“We are focusing on public areas, we’re not trying to impede anyone’s privacy”
February 27, 2014
Police in Modesto, California unveiled a newly acquired surveillance
vehicle this week which will video and audio record local residents
throughout the city.
The Armadillo, a refurbished armored truck, is equipped with four
high definition cameras, four wide-angle lens cameras and advanced audio
“We want this to serve as a deterrent or extra eyes out there for
us,” police spokeswoman Heather Graves told Fox 40 News. “We are
focusing on public areas, we’re not trying to impede anyone’s privacy.”
The vehicle’s surveillance features can also be accessed remotely,
allowing officers to park the vehicle in any area of the city and
control the cameras’ zooming abilities from a separate location.
“Smile, you’re on camera,” a bold message on the side of the truck reads.
While the vehicle itself was donated by a nearby precinct, Fox 40
notes that the surveillance equipment was purchased with “grant money,”
likely from the Department of Homeland Security.