In September, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department began a one-year pilot program that includes four camera-equipped drones. Despite urging from the ACLU that the Sheriff’s Department first seek input from the public and the County Board of Supervisors, it did neither.
The bulk of the public conversation about the Operation Secure San Diego program has been limited to recruiting people with private cameras to join in – not outlining how police can safeguard people’s privacy.
Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling brings to the forefront some of the challenges and opportunities for police to tap new technology while tackling crime. Here are a few ways we’ve seen SDPD wrestle with these advancements.
Body cameras have the potential to be a transparency win for both police and the public. But they’ve got to be deployed with some strong policies to avoid becoming yet another intrusive or ineffective surveillance system.