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The Chief of Police has the ultimate authority over the ROAS program. The Chief will appoint a division commander to manage the program. The division commander will appoint a Program Coordinator and they will manage the program, pilots, observers, and aircraft. Supervisors and pilots will make decisions regarding the deployment of the ROAS.
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The aircraft is equipped with a camera system capable of recording video and still image files. The aircraft does not have the capability to examine images using any sort of facial recognition software. Additionally, department policy does not allow for images or videos to be subjected to facial recognition processes.
The Bothell Police ROAS policy is available for anyone in the public to view. In the policy handbook it is: BPD 220
The department has the ROAS policy and the flight logs for operations posted on our website. Additionally, incidents involving the use of a ROAS are subject to the public disclosure laws.
Flight logs: We are currently working with a flight data company to ensure flight logs can be accessed through our web page. A public portal will be posted as soon as possible. This flight data information will be available to the public, through our website without the need to file a public records request.
As expressly directed in the ROAS policy, members of the department will consider the privacy concerns of our community every time the ROAS is deployed.
Here is an excerpt from the policy.
The department has a robust complaint procedure in place. Any person may call the department and ask to speak with the duty supervisor – 425.486.1254. Or, any person can file a complaint/compliment online.
The department engaged on multiple occasions with the community during the development of the ROAS program. As a result of this engagement, the policy and procedures governing the ROAS program were steered and shaped after review of the questions, comments, concerns, and suggestions from members of the community.
These engagement opportunities included:
We'd like to hear from you, and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact Captain Mike Johnson.