About CAPS

The University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) is a rapidly expanding operation with a growing staff. Currently, CAPS has approximately 135 employees, including professional staff, faculty and students, and is supported by around 50 different research and development contracts. Its annual research expenditures exceed $10M.

While some of our work is associated with contracts in other states, CAPS believes strongly in being of service to its own State of Alabama. In this regard, CAPS is a close partner with state and local law enforcement in Alabama, and particularly the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs – Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division. The CARE software and many of its roadway safety planning functions are also supported by the Alabama Department of Transportation. CAPS also supports the Alabama Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division’s IT functions through software to manage vehicle registrations, titling and mandatory liability insurance enforcement. We appreciate the support of these agencies mentioned as well as all of our many other partner agencies.

CAPS’ strength comes from the technical abilities of its highly motivated staff. Being within a Computer Science Department of a major university has some tremendous advantages. CAPS’ staff is an optimal combination of professorial oversight and student zeal. Computer Science faculty members perform research on cutting-edge approaches to solving the many data and information problems, while a number of full time professionals direct software design and development.

At the same time, CAPS has the edge in identifying outstanding graduate and undergraduate students to participate on these projects, many of whom decide to stay after graduation. Students greatly enrich their educational process by having exciting real-world projects integrated right into their coursework. This synergism enables CAPS to be part of the educational process while expanding the frontiers of knowledge to deal with the current needs of law enforcement, transportation safety and homeland security.

Since its inception, CAPS has enjoyed exponential growth increasing its budget each year. CAPS is a very active and exciting operation with some of the best computer software technical expertise that can be found anywhere.

As a university, CAPS has access to the latest cutting edge equipment, software and talent to provide the ultimate state-of-the-art solution. And because CAPS is non-profit, CAPS’ costs are based on the time and effort required. This web site will inform you about CAPS’ many and diverse software products, research and outreach activities. Contact CAPS to discuss how our products and services can meet your needs.