Lakewood Police First In Ocean County For Automatic License Plate Reader

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.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Hopefully this will deter lawbreakers from hanging around Lakewood.

    BTW, does any one know why the police don’t react to the hundreds of cars here with Pennsylvania (read: Mexican) license plates, which are clearly registered out of state by people who live here (albeit illegally)? If they don’t want to help enforce the federal immigration laws, why not at least enforce the state vehicle registration laws?

  2. Hopefully this will deter lawbreakers from hanging around Lakewood.

    BTW, does any one know why the police don’t react to the hundreds of cars here with Pennsylvania (read: Mexican) license plates, which are clearly registered out of state by people who live here (albeit illegally)? If they don’t want to help enforce the federal immigration laws, why not at least enforce the state vehicle registration laws?

  3. the camera’s are mounted to the lightbar looking left, right and foward, and are able to pick out license plates on cars as the police car drives by then read the plate numbers and letters and search for a hit-stolen, warrant, suspended, ect.

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