A Rhode Island police department is attempting to sole source Flock Safety cameras based emphasizing Flock is the only LPR company with contracts with Rhode Island police departments. However, members of the city council and the public have raised ethical, financial, and privacy concerns.
In this report, IPVM examines:
Warwick, RI Police Department's reasoning
Pricing of Flock system
Power of Flock's network effects
Councilman Rix: supports normal bidding process
Flock claims unique features
Mission creep/policy concerns, including Flock comment