New technology center provides big boost to Gulf Coast crime-fighting efforts

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Criminals beware! Mobile has a new state-of-the-art technology center that’s not only solving crime but also preventing it. 

The new Gulf Coast Technology Center combines investigators from all the regional police departments, Mobile and Baldwin County Sheriff’s Offices, and federal officials under one roof.

The U.S. Secret Service is lending their expertise and equipment to assist.

“Today we realize there’s not a single crime committed without leaving a digital footprint,” said Secret Service Agent Mike Williams.

Agent Williams says this new facility will help law enforcement officials track down and arrest criminals in all sorts of cases, not just ones that have a cyber element. 

“Whether it’s collecting data on cell phones, social media sites or surveillance cameras, we’re able to access potential evidence so we can solve crimes faster,” Williams said.

Mobile Public Safety Director James Barber is the one who initiated the collaboration with all the different entities both local and federal. 

“This facility will continue to push forward the goal of making Mobile the safest city.  Now we’re able to rapidly identify violent offenders along the Gulf Coast,” Director Barber said.

In addition to federal, state, regional and local law enforcement, there will be a collaboration with private companies and academia for not only training but assistance in various cases.

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