The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department admits they use a device that can locate a person's cell phone.
That device is called "Stingray technology."
Sheriff Scott Jones says he wants to stick to transparency.
In a written statement released today, he admits the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department has cell phone surveillance technology and has used it. Â
Jones started his statement with a disclaimer, though, stating the federal government will only allow him to say so much on the matter.
That "so much" is a simple paragraph.
He says the department used the technology so that detectives could collect data from the cell phones of targets, including their location.
When asked if she or the Sheriff could explain the technology more, Lisa Bowman, spokesperson for the department said there was nothing more to say.Â
"The Sacramento County Sheriffâ€™s Department currently possesses and utilizes such a device, which is a cell-site simulator. The device is used to locate a personâ€™s KNOWN cellular device, pursuant to and in full compliance with the law, to further the Departmentâ€™s investigative and public safety responsibilities. The capability of this technology does NOT collect content such as voice, text, or data, and does not retain ANY data or other information from other than the target device. It is used infrequently in special cases, following department policies and procedures, to locate felony suspects and/or missing or kidnapped persons."