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Police Have New Tool to Help Make Roads Safer
Woodstock Police Service have a new tool to help make the roads of the City of Woodstock Safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. The newly purchased equipment is an Automatic Licence Plate Reader (ALPR) which has been installed on a marked patrol vehicle. The ALPR technology consists of three cameras mounted on the top of the vehicle and software contained inside the vehicle. The ALPR system has the capability to scan and process vehicle licence plates at a rate of 6 per second. The system can be utilized while the patrol vehicle is stationary or moving, and scans licence plates looking for “hits”. The “hits” can be for stolen vehicles, improperly attached plates, expired validations stickers, suspended drivers and vehicles associated with Amber Alerts. The Woodstock Police Service’s ALPR system receives regular updates from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) so the information is always current.
The information collected while the system is scanning is purged after 24 hours, provided it does not contain any “hits”.
Chief Renton states “the nice thing about it, police can be conducting regular patrol duties while the system is running in the background. The system will advise the officer of a “hit” even if the vehicle wasn’t the focus of the officer’s attention at the time”.
Designated officers are being trained on the new system and citizens of Woodstock can expect to see it out on patrol 24/7.