special Projects Division. This modern telecommunications center provides interoperable radio communications throughout the state of Alabama in support of the regional Highway Patrol Dispatch Offices, and it provides day-to -day communications needs for the officers of the Capitol Police Unit.
John E. Richardson
Colonel
John E. Richardson

Jack  Clark
Lieutenant Colonel
Jack Clark


Alabama Department of Public Safety
© 2014 Alabama Department of Public Safety
Alabama Resources: Alabama.gov | Alerts | Directory | Feeds | Governor | Media | Online Services
Translation Resources: Translate Site to Spanish Spanish | Translate Site to German German | Translate Site to Korean Korean | Translate Site to Japanese Japanese