Murrieta Police Department Policy Manual
Automated License Plate Recognition
The Murrieta Police Department has partnered with Flock Safety and utilize their Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) cameras in our city.
ALPR systems function to automatically capture an image of the vehicle’s license plate, transform that image into alphanumeric characters using optical character recognition or similar software, compare the plate number acquired to one or more databases of vehicles of interest to law enforcement and other agencies, and to alert the officer when a vehicle of interest has been observed. The data captured by these systems is retained by the Murrieta Police Department for a period of 30 days before being purged.
Additional information on our Automated License Plate Recognition program can be found in Murrieta Police Department policy 460.
Body Worn Cameras
The Murrieta Police Department officially launched their Body Worn Camera (BWC) program in July of 2019. This followed 2 years of trial and evaluations from multiple vendors. Ultimately, it was decided that Axon offered the combination of quality service, reliable equipment and useful features that would make this program a success. As it stands today, every single Police Officer and Community Service Officer are issued their own camera and are required to wear them while on duty.
It is the policy of the Murrieta Police Department to use body worn camera technology to more effectively fulfill the department’s mission and to ensure these systems are used securely and efficiently. In addition to policy, body worn cameras support the 21st century policing pillars of building trust and legitimacy with the public as well as using technology to assist in reducing crime.
Body worn cameras accomplish several objectives, such as:
- Allowing for additional documentation of police-public contacts, arrests, and critical incidents.
- Serving as a means to enhance officer accountability.
- Enhancing an agency's ability to review probable cause for an arrest; officer and suspect interaction; evidence for investigative and prosecutorial purposes; and to provide additional information for officer training.
- Providing supplemental documentation of crime and accident scenes.
Additional information on our Body Worn Camera program can be found in Murrieta Police Department Policy 450.
The Murrieta Police Department takes seriously all complaints regarding the service provided by the department and the conduct of its members. The department will accept and address all complaints of misconduct in accordance with our policy and applicable federal, state and local law, municipal and county rules and the requirements of any collective bargaining agreements. It is also the policy of this department to ensure that the community can report misconduct without concern for reprisal or retaliation.
Additional information on personnel complaints can be found in Murrieta Police Department Policy 1020.
Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA)
On October 3, 2015, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 953, the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015, which requires all city and county local law enforcement agencies in California, as well as the California Highway Patrol and peace officers of California state and university educational institutions, to collect perceived demographic and other detailed data regarding pedestrian and traffic stops.
This law requires the collection and submission of data to the Attorney General on all stops, detentions, searches (including consensual searches), along with interactions that result in force being used. The data to be collected includes, among other things, the perceived race or ethnicity, gender, and approximate age of the person stopped, as well as other data such as the reason for the stop, whether a search was conducted, and the results of any such search.
Effective January 1, 2022, all sworn members of this department began collecting the data required per RIPA requirements and Murrieta Police Policy 402.8. The data collected by the Murrieta Police Department will be submitted to the California Department of Justice on an annual basis.
Additional information on RIPA can be found online at https://oag.ca.gov/ab953.
Use of Force Analysis
The use of force by law enforcement personnel is a matter of critical concern, both to the public and to the law enforcement community. A review of our yearly use of force incidents can be found in the memorandum below.
Want to know more? Check out our Use of Force Quick Facts page for additional details on our use of force policies.