Criminals who strike farms, homes and businesses, and timber forests in rural Alabama are in the cross hairs of an elite group of law enforcement officers taking aim at country crime.
The Alabama Legislature authorized the Alabama Agricultural and Rural Crime Unit as part of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Members of the unit were selected for their extensive law enforcement training and experience, along with their passion for rural Alabama.
It will not replace sheriffs’ and police departments, but will enhance and reinforce their efforts.
The ARCU will use the Alabama Fusion Center, which is responsible for gathering tips and suspicious activity reports. The reports are analyzed and information is provided to Alabama law enforcement and homeland security officials, first responders, private sector security personnel and other stakeholders.
Officers in the unit live across the state, providing a network with local law enforcement officers.