Monday, May 25, 2009
Chief Robert C. Lawson has announced that the Lakewood Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in Ocean County to deploy an Automatic License Plate Recognition equipped patrol vehicle. This new system—often referred to as ALPR, enables the comparison of vehicle license plates against a nation-wide database of stolen vehicles and wanted persons. The system uses a combination of cameras, optical character recognition technology and computer processors to “read” license plates and alert the officer to the presence of an offenders’ vehicle. Within seconds, the dual color and infrared cameras capture the license plate image and compare it to the daily updated database. The officer is alerted with an audible tone and color picture of the vehicle marked with the date, time and GPS coordinates of the contact. This information is displayed on the vehicles’ computer screen. The PAGIS®—Police-ALPR Graphic Interface System, is produced by PIPS Technology®, a division of Federal Signal Company and was installed by Lakewood based Quality Communications, Inc. Chief Lawson stated that the system will increase officer safety and efficiently by automatically providing an alert to potential criminal activity. “Our goal is always a safer environment for our citizens and the officers that protect them.” Pictured is the ALPR equipped patrol vehicle with Deputy Chief Frederick Capper and Officer Robert Desimone.
Posted by TLS Editor at 2:09 PM
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