Department Policies

Brea Police Department Policy Manual

The Brea Police Department’s Policy Manual provides the framework and guidelines for the provision of professional law enforcement services. These policies have been established as a result of an ever-changing assimilation of legal principles and best-practice policing principles.  The Policy Manual is intended to be an organic instrument that is subject to necessary changes and updates, as needed.

Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs)

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance for the capture, storage and use of digital data obtained through the use of ALPR technology. 

The policy of the Brea Police Department is to utilize ALPR technology to capture and store digital license plate data and images while recognizing the established privacy rights of the public. All data and images gathered by ALPR are for the official use of this department. Because such data may contain confidential information, it is not open to public review. 

Body-Worn and In-Car Camera Systems

This policy is intended to provide guidelines for usage of body worn cameras (BWC) and in-car video systems. This policy and its prescribed procedures apply to any department employee assigned a BWC or who operates a department vehicle equipped with an in-car camera system. The provisions of this policy are subject to all applicable federal, state, local laws and ordinances. 

Marked patrol cars will be equipped with video recording systems. The BWC and in-car camera systems are integrated with each other and have the ability to activate each other. This policy will provide guidance on the use of both of these systems.

Where applicable, the procedures related to one system will apply to the other.

Military Equipment Use

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the approval, acquisition, and reporting requirements of military equipment (Government Code § 7070; Government Code § 7071; Government Code § 7072).