El Cerrito Police Dept. Agreements with other agencies


Contra Costa County District Attorney 633.8 PC Statement on warrantless use of eavesdropping device, September 21, 2011

Department of Homeland Security HSI Overtime Agreement, October 4, 2012

Homeland Security MOU, December 18, 2012

Immigration and Customs Enforcement MOU, April 8, 2013

West Contra Costa County Narcotic Enforcement Team WEST Net MOU, Nov 2013-Dec 2014

Defense Department 1033 Certification Package, 2014

Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Agreement, January 19, 2015

Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Cost Reimbursement Agreement, 2015

FBI Safe Streets East Bay Task Force, 2016

Contra Costa County Sheriff Mutual Aid Agreement, 2017

Source: California Public Records Act request, August 9, 2017. Response received September 7, 2017.

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According to documents from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), it has purchased 216 Vigilant Video license plate readers between June 2011 and April 2015. In addition, an undated document on automated license plate reader statistics indicates that there were 86,899 alerts for 27,545,659 license plate reads, a hit percentage of 0.3%. In other words, 99.7% of the data gathered by the CHP’s license plate readers was essentially mass surveillance on people not suspected of or charged with a crime.

The license plate readers were purchased using homeland security funds in batches of 120 on June 30, 2011, 73 on February 13, 2012, and 23 on March 9, 2012. The bid specifications are dated June 27, 2011, and the contract was from February 6, 2012, to February 5, 2015. The total cost of the license plate readers was just over $2 million ($2,050,644.01).

Section 2413(b) of the California Vehicle Code states, “The Department of the California Highway Patrol may retain license plate data captured by a license plate reader (LPR) for no more than 60 days, except in circumstances when the data is being used as evidence or for all felonies being investigated, including, but not limited to, auto theft, homicides, kidnaping, burglaries, elder and juvenile abductions, Amber Alerts, and Blue Alerts.”

Here are some photos of the Vigilant Video license plate readers mounted on a CHP Ford Explorer:


CHP Ford Explorer with Vigilant Video license plate readers


CHP Ford Explorer with Vigilant Video license plate readers


Top view of Vigilant Video license plate reader mounted on CHP Ford Explorer.

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