San Bernardino County Sheriff Department Partners with Ring, Neighbors App

By on January 15, 2020

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, which serves the City of Yucaipa under contract, has partnered with Ring and the Neighbors App.  With this new agreement Sheriff’s Department employees are able to receive information from the Ring cameras and interact with residents through the app.

The advance of technology has certainly been a boon to law enforcement as anyone who has ever watched Law & Order or better yet CSI.  But the use of that technology can be abused and raises concerns for some but not in a case like this according to a noted expert on these matters.

“As long as the interaction with law enforcement is voluntary and accessible when needed, not monitored 24/7, the civil liberties issues are minimal,” said Vice President of the Reason Foundation, Dr. Adrian Moore.  “Facial recognition technology being abused or going around the owners to gain access to their cameras would be a problem, but a voluntary program to use this to catch porch-pirates, that’s a good thing.”

According to a press release the Sheriff’s Department wanted to remind resident’s that, “While the Ring system and Neighbors App are great tools for interaction and sharing information, they are not monitored 24/7.  The Neighbors App is not designed to replace traditional crime reporting.  If you are a victim of a crime, or you want to report suspicious activity, please call your local San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center.

For emergencies call 9-1-1. For all other reports call the non-emergency line at 909-918-2305.