MuckRock recently learned about Huntington Park, California’s “RoboCop.” Help us learn if your local police are looking to purchase a new robo-officer.
Huntington Park’s new “RoboCop” stores pedestrians’ faces, scans license plates, and costs $8,000 a month to run
Back in June, the Huntington Park Police Department in California announced the newest addition to the force: A 400-pound security robot dubbed “HP RoboCop.” According to recently released materials, the agency is paying $8,000 a month for the robot, which has several previously unreported features, such as facial and license plate recognition.
How are police departments using license plate reader technology? Your feedback is helping us find out
Over 100 additional requests related to police departments’ use of automated license plate recognition technology have been submitted to government agencies identified by MuckRock readers as needing further scrutiny.
Data Driven: Explore how cops are collecting and sharing our travel patterns using automated license plate readers
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and MuckRock have filed hundreds of public records requests with law enforcement agencies around the country to reveal how data collected from automated license plate readers is used to track the travel patterns of drivers. Today we are releasing records obtained from 200 agencies, accounting for more than 2.5 -billion license plate scans in 2016 and 2017.
We have also provided the entire dataset as a CSV file that can be reviewed in various software programs, such as Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. The spreadsheet is far more sortable than the table and includes various tabs that give greater information about each of the different fields.