Everyday Law and Common Questions


Everyday Law and Common Question articles are written by Law Librarians on a variety of common legal issues in consumer law, family law, neighbor situations, and more.

Police Observation Devices

Over the past year, local residents may have noticed Sacramento Police “cameras” posted throughout major intersections in Sacramento with their flashing blue lights and intimidatingly branded “POLICE” markings. While these devices may look like cameras, they are in fact Police Observation Devices or PODs. According to theSacramento Police Department press release, “the primary goal of this device is to serve as a highly visible crime deterrent. The PODS are clearly marked with a police logo and a flashing blue light to maximize its effect as a crime prevention tool.” The observation devices are equipped with license plate reading ability and are able to quickly scan plates and alert officers of stolen vehicles or other vehicles associated with a crime. Click here for the rest of the story.