The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is relatively young. It was formed on January 1, 2015, when twelve state law enforcement agencies merged together to create one. There are approximately 550 staff and 250 police officers employed by Alabama's Law Enforcement Agency.

Alabama Police Divisions

The state of Alabama has multiple divisions in existence after the merger. There are currently twelve departments, each with specific duties to protect and serve Alabama citizens.

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board upholds the laws for the sale of alcohol, tobacco and methamphetamine precursors (which were added in 2006). Licensing, distribution and regulation of these products are handled through the ABC, as well as security detail for the Governor's office.

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security is part of the state's executive branch and works with local and national agencies to defend Alabama against terrorism. Within the department itself, there are four divisions that manage different tasks to keep citizens safe.

The Office of Prosecution Services Computer Forensic Laboratories is available to preserve and present evidence for investigation or prosecution of crimes.

Additionally, the Alabama Department of Public Safety works to prevent crimes, enforce laws, find missing persons and manage safe roadways. Deputies working for this department are trained to meet the highest standards of law enforcement to serve and protect Alabama citizens.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation works in conjunction with other departments to support the criminal justice system of the state.

The Alabama Marine Police are trained to patrol waterways to ensure safety and supervise the registration and licensure of non-commercial boats. These officers also work to inform the public of boater safety regulations and laws. In 2003 the Marine Police merged administration with the Wildlife and Fresh Water Fisheries Division.

Alabama has a specific agency dedicated to gathering and providing critical information to the justice department and law enforcement. The Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center is open 24 hours a day year-round to update the criminal justice network.

Working alongside the Department of Homeland Security is the Alabama Fusion Center. This department was created following the attacks of September 11, 2001 specifically to counter terror attacks.

Requesting Alabama Police Records

To receive a copy of a criminal record, a cashier's check or money order for $25 may be sent along with the proper completed application to the:

Records and Identification Division

Attn: Background Checks

P.O. Box 1511

Montgomery, Alabama 36102-1511

Additional copies are $5 and applicants may only request their own records.