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Model Audit Policy for Access to and Use of Automated LPR Data

In 2014 the Maryland General Assembly replaced language in the Maryland Annotated Code, Sections 3-509 and 4-326 to address authorized uses of Automatic License Plate Readers, also referred to as LPR, and captured plate data. As a result, Maryland law enforcement agencies and the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center must implement certain procedures and regulations. This law went into effect October 1, 2014.

According to Maryland Annotated Code Section 4-326, the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, with the cooperation of the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Maryland Sheriff's Association, was required to develop a model audit policy for access to, and use of, automatic license plate reader data.

The audit procedures in this model policy have been developed to assess the performance of agencies responsible for the operation of LPR systems within their jurisdiction. To assess agency performance, auditors will review policy and procedures regarding the proper use of LPR technology/systems.

Reporting requirements and audit results are due to the State Judicial Proceedings Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, and the Legislative Policy Committee, based on data from the previous year on or before March 1 of each year, beginning in 2016.

For more information, please see the complete policy.