Representatives from the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, which would store the license plate data for up to a year, are expected to attend tonight's council meeting to answer questions about data sharing and retention. The regional agency is one of more than 70 centers nationwide affiliated with the National Fusion Center, which is under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security.
According to NCRIC, the data may be shared with other law enforcement agencies as well as private sector companies categorized as "critical infrastructure" without first notifying Menlo Park, under certain, specific circumstances, such as when evidence suggests those companies are potential targets of terrorist or criminal activity. See this week's cover story for more detail.
The cameras and license plate readers would be paid for through a combination of state grant money and the city's general fund, according to the staff report. The total cost for the initial purchase is $127,682. The city would contribute $107,682 and the state $20,000 if the council signs off on the purchase.
Ongoing costs for this equipment are expected to be $6,500 annually: $4,500 for the license plate readers and $2,000 for the surveillance cameras.