Normal Police reveal policy for use of license plate reading cameras

Flock Safety Automated License Plate Readers
Flock Safety Automated License Plate Readers(Flock Safety and Town of Normal)
Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 8:44 PM CDT
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NORMAL (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The Normal Police Department is trying to answer privacy concerns about Automated License Plate Readers before the town council votes later this month whether to buy the crime-fighting cameras.

Police on Friday shared the guidelines they developed “in an effort to continue full transparency with the community,” the department said in a news release.

The department pledges data obtained from the cameras won’t be shared or sold with third parties. The department said information will only be used to solve and reduce property and violent crimes, and are not intended for minor traffic or parking violations.

The policy states:

“The Procedures of the Normal Police Department will ensure the proper use of ALPR systems for the protection of the people and property of the Town of Normal, while maintaining the highest respect for the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of those whose data is collected by the system.”

Department members violating the policy face possible disciplinary action.

The entire policy is posted on the Town of Normal’s website.

Police said its policy is similar to those enacted by other Central Illinois police agencies.

The Normal Town Council during a work session last month listened to a presentation by vendor Flock Safety, which installed cameras in other communities including Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin, Bloomington and LeRoy.

Flock Safety presentation to Normal Town Council
Flock Safety presentation to Normal Town Council(Flock Safety and Town of Normal)

The council is expected to vote on buying the cameras and adopting the policy at its July 18 meeting.

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