A number of the public records requests we have filed around facial recognition technology deal with its potential use by municipal police departments.

In July 2018 and March 2019, the ACLU of Massachusetts filed public records requests with over 40 law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth. Some of the below records are the result of this batch of inquiries. Police departments which reported no responsive documents in response to those requests are also listed below.

Date Agency/Organization Page
July 2018 Cambridge PD Facial Recognition at the Cambridge PD
March 2019 Medford PD Facial Recognition at the Medford PD
July 2018 New Bedford PD Facial Recognition at the New Bedford PD
April 2019 Northampton PD Facial Recognition & COPLINK at the Northampton PD
July 2018 Plymouth PD Suspect Technologies and the Plymouth PD
July 2019 Plymouth PD Facial Recognition at the Plymouth PD
July 2018 Revere PD Facial Recognition at the Revere PD
May 2019 Salem PD Facial Recognition at the Salem PD
March 2019 Springfield PD Facial Recognition at the Springfield PD
March 2019 Peabody PD Facial Recognition at the Peabody PD


No Responsive Records

A list of responses from departments that claimed to have no records related to face recognition in July 2018 and March 2019 can be found here.

Such departments include: Barnstable County, Berkshire County, Boston, Bristol County, Brockton, Brookline, Chicopee, Dukes County, Essex County, Fall River, Framingham, Franklin County, Hampden County, Hampshire County, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Middlesex County, Nantucket County, Newton, Norfolk County, Peabody, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Quincy, Somerville, Springfield, Suffolk County, Taunton, Waltham, Weymouth, Worcester City, and Worcester County.