First weeks of license plate readers reap results

Paradise Valley Police

On June 19, in an effort to increase public safety, the Town of Paradise Valley activated a total of seven fixed License Plate Readers.

As a result of this technology, from June 19 to June 30, the Paradise Valley police officers made three arrests of individuals subject to other law enforcement agencies misdemeanor warrants. Each of the arrestees was taken into custody without incident and turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency, stated a press release.

LPR also identified a possible stolen vehicle which had been reported stolen to another valley jurisdiction. Officers located the vehicle and initiated a stop on it and its occupant. Officers subsequently learned that the owner had recovered the vehicle but failed to report the recovery to the originating law enforcement agency. Paradise Valley police made the appropriate notifications on behalf of the owner and had the vehicle removed from the hotlist, according to the release.

LPR technology works by comparing an established list of wanted license plates produced by the Department of Public Safety and amended by the Paradise Valley Police Department against license plates captured by the LPR’s at all locations, according to the release.

If a match is identified, police dispatch and active patrol cars will be alerted and further action will follow. Officers review the LPR information prior to stopping the motorist, according to the release.

The Town of Paradise Valley takes its responsibility to protect the data generated by this technology seriously, according to thee release, and has established policies consistent with state law regarding retention, use and release.

For more information about Paradise Valley’s license plate reader program visit http://www.ci.paradise-valley.az.us/DocumentCenter/View/3986.

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