Surveillance, Investigative Tools and Privacy

The Police Department continues to work with our community partners, residents and businesses toward the goal of a safer city. We have acquired and introduced a number of surveillance and investigative tools to the department as technology advancements have been made in regards to surveillance and investigative tools. Police purchased Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs), a public safety camera system and body worn cameras.

Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR): ALPRs are mounted on three police vehicles as a means to combat crime and specifically to address resident’s concerns over gang violence.

Public Safety Camera System: A Public Safety Camera System was purchased and are located at four intersections in Menlo Park as a means to combat crime and specifically to address resident’s concerns over gang violence.

Body Warn Cameras: All Menlo Park police employees working in the community have been wearing body cameras since 2014 in an effort to strengthen officers’ performance and accountability, enhance department transparency, document encounters with the public, and investigate and resolve complaints and officer-involved incidents.

Video surveillance in public areas will be conducted in a legal and ethical manner while recognizing and protecting constitutional standards of privacy.