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SDPD Update

The city of San Diego's Surveillance Ordinance which was passed last year requires the San Diego Police Department to inform the public and gather feedback about technology used that meets the criteria for surveillance. Please see below for information about upcoming meetings. The closest meeting to our area is on Friday, March 10, 2023

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

La Jolla Recreation Center

615 Prospect St.

San Diego, CA 92037 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, March 1, 2023 CONTACT: Ashley Bailey at SDPD to Hold Community Meetings on Smart Streetlight, License Plate Recognition Technology Use Proposal


San Diego – Starting Monday, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) will begin a series of community meetings designed to inform the public and gather feedback on a proposal to use Smart Streetlight and Automated License Plate Recognition technologies to investigate and solve crimes.

The meetings are in accordance with the City of San Diego’s Surveillance Ordinance that was passed in 2022, which details the requirements that every City department must adhere to for each technology that meets the criteria for surveillance.

SDPD uses various technologies to conduct investigations, enhance response to critical incidents and public threats, and safeguard the lives of community members that must comply with the ordinance.

One of the first proposals that the department will be bringing before the new Privacy Advisory Board established under the ordinance will be for Smart Streetlight and Automated License Plate Recognition technologies. Smart Streetlights, equipped with video cameras, have previously been used within the City of San Diego, however, were turned off in 2020 following requests for further definition of how they can be used.

The meetings will consist of a presentation outlining the capabilities of the two technologies and their use by the department including access, data storage and retention, the release of video collected, and more. There will also be time for community input and questions.

The following meetings are already scheduled. Any updates or changes to the meetings will be posted on the SDPD website.ATE




Monday, March 6, 2023

1 – 4 p.m.

Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library

3003 Coronado Ave.

San Diego, CA 92154

Monday, March 6, 2023

5 – 8 p.m.

Rancho Penasquitos Library

13330 Salmon River Rd.

San Diego, CA 92129

Tuesday, March 7,2023

1 – 3 p.m.

Education First Building – First Floor

Conference Room

3455 Kenyon St.

San Diego, CA 92110

Tuesday, March 7,2023

6 – 8:30p.m.

Balboa Park Club–

Santa Fe Room

2150 Pan American Rd. West

San Diego, CA 92101

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

1 – 3 p.m.

SDPD Mid-City Division

4310 Landis Street, San

Diego, CA 92105

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

5 – 7 p.m.

City View Church

8404 Phyllis Pl.

San Diego, CA 92123

Thursday, March 9, 2023

12 – 3 p.m.

Mira Mesa Library

8405 New Salem St.

San Diego, CA 92126

Thursday, March 9, 2023

5 – 7:30p.m.

Bridge Church

3714 Teak St.

San Diego, CA 92113

Friday, March 10, 2023

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

La Jolla Recreation Center

615 Prospect St.

San Diego, CA 92037

Those interested in joining the meetings are encouraged to review the presentation, use policies and other supporting materials on SDPD’s Technology webpage. Attendees should arrive early as space is limited.

In addition to the public meetings, SDPD, through its contract with Zen city, conducted a digital survey of trust and safety concerns related to Smart Streetlights and License Plate Recognition technology use by police. The results of that survey are posted in the supporting materials on the SDPD website.

If you are unable to attend the meetings in person, a recording of the presentation will be posted to the SDPD website later. You can also provide your input on the technologies through the department’s public comment portal.

Public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10.


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