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A southern California police department is using taxpayer money to purchase Ring home surveillance cameras and then giving them away for free to crime tipsters.
The El Monte Police department, which presides over the city of El Monte, California (located about 14 miles east of of Los Angeles) became one of the latest U.S. police agencies to partner with Ring in March after officially starting its own, 'Ring Reward Program,' a month prior, according to public records obtained by Motherboard.
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At least 231 law enforcement agencies across the country have formed business deals with the Amazon-owned doorbell cam producer, according to data obtained by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researcher Shreyas Gandlur.
El Monte Police couldn't immediately confirm how much taxpayer money they spent on the 20 Ring cameras the department purchased to give away to local residents who provide specific information on criminals the department is looking to identify.
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The retail price for Ring's video doorbell is $99.99. Users who want footage stored must pay a monthly charge that starts at $3. Ring says it stores recordings for two months unless users delete them.
Police agencies that enter deals with Ring gain access to the company's, 'Law Enforcement Neighborhoods Portal,' an interactive map police can use to request Ring camera footage from anyone in their community.
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