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Virginia Law Enforcement Leaders Meet with Governor Youngkin About Facial Recognition Technology Legislation

On March 30, five police chiefs representing the VACP participated in a meeting with Governor Glenn Youngkin to discuss Senate Bill 741, which would allow the use of facial recognition technology by Virginia law enforcement agencies.
On March 30, five police chiefs representing the VACP participated in a meeting with Governor Glenn Youngkin to discuss Senate Bill 741, which would allow the use of facial recognition technology by Virginia law enforcement agencies. Other organizations and agencies that participated in the discussion were the Virginia Law Enforcement Sheriffs Association, the Virginia State Police, the Indigent Defense Commission, the US Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity, the Virginia Sheriffs Association and the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology.

We want to thank Governor Youngkin for a thoughtful, detailed discussion about how facial recognition technology could be used as a limited, investigative tool for law enforcement. The VACP is gathering additional data and policy examples to help ensure that law enforcement use of this technology stays within the limited purpose and use as defined by the proposed law. We also thank Senator Scott Surovell and Delegate Jay Leftwich for their leadership in developing this legislation and shepherding it through the General Assembly process.

>> VACP POSITION STATEMENT ON SENATE BILL 741 (PDF)

Our thanks to the following chiefs who gave professional and helpful testimony during the meeting:
  • Herndon Police Chief Maggie DeBoard, VACP Immediate Past President
  • Chesterfield County Police Chief Jeffrey Katz, VACP Second Vice President
  • Lexington Police Chief Angela Greene, VACP Executive Board Member At-Large
  • Prince William County Police Chief Peter Newsham
  • Hopewell Police Chief A. J. Starke

Official Photos by Christian Martinez, Office of Governor Glenn Youngkin. 
 
These photographs are provided by The Office of Governor Glenn Youngkin as a courtesy and may be printed by the subjects in the photograph for personal use only. These photographs may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without the written permission of the Governor's Office. These photographs may not be used in any commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the Governor, the First Family, or the Commonwealth of Virginia.
 

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