The City of Dayton has approved funding to purchase police department body cameras and new equipment to expand its automatic license plate reader program.
Many community members say that a camera worn on the body can increase transparency, accountability and trust in law enforcement, while also providing other evidence to assist in criminal prosecutions.
The Dayton Police Department also obtained authorization to purchase new automatic license plate readers for its 120 marked cruisers, and the police also planned to install fixed license plate readers in certain locations in the city.
However, police and city officials say that these devices can only be activated before the city leaders approve the parameters for reviewing the new surveillance technology.
Some citizens and advocacy groups expressed that they worry that without proper supervision licenses, readers may track and monitor people's movements and whereabouts, and data may be misused.
Dayton’s Latino Unidos vice chairman Jennie Valdez said: “The chances of potential mistakes are too great. Recently, the organization recently hosted an online discussion on police surveillance, transparency and accountability. "The other thing we are very concerned about is the data collected, where the data goes, who stores the data and who it shares with. "
But Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph (Matt Joseph) said that the committee recognizes that community members do have concerns about privacy and data, and the city is working to develop and pass legislation that clearly defines a new process for reviewing and approving surveillance technology.
Joseph said that New York City will strengthen regulations on data collection from new devices, and New York City will work to provide opinions on new technologies, educate and collect community feedback.
Joseph said: "These (license plate readers) still need to go through the public notification and comment process before they are put into use."
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