Facial Recognition Systems (San Diego Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the San Diego County Sheriff of San Diego County, CA.
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From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code ยงยง 6250), I hereby request the following records:

Facial recognition systems are increasingly utilized by law enforcement agencies. This allows officers to quickly identify persons of interest through the use of an extensive database and a tool such as FaceFirst.

I would like for this request:

-any contractual documents including purchase orders, delivery orders, bids, quotes, RFPs, responses to RFPs, invoices and contracts with facial recognition companies like FaceFirst Inc., Face Searcher by Allevate Limited, Face-VACS by Cognitec Systems GmbH, First Line Facial Recognition by Blue Line Technology, any products by Animetrics, SCRAM remote breath by Alcohol Monitoring Systems, or MegaMatcher by Neurotechnology. Other systems may also be used, such as the system developed by the FBI.

-any policies or guidelines about the use of facial recognition technology

-any grant applications or reports to any oversight bodies

-The total number of individuals who have been identified through the use of facial recognition systems over the last three years

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Curtis Waltman

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: San Diego County Sheriff

Good morning,

Your request has been received and will be processed accordingly. Please note that requests are processed in the order they are received and responses may take up to 10 days.

Thank you,

Red Tibayan

Records & ID Clerk

Records Division

858-974-2110 Phone

858-974-2122 Fax

From: San Diego County Sheriff

Dear Mr. Waltman:

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is in receipt of a follow-up email from February 9, inquiring about the status of a CPRA request that was supposedly sent to the Sheriff's Department on March 31, 2017.

It appears from the body of the request that this CPRA was intended for the San Diego Police Department, not the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, as evidenced by the highlighted portions below, and by the fact the original request was never received by the Sheriff's Department.

The Sheriff's Department will take no further action on this request unless and until you respond to this email and indicate that the request is intended for the Sheriff's Department. Please direct any responses to this email address.



By: Sanford A. Toyen, Legal Advisor

Office of the Sheriff, Legal Affairs Unit

"Keeping the Peace Since 1850"