automated license plate recognition

The Alameda Police Department is taking fresh steps toward implementing new technology that scans thousands of license plates in search of stolen cars and crime suspects.

The department has issued a draft policy for use of automated license plate readers they hope to buy and is hosting a public forum to discuss their plans, at 6:30 p.m. February 3 in the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street. The council will consider the policy at a to-be-scheduled meeting.

An audience of mostly swimmers packs Alameda's City Hall on Tuesday.

The City Council unanimously gave Alameda police a green light Tuesday to pursue funding for systems that will photograph and store data on tens of thousands of license plates – but said they want clear policies for the storage and use of that data in place before they allow the department to buy them.

“I would feel more comfortable approving this as a council member if I knew what policies were going to apply,” Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft said.