The San Diego Police Department uses a variety of technologies to conduct investigations, enhance response to critical incidents, address public threats and safeguard the lives of community members.
All technologies used by SDPD defined as "Surveillance Technology" by the Transparent and Responsible Use of Surveillance Technology Ordinance are available for community review on this page.
NOTE: This page will be updated as new information is made available. Check back frequently for any changes.
The City of San Diego's Surveillance Ordinance amended and added Chapter 2, Article 10 of the San Diego Municipal Code on August 10, 2022. The ordinance is designed to provide greater transparency to City Council and the public when the City acquires any technology that meets the City's definition of surveillance.
The Surveillance Ordinance requires that for each technology that meets the criteria for surveillance, City departments must:
- Prepare a Surveillance Use Policy that includes the purpose, use, data collection, data access, data protection, data retention, public access, third-party data sharing, training, auditing and oversight, and maintenance.
- Hold at least one or more community meetings in each City Council district where the proposed surveillance technology is deployed, with an opportunity for public comment and written response. City Council may require departments to conduct additional community engagement on the technology.
- Prepare a Surveillance Impact Report including description, purpose, location, impact assessment, mitigations, data types and sources, data security, fiscal cost, third-party dependence, alternatives, track record, and public engagement and comments.
- Present the item to the Privacy Advisory Board for review.
- Present the item to City Council for the acquisition and deployment of all new and currently-used surveillance technologies.
- Provide annual reports on surveillance technology use, impact, and non-surveillance technology acquisitions.
List of SDPD Technologies
Click to view documents related to each technology.
- 3500 Genetic Analyzer
- 836 Technologies CINT Commander II
- 836 Technologies Tactical Throw Phone
- Acecore Zoe Unmanned Aircraft System
- Airship Video Management System
- Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
- Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR)
- Avalex DVR and FLIR-HDc
- AXON Body Worn Camera
- Berla iVE
- Brinc Lemur-S Unmanned Aircraft System
- California Pawn and Secondhand Dealer System
- California Sex and Arson Registry (CSAR)
- Camera Trailer Camera System
- Cellebrite Universal Forensics Extraction
- City Administration Building Security Cameras
- Code5Group GPS Bike
- CODIS Software
- Covert Audio Recording Device (Record and Transmit Audio)
- Covert Audio Recording Device (Record Audio Only)
- Covert Audiovisual Recording Device
- Covert Cloud-Based Mobile Application
- Dejero Downlink Transmission System
- DJI Avata Unmanned Aircraft System
Previous Community Presentations
This playlist contains video recordings from previous community meetings regarding surveillance technology.