Four surveillance cameras will be added to the Menlo Park Police Department's arsenal if city officials agree. The cameras would be mounted at intersections not yet determined, Police Chief Robert Jonsen told the council during a presentation on July 16.
The police department is also testing automated license plate readers borrowed from other jurisdiction while developing a privacy and data retention policy in conjunction with city staff and council members.
During their July 16 meeting, council members discussed best practices for data retention, and asked for a representative of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, which will store the license plate data, to give a presentation regarding its privacy policies.
Already underway is a pilot program to arm seven officers with Tasers. Menlo Park was one of only two cities in San Mateo County that didn't use the devices. In 2011 the San Mateo County grand jury recommended their implementation.
According to Chief Jonsen, the officers will log every time a Taser is removed from its holster, whether it's fired or not. He expects Tasers may save the city money. From 2010 to 2012, the police department had 13 claims filed for injuries sustained while subduing suspects and the equivalent of 150 work days lost, costing Menlo Park at least $68,708.