Intelligence Division

Intelligence Division Lieutenant
Lt. John Simonson
jsimonson@orangebeachal.gov

Tactical/Analytical Intelligence

The Intelligence Division is responsible for gathering, storing, evaluating, and distributing criminal intelligence information. This information is collected for the purpose of identifying criminal patterns, trend developments, identification of suspects, and identifying officer safety issues.

 The division serves as a network between our agency and outside agencies. We work closely with other intelligence officers and analysts in neighboring states to combat any criminal patterns that are identified. Any information that pertains to our city or criminal cases within our city is disseminated to the patrol officers or investigators that have been assigned to the cases. 

Our division manages a community outreach program, also known as Project Shield. Project Shield is a public-private partnership that originated in the City of Mobile, through the Mobile Police Department Cyber-Intelligence Unit. This partnership allows law enforcement and first responders access to IP-based live video feeds and camera systems during times of critical emergency and investigation. We are always looking for more productive and efficient ways to protect our community. This program gives us an opportunity to have a closer relationship with residents and business owners within the City of Orange Beach. If you have any interest in becoming a member of Project Shield, please contact Lieutenant John Simonson at 251.981.3582 or jsimonson@orangebeachal.gov

If you have any information that you would like our department to be notified about (drug activity, suspect info, etc.) please contact our Intelligence Division at 251-981-1018 or obintel@orangebeachal.gov

Communications

The communications division is the link between the citizens who need law enforcement assistance and the officers who respond to the citizens’ requests. Dispatchers are trained to listen to callers, extract specific information about the situation and relay that information as quickly as possible to the officer, all while keeping the safety of the caller and the officers a top priority. Once a call is received, the dispatcher determines what type of crime is occurring and enters the call into the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) System. The CAD system allows for officers to be dispatched in a timely manner. The CAD system incorporates a geographical street index, warrant checks, call histories, tracking and statistical reporting used for the purpose of assisting the police department and officers responding to calls for service