The Board of Supervisors voted 7–4 in September to approve Mayor London Breed’s legislation authorizing law enforcement to use noncity-owned cameras temporarily when responding to certain kinds of public safety incidents. The passage came after supervisors led by District 3’s Aaron Peskin added numerous limitations and a one-year trial period.
“Surveillance cameras owned and operated by businesses and individuals serve as a valuable tool for police to identify, investigate and arrest those who commit crimes against the visitors and residents in this city,” said SFPD Chief William Scott. “As required by S.F. Admin Code 19B, SFPD has gathered feedback through a public vetting process that began in March of this year, in order to strike a balance between gathering objective evidence of a crime and preserving every individual’s right to privacy and security.”