Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.