What steps are taken to protect the privacy of community members?

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.

  • When a ROAS is being flown, the onboard cameras will be operated so as to keep the area of interest in view and minimize inadvertent close up video or still images of uninvolved persons or property.
  • All video recordings and still images will be maintained in compliance with Bothell Police Department policies and procedures as well as state law.  
  • The Bothell Police Department ROAS unit will not be used to conduct random surveillance activities. 
  • The Bothell Police Department will not subject images or videos from ROAS operations to facial recognition software.  

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1. Does the Remotely Operated Ariel System (ROAS) use facial recognition?
2. Who oversees the ROAS program?
3. Where can I find the ROAS policy?
4. How is transparency addressed?
5. What steps are taken to protect the privacy of community members?
6. How can I voice a concern or file a complaint involving operation of a ROAS?
7. Was the community involved in the planning of the ROAS program?
8. What if I have other questions?