Anniston, Alabama

Anniston Police Officers

Anniston Police Patch

Site LE Agency
Anniston Police Department

Site Researcher
Richards Davis, PhD & Kay Lang, PhD, Jacksonville State University

Site Focus
Part I Property Crimes Reduction, Detection of Offenders Increase, Improve Property Crime Clearance Rates

SPI Strategy
Hot Spots Policing with Technology Integration, Media Campaign

Site Cohort

Site Profile
Small urban area of 45.83 sq. miles with a population of 21,569

Project Overview

During the first year of the program, work will focus on establishing methods of data collection and means of effectively communicating data to the research/analysis entity. In addition, APD will purchase and activate the technology equipment requested through this project at a location based on data analysis. During the second and third years of the program, APD will continue work with JSU to more effectively deploy equipment and personnel. APD will focus on improving the collection of evidence to assist the State District Attorney in expediting prosecution of offenders. Data will be evaluated every quarter and decisions on the value of continuing with the strategy or abandoning it will be discussed by all involved.

Data Highlight

  • Anniston's unemployment rate in 2019 was 5.3 percent, compared to the state of Alabama at 3.7 percent and the national average at 3.8 percent.
  • In 2017, Anniston's violent crime index was 3,434 per 100,000, compared to the state of Alabama at 524 per 100,000. 
  • Increase of Property I crimes of 24 percent from 2017 to 2018, with Motor Vehicle Thefts increasing 41 percent and thefts increasing 58 percent.