Would-be AG Chris Kelly pitches high-tech policing

Chris Kelly of Palo Alto might not have the name recognition or fundraising prowess of some of his rivals for the Democratic nomination for state Attorney General, but he’s sharp enough to know what people like: CSI.

Chris Kelly Yep. Just like “CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: New York” and the forthcoming “CSI: Atkinson, Neb.” (no, not really), the former Facebook chief privacy officer is calling for opening up a biiiig can of high-tech all over California’s crime problems.

“In today’s fast-paced environment, California deserves better than ineffective policies that are out of touch with ever-changing technology and fail to keep our communities safe,” he said in his news release. “As the next Attorney General of California, I will apply an innovative, fresh, and tech-savvy approach to fighting crime and protecting the citizens of California.”

His “Innovation First: Using Technology to Fight Crime” plan includes:

    improved use of advanced forensics to solve crime, which means cutting-edge training and equipment so state crime labs can help law enforcement close more cases with DNA, drug identification, surveillance and other methods;
    standardizing criminal mapping systems and databases across the state so local agencies can work together more effectively to evaluate crime data and respond more accordingly;
    developing and deploying an effective global positioning system to widen and improve supervision and monitoring of parolees, along with better training and performance standards for parole and probation officers and supervisors;
    working with local, state and federal agencies to prevent Internet fraud and identity theft; and
    fixing law enforcement’s outdated computer systems to save taxpayers millions of dollars now being wasted.

“Crime, coupled with misused resources to fight crime, not only costs lives but also precious resources and money at a time when California is in dire need of economic strength and stability,” he said. “My innovative plan provides both increased economic stability and public safety.”

Ah, but how to pay for it?

Kelly’s rivals for the Democratic nomination include San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris; Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, D-Newark; Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara; Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Torrance; and former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. State Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach, is the only declared candidate seeking the GOP nomination.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.