The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) shall
utilize Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR)
technology only for official law enforcement
purposes. The goal is to increase the
efficiency and effectiveness of its public
safety efforts in a manner that safeguards
the privacy concerns of law abiding citizens.
A. ALPR Operator: A sworn member of the
department who has been trained and certified
in the use of the ALPR in-vehicle equipment.
B. ALPR: A device that uses cameras and
computer technology to compare digital
images of license plates to lists of known
plates of interest.
C. Detection: Data obtained by an ALPR of
license plates within public view that were
read by the device, including potential
images of the plate and vehicle on which it
was displayed. Also, information regarding
the location of the police vehicle at the
time of the ALPR data collection.
D. Hit: An alert from the ALPR system that
a scanned license plate number may be in a
hot list database for a specific reason.
Reasons include (but are not limited to)
being a stolen vehicle or a vehicle used
in a crime or associated to a wanted or
E. Hot List: License plate(s) associated
with vehicles of interest from an associated
database, including (but not limited to)
the National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
or the City and County of Honolulu computer system.
F. Special Hot List: License plate(s)
associated with vehicles of interest
entered into the ALPR system by the
commander of the Criminal Investigation
Division (CID) or designee for official law enforcement purposes.
A. ALPR systems shall be used only by sworn
or civilian members of the department who
have been trained and certified in the use
of the equipment pursuant to HPD requirements
and operational protocols.
B. No sworn or civilian member shall use or
authorize the use of any ALPR system or ALPR
database information for any reasons other
than official law enforcement purposes.
C. A hit by the ALPR system does not establish
probable cause for taking law enforcement action.
In the absence of exigent circumstances, stolen
vehicle data must be confirmed with the Communications
Division prior to taking any related law enforcement action.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A. General Use
ALPR systems shall be deployed for official
law enforcement purposes, including (but not
limited to) locating stolen vehicles, suspect
vehicles, stolen license plates, wanted or
missing persons, or vehicles placed on the
special hot lists.
B. ALPR Administrator
The ALPR Administrator shall be the commander
of the CID or designee and shall:
1. Ensure that all ALPR system equipment is
inspected, at minimum, on a quarterly basis;
2. Coordinate training for all current and
future ALPR users;
3. Ensure that information from the ALPR
system is distributed to the appropriate division; and
4. Maintain the list of authorized users and access rights.
C. ALPR Operators
ALPR operators shall:
1. Ensure that the ALPR camera is properly
affixed to their assigned police vehicle
at the start of their shift and shall inspect
the units for damage.
Discovery of any ALPR equipment that is
inoperable or damaged in any way shall
not be used and shall immediately be
reported to the ALPR Administrator via
telephone or e-mail;
2. Start the ALPR system software to activate
the system and receive the automatic updated
hot list at the beginning of each shift;
3. Ensure that the ALPR system is operating
properly in accordance with the ALPR training;
4. Conduct a search of their detections at
the beginning of their shift and at least
once during their shift, ensuring the system
is working properly; and
5. Not attempt to repair defective or inoperable ALPR equipment.
D. ALPR operators in marked police vehicles
shall keep the ALPR activated through their
entire shift and should park the patrol
vehicle strategically to maximize data collection.
E. ALPR operators in unmarked vehicles should
keep the ALPR activated through their entire
shift except for operational needs.
F. ALPR Hits
1. When an alarm is received alerting
operators of a hit from a hot list database,
a digital image of the license plate will
be displayed on the ALPR computer screen.
2. LPR operators shall compare the digital
image of the license plate to the hot list
information to verify the hit for both the
state and characters on the plate.
3. LPR operators shall confirm the ALPR
information with the Communications Division
to confirm the status of the vehicle prior
to taking enforcement or other type of
police action absent of exigent circumstances.
4. LPR operators shall submit appropriate
HPD police report(s) for confirmed hits.
A. Data Security
1. All ALPR data downloaded to the server
will be purged after a period of ninety
days unless it has become evidence in a
criminal or civil action or is subject to
a lawful action to produce records.
2. Downloaded ALPR data will be stored at
a secured, offsite Federal Bureau of
Investigation-certified data storage location.
B. Sharing Data
1. Detection data generated from the HPD’s
ALPR system shall not be shared with other
law enforcement agencies unless given
specific authorization from the Chief of Police.
2. ALPR statistical data may be shared with
other law enforcement agencies with the
approval of the CID commander.
3. Upon request, ALPR data may be disclosed
to HPD personnel with the approval of the
C. Hot Lists
1. The hot list will be automatically
downloaded into the ALPR system a minimum
of four times a day with the most current
data overwriting the old data.
2. Special hot lists will be manually
uploaded into the ALPR system, which
will automatically be downloaded into
the in-vehicle ALPR computers. It is
the responsibility of the CID commander
to ensure that vehicles are removed from
the special hot lists.
3. License plates shall immediately be
removed from the special hot list as soon
as they are no longer needed.
D. System Access
Authorized ALPR users are required to sign
in to operate the ALPR system or access data
by utilizing a secure password