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Cops: License plate readers netting more arrests

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County police said the license plate readers added to several patrol cars in June have helped increase arrests.

In late June, the police department purchased three automatic license plate readers with $60,000 in money seized from drug forfeitures. Mounted on the back of patrol cars, the three-camera systems are capable of reading up to 1,800 license plates per minute and meant to help catch suspects wanted for everything from suspended licenses to murder.

They're working, department spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

According to Smith, the readers located four stolen vehicles and 55 people wanted by police in November alone. Officers issued eight felony charges during subsequent traffic stops.

In all, the devices scanned 318,000 license plates last month.

Smith said the scanners have also helped Gwinnett police officers make drug arrests and seizures and issue "hundreds" of traffic-related citations.

The same cameras implemented by Gwinnett County police have been used by the Sheriff's Department for about two years, and are also used by the NYPD, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and 23 other Georgia jurisdictions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

BuzzG 2 years, 3 months ago

"with $60,000 in money seized in drug forfeitures."

How about returning that money to treasury and reducing our excessive taxes. Make sure that cops have the ability to read so in the future they can read license plates on their own.

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mustardandbiscuit 2 years, 3 months ago

I think you just confirmed what everybody thought all along, you're a total moron.

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Veryconcernedcitizen 2 years, 3 months ago

BuzzG, the sad thing is I really think you are serious. Just when I thought I have already met the dumbest person on earth someone posts a comment on GDP and surprises me! Obviously you don't actually read the articles. If you did you would understand that the "license plat readers" are actually scanning many different tags at one time.

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jack 2 years, 3 months ago

Perhaps Buzz was thinking of using the $60,000 on an Evelyn Wood Speed Reading course for the officers.

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ssilover1 2 years, 3 months ago

BuzzG must have had a very unhappy life and is truly a negative, small minded person. His blogs have long been rediculous.

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