Porterville Police Department joins growing list of California law enforcement agencies successfully using Veritone Contact to meet California AB 953 Racial and Identity Profiling Act requirements


DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Veritone, Inc. (NASDAQ:VERI), creator of aiWARE, a hyper-expansive enterprise AI platform, today announced that the Porterville Police Department is now successfully using its application intelligent Veritone Contact stop and report data collection to meet the stringent requirements of the California AB 953 Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) which, rolled out in waves since July 2018, has gone into full effect for more than 500 California Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) on January 1, 2022. Based on statistics and testimony from agency personnel, including law enforcement officers currently using the smart field application, Veritone Contact has the potential to save the agency considerable time in collecting RIPA data, which translates into additional financial savings each year.

“Reporting has long been a time-consuming process for police on patrol and has only been exacerbated by new RIPA requirements,” said Jon Gacek, general manager, aiWARE Enterprise for Veritone. “Nevertheless, the legislation is not intended to further burden LEAs but to promote transparency, which is why more and more police officers are finding Veritone Contact an invaluable and easy-to-use tool. Porterville will not only reduce reporting challenges, but also provide the kind of transparency needed to retain citizen trust.

Developed in conjunction with leading California state and city agencies, Veritone Contact is a first-of-its-kind solution that answers the public’s call for greater transparency while providing law enforcement with the tools they need to guarantee respect for the legal rights of citizens. and meet the obligations of the new legislation. The app works with smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle mobile display terminals (MDTs) and laptops that can securely connect to the agency network using a standard web browser. Agents can quickly complete outage data collection by selecting single and multi-select answer picklists, with no manual entry or handwritten forms to fill out. Veritone Contact may also be customized with additional questions at the agency’s discretion and for its own initiatives. Case management teams can batch review all agent reports. Easy-to-understand visual dashboards provide command personnel with an overview of all aggregated shutdown data information for analysis and potential corrective actions. Secure delivery of arrest data to the California Department of Justice using 256-bit encryption can be accomplished on any desired schedule.

LEAs may also be eligible for reimbursement of costs associated with Veritone Contact and other RIPA implementation expenses. Agencies can learn important information, key tips, and best practices for getting reimbursed for anything related to their RIPA program by accessing the on-demand webinar “RIPA Compliance, Reimbursement, & Funding – Did You Get All Your Paperwork Straight ?

“The Porterville Police Department has some of the most professional, loyal and hardworking people who are dedicated to providing a vibrant and safe community where people will want to visit, businesses will want to settle and families will want to raise their children,” said said Porterville Police Chief Jake Castellow. “As part of this commitment, we strive to obtain the best tools and technologies to ensure that we meet the requirements of RIPA. Veritone Contact has it all.

While laws requiring LEAs to collect detailed demographic information perceived during traffic or pedestrian stops have been enacted in several other states since 1999, California is leading the recent push with the enactment of US Bill 953. Assembly, which has the most comprehensive requirements in the country. Many agencies are finding state-provided or other third-party shutdown data collection applications time-consuming and laborious and are now switching to Veritone Contact.

“Command staffs across California — and the country — want their officers to interact uniformly with their communities, keeping our cities and neighborhoods safe,” Gacek adds. “We designed Veritone Contact to give agencies the ability to do more with the data collected, beyond just meeting reporting requirements under RIPA. Data collected over time can help identify trends within the agency or community and inform agent training needs, support agency transparency initiatives with the community, and for other purposes. . As more states pass arrest data collection legislation, Veritone Contact has the potential to dramatically improve law enforcement confidence as well as attitudes regarding the role of police in the national scale and in local communities.

More than 20% of state LEAs benefit from Veritone Contact, with reports confirming that the app is significantly easier to use and at least 50% more efficient than the solution provided by the state.

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Veritone (NASDAQ: VERI) is a leader in enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Serving organizations in the commercial and regulated sectors, Veritone software, services and industrial applications simplify data management, enabling the world’s largest and most recognizable brands to operate more efficiently, accelerate decision-making and to increase profitability. Veritone’s hyper-expansive enterprise AI platform, aiWARE™, orchestrates an ever-growing ecosystem of machine learning models to transform audio, video, and other data sources into actionable intelligence. Through its strong partner ecosystem and professional and managed services, Veritone develops and builds AI solutions that solve the problems of today and tomorrow.

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