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  • ? Cameras attached to fixed locations or to patrol cars that are used to track license plates.
  • ? Video cameras that police attach to their uniforms to record interactions with the public.
  • ? A voluntary registry of privacy security cameras people have installed on their properties.
  • ? Devices that masquerade as legitimate cell-phone towers to surveillance people's phones.
  • ? Remote-controlled aerial vehicles that police use to gather footage from the sky.
  • ? Software that can identify or verify the identity of an individual using their face.
  • ? Intelligence centers that enable information sharing between local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal agencies.
  • ? A system of acoustic sensors mounted on street lights or on the sides of buildings that passively listen for gunshots.
  • ? Software that suggests neighborhoods or individuals for further law enforcement attention.
  • ? Real-Time Crime Centers are hubs where police ingest and analyze surveillance video, intelligence, and data from a number of sources in real-time.
  • ? Police negotiate partnerships with Ring to promote home surveillance devices and neighborhood watch app to private residents.
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Washington State Patrol Olympia Thurston County WA Automated License Plate Readers
The Washington State Patrol has used automated license plate readers since at least 2015.

Links:
News article (Q13 Fox)

Agency: Washington State Patrol
State: WA
Technology: Automated License Plate Readers
Vendor:

The Washington State Patrol has used automated license plate readers since at least 2015.

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Orchard Kitsap County WA Automated License Plate Readers
The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office has used automated license plate readers since at least 2013.

Links:
News article (Seattle Times)

Agency: Kitsap County Sheriff's Office
State: WA
Technology: Automated License Plate Readers
Vendor:

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office has used automated license plate readers since at least 2013.

Pasco Police Department Pasco Franklin County WA Body-worn Cameras
The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $140,225 to the Pasco Police Department in 2018 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

Links:
Government information (U.S Department of Justice)

Agency: Pasco Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor:

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded $140,225 to the Pasco Police Department in 2018 as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's body-worn camera grant program.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office Pasco Franklin County WA Drones DJI
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office operates one DJI Matrice 210 drone as of 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Franklin County Sheriff's Office
State: WA
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office operates one DJI Matrice 210 drone as of 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Port Orchard Kitsap County WA Drones DJI
The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office operates one DJI Mavic drone as of 2018, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Kitsap County Sheriff's Office
State: WA
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office operates one DJI Mavic drone as of 2018, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Poulsbo Police Department Poulsbo Kitsap County WA Drones DJI
The Poulsbo Police Department operates one DJI Mavic drone as of 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Poulsbo Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Poulsbo Police Department operates one DJI Mavic drone as of 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Pullman Police Department Pullman Whitman County WA Drones DJI
The Pullman Police Department operates four DJI drones as of 2017, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Pullman Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Pullman Police Department operates four DJI drones as of 2017, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Redmond Police Department Redmond King County WA Drones
The Redmond Police Department operates two drones as of 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Redmond Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Drones
Vendor:

The Redmond Police Department operates two drones as of 2019, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Renton Police Department Renton King County WA Drones DJI, Autel Robotics
The Renton Police Department operates five drones as of 2016, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Renton Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI, Autel Robotics

The Renton Police Department operates five drones as of 2016, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Renton Police Department Renton King County WA Camera Registry
The Renton Police Department maintains a voluntary registry of private and personal surveillance cameras.

Links:
Government information (City of Renton)

Agency: Renton Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Camera Registry
Vendor:

The Renton Police Department maintains a voluntary registry of private and personal surveillance cameras.

Renton Police Department Renton King County WA Automated License Plate Readers
The Renton Police Department uses automated license plate readers.

Links:
Government information (City of Renton)

Agency: Renton Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Automated License Plate Readers
Vendor:

The Renton Police Department uses automated license plate readers.

Adams County Sheriff's Office Ritzville Adams County WA Drones DJI
The Adams County Sheriff's Office operates one DJI Inspire drone as of 2016, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Adams County Sheriff's Office
State: WA
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Adams County Sheriff's Office operates one DJI Inspire drone as of 2016, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Sea-Tac Airport Seattle King County WA Face Recognition
The Sea-Tac Airport is one of 18 airports where Customs and Border Protection is using face recognition technology as of March 2019. An executive order signed by Pres. Trump in 2019 requires Customs and Border Protection to install face recognition technology at the United States' top 20 airports by 2021.

Links:
News article (Buzzfeed)
News article (TechCrunch)

Agency: U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Sea-Tac Airport
State: WA
Technology: Face Recognition
Vendor:

The Sea-Tac Airport is one of 18 airports where Customs and Border Protection is using face recognition technology as of March 2019. An executive order signed by Pres. Trump in 2019 requires Customs and Border Protection to install face recognition technology at the United States' top 20 airports by 2021.

Seattle Police Department Seattle King County WA Body-worn Cameras Axon
The Seattle Police Department uses Axon body-worn cameras

Links:
Government information (Seattle Police Department)
Government information (Seattle Police Department)
News article (KIRO 7 News)

Agency: Seattle Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor: Axon

The Seattle Police Department uses Axon body-worn cameras

Washington State Fusion Center Seattle King County WA Fusion Center
The Washington State Fusion Center is one of 79 fusion centers in the United States. Operated by local and state law enforcement in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a fusion center serves as a command center for gathering, analyzing and disseminating intelligence and other public safety information.

Links:
Nonprofit report (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Nonprofit report (Open the Government)
Government information (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Agency: Washington State Fusion Center
State: WA
Technology: Fusion Center
Vendor:

The Washington State Fusion Center is one of 79 fusion centers in the United States. Operated by local and state law enforcement in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a fusion center serves as a command center for gathering, analyzing and disseminating intelligence and other public safety information.

Seattle Police Department Seattle King County WA Real-Time Crime Center
The Seattle Police Department has operated a real-time crime center in its headquarters since 2015, funded with asset forfeiture dunds and a $400,000 federal grant. The RTCC provides analyzts with a wall of monitors that monitors criminal activity in real time. The department has also used predictive policing to identify potential crime hotspots. The analysts at the RTCC gather information collected from 911 dispatch calls, SeaStat data, radio traffic, and vehicle data, among other surveillance systems and databases.

Links:
Government information (City of Seattle's Website)
News article (KOMO News)
News article (The Stranger)

Agency: Seattle Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Real-Time Crime Center
Vendor:

The Seattle Police Department has operated a real-time crime center in its headquarters since 2015, funded with asset forfeiture dunds and a $400,000 federal grant. The RTCC provides analyzts with a wall of monitors that monitors criminal activity in real time. The department has also used predictive policing to identify potential crime hotspots. The analysts at the RTCC gather information collected from 911 dispatch calls, SeaStat data, radio traffic, and vehicle data, among other surveillance systems and databases.

Washington Department of Licensing Seattle King County WA Face Recognition
The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) does not give external entities direct access to its face recognition system. However, DOL will run photos through face recognition for law enforcement “with a court order to determine whether the person has been issued a driver license or ID under a different name."

Links:
Nonprofit report (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Agency: Washington Department of Licensing
State: WA
Technology: Face Recognition
Vendor:

The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) does not give external entities direct access to its face recognition system. However, DOL will run photos through face recognition for law enforcement “with a court order to determine whether the person has been issued a driver license or ID under a different name."

Seattle Police Department Seattle King County WA Automated License Plate Readers Autovu
The Seattle Police Department uses automated license plate readers.

Links:
Policy (Seattle Police Department)
Government information (Seattle Police Department)

Agency: Seattle Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Automated License Plate Readers
Vendor: Autovu

The Seattle Police Department uses automated license plate readers.

Spokane Police Department Spokane Spokane County WA Body-worn Cameras Axon
The Spokane Police Department upgraded its Axon body-worn cameras in 2019.

Links:
News article (The Spokesman-Review)
Government information (City of Spokane)

Agency: Spokane Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Body-worn Cameras
Vendor: Axon

The Spokane Police Department upgraded its Axon body-worn cameras in 2019.

Spokane County Sheriff's Office Spokane Spokane County WA Drones DJI
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Regional Air Support Unit operates two DJI drones as of 2018, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Spokane County Sheriff's Office
State: WA
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Regional Air Support Unit operates two DJI drones as of 2018, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Spokane Police Department Spokane Spokane County WA Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Spokane Police Department signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2020 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Links:
Vendor data (Ring)
Vendor information (Ring)

Agency: Spokane Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Spokane Police Department signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2020 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Spokane County Sheriff's Office Spokane Spokane County WA Ring/Neighbors Partnership Ring
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2020 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Links:
Vendor data (Ring)
Vendor information (Ring)

Agency: Spokane County Sheriff's Office
State: WA
Technology: Ring/Neighbors Partnership
Vendor: Ring

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office signed an agreement with Amazon's home surveillance equipment company, Ring, in 2020 to gain special access to the company's Neighbors app.

Spokane County Sheriff's Office Spokane Spokane County WA Camera Registry
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has a voluntary camera registry program.

Links:
News article (KHQ)

Agency: Spokane County Sheriff's Office
State: WA
Technology: Camera Registry
Vendor:

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has a voluntary camera registry program.

Spokane Valley Police Department Spokane Valley Spokane County WA Camera Registry
The Spokane Valley Police Department has a voluntary camera registry program

Links:
News article (KHQ)

Agency: Spokane Valley Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Camera Registry
Vendor:

The Spokane Valley Police Department has a voluntary camera registry program

Swinomish Police Department Swinomish Skagit County WA Drones DJI
The Swinomish Police Department operates one DJI Matrice 210 drone as of 2018, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

Links:
Academic report (Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Agency: Swinomish Police Department
State: WA
Technology: Drones
Vendor: DJI

The Swinomish Police Department operates one DJI Matrice 210 drone as of 2018, according to data compiled by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.