Update on ACLU Report about Union City Police Department Data Sharing Policy and Practice
Release Date: 03/14/2019
Thank you to members of the media for following Union City’s response to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report about the Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE) Agency’s use of Vigilant Solutions.
This news release speaks on behalf of the City, which includes the Police Department.
We have reviewed all the material associated with this matter. In addition, the ACLU sent us a public record request for information we collect through our non-existent Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs). We sincerely believe that the ACLU misinterpreted information from the documents that it obtained from ICE. We will be in communication with the ACLU in the near future to clear up the matter and move past it.
We appreciate the media’s scrutiny of this matter and for their follow-up questions that certainly have clarified the misinformation contained in the ACLU report.
We apologize to our community members who may have read early reports on this matter yesterday and were concerned that we had waivered from our commitment to uphold the City’s Compassionate City policy and SB 54. To them, we would like to reinforce today that we are committed to upholding the law and the values associated with our Compassionate City framework.
Here is a snapshot of our statement yesterday:
Vigilant Solutions stores and shares license plate information with law enforcement subscribers. The license plate information is obtained from law enforcement agencies and commercial users that deploy ALPRs and gather license plate information.
The Police Department does not own or operate ALPRs; therefore, there is no license plate information provided to Vigilant Solutions from the Police Department.
The Police Department is a subscriber to Vigilant Solutions, which allows for investigators to access license plate information that can be of value and assist the Police Department with criminal investigations.
To be clear, the Union City Police Department complies with SB 54 and the City’s Compassionate City values by not sharing information with ICE. In fact, our commitment to this policy began before SB 54 was law.
In Spring 2017, the Police Department worked in partnership with the Union City Human Relations Commission to develop and sponsor our own Compassionate City Resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the City Council in May 2017. The Compassionate City Resolution is attached to this press release for reference. The Union City Police Department stands firm in our compliance, support and representation of the City’s Compassionate City Resolution and SB 54.
We thank the media for their interest in the City of Union City and the Union City Police Department.