“Community Letter” From Anaheim Police Department Regarding Cel Phone Simulator Tech

The Anaheim Police Department has released this letter to the community regarding the use of Stingray-type technology:

“In response to recent media reports regarding police use of “cell site simulator technology,” the Anaheim Police Department has released the following letter to the members of our community.”

Community Member:

ln response to recent media reports concerning police use of certain technology products referred to among other names as “cell-site simulators” and “Stingrays,” the intention of this letter is to provide clarification as to the use of this technology by the Anaheim Police Department to reinforce the high level of trust and transparency we have forged through strong police I community relationships. With the understanding that the release of technical details and operational procedures concerning this technology would create a significant detriment to our efforts in protecting our community, the information provided herein will address common concerns while maintaining the relevance and effectiveness of this investigative tool.

A court order signed by a judge is required before this equipment can be operated by the Anaheim Police Department. This judicial oversight ensures that usage of the cell site simulator meets the legal threshold for the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution for the State of California. Incidents involving an exigent circumstance, such as a kid napping, report of a missing child, or evidence of a criminal act that could lead to imminent death or infliction of serious bodily injury are the exceptions to the requirement for immediately obtaining a court order prior to operation of the device. After the exigency circumstance has passed, the Anaheim Police Department submits a warrant for judicial review for the prior operation of the device.

The cell site simulator possessed by the Anaheim Police Department does not retain third­ party inforn1ati on that it encounters in the process of locating the targeted cellphone. The device does not create or feed any sort of database. Information evaluated or obtained by the cell si te simulator is not kept or maintained by the Anaheim Police Department, or any state or federal government agencies, Harris Corporation, or any other person or entity. The device cannot identify the operator of a cellphone, cannot intercept the content of calls or texts, and our personnel do not have the ability to listen to call s or read text messages using this device.

Through a community partnership built upon trust and confidence, the Anaheim Police Department is committed to delivering the highest level of public safety service to the residents, visitors and business owners throughout Anaheim. This equipment enhances our ability to deliver that service, and measures are in place to ensure its use is appropriate, measured, and in accordance with the law .


Raul Quezada
Chief of Police

One comment

  1. Chief Quezada’s statement says noting more than “Anaheim police use StingRays. Trust us; we will never misuse this technology.” Anaheim citizens deserve more from a police department that to date has not acted transparently.

    By using StingRays, the APD collects data from thousands of innocent members of the public without their consent—and previously without their knowledge. The chief’s only contribution is acknowledging their use. My complete response is here: http://www.anaheimblog.net/2015/03/21/the-chief-simulates-trust-and-transparency/

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