State Select Committee to Hold Informational Hearing on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Law Enforcement

November 20, 2019

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ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Senator Tom Umberg (D – Orange County), Chairman of the State Senate Select Committee on the Growing Impact of Artificial Intelligence in California, will convene a hearing on November 20, 2019 on “The Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Law Enforcement Context.” The hearing will conduct a broad overview on the state of artificial intelligence, including policy implications and effects on law enforcement.

The Little Hoover Commission published a report in November 2018 entitled, Artificial Intelligence: A Roadmap for California. The report highlighted opportunities for artificial intelligence in California, including policy recommendations on how artificial intelligence can be used to advance social good and government operations in the state. Senator Umberg, in recognition of the Commission’s findings, established the Select Committee to take a deeper look at the policy implications that various applications of AI will have in California.

Among other topics, the Committee will seek testimony on:

  • The present and future impact of AI on federal, state, and local law enforcement levels
  • The benefits, risks, and challenges of using AI in law enforcement
  • The current and future use of AI in the federal and state judicial system
  • How AI could benefit the criminal justice system
  • The challenge of implicit bias in using AI

The Committee has invited the following witnesses to attend:

  • Captain Steven Ramos, Patrol Commanding Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
  • Noah Kroloff, former Chief of Staff to former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • The Honorable Judge Kirk Nakamura, Presiding Judge for the Superior Court of Orange County
  • Safiya Umoja Noble, UCLA professor and author of best-selling book, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

* Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

State Senate Select Committee on the Growing Impact of Artificial Intelligence in California Hearing to be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Anaheim City Hall Council Chambers.

This hearing will also be live-streamed at


Senator Thomas J. Umberg represents the 34th Senate District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Orange, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, and Westminster. Umberg is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, former federal prosecutor, and small businessman. He and his wife, Brigadier General Robin Umberg, USA (ret.), live in Orange County.