Wash. Co. Police Cars To Go High-Tech

NORTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Police in Washington County are introducing new technology that will allow them to scan license plates.

The technology will also allow them to obtain information about the driver.

“Today we announce the most significant technological advancement in police work in the county. The acquisition of a leading edge tool,” Washington County District Attorney Steven Toprani said.

The Automatic License Plate Recognition System utilizes cameras mounted on the cars.

“The system consists of cameras mounted to patrol units sharing a secure and encrypted server that is located in a participating agency. The cameras take digital photos of nearby license plates, convert them to text and then search that text against known databases of criminal offenders,” Toprani said.

The cameras are constantly capable of finding, seeing and identifying license plates.

“We can search for stolen vehicles, wanted persons, missing children through Amber Alerts,” Toprani said.

The ALPR units will be installed in Washington County thanks to a $220,000 federal grant.

“It takes a lot of guesswork out of it. Efficiency and safety is what I see here,” South Strabane Township Police Chief Don Zofchak said.

The units will be installed in various departments in the county over the next couple of months. The hope is to have each squad car equipped eventually.

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  1. FBrackenridgePD says:

    “It takes a lot of guesswork out of it. Efficiency and safety is what I see here,” South Strabane Township Police Chief Don Zofchak said.

    “Guesswork”… it’s called police work

    If these lazy keystone cops were allowed to pull over and search anyone at anytime, sure, they’d make a lot more arrests and $’s for the corrupt justice system, but this wouldn’t be America anymore…. but that’s what they want

    Police State USA… fight back now before it’s too late

  2. Forwardprogress says:

    Every post regarding police you have some negative comment to make. Get a life, you moron. You’re posting your venomous attacks from the security of your own Internet connection. What a man you are. Put your money where your mouth is, you coward. The next time you’re in trouble don’t even think about calling the police if that’s how you feel about people who put their lives on the line to protect people.

    1. FBrackenridgePD says:

      “The next time you’re in trouble don’t even think about calling the police if that’s how you feel about people who put their lives on the line to protect people”… If I could, I’d remove the 9 and 1 from my phone, there is no reason to speak to the police, EVER!!! Their only purpose is to intimidate and incarcerate for $’s

      “The cameras are CONSTANTLY capable of finding, seeing and identifying license plates”… I see a lot of cases getting thrown out in the future when motorists are pulled over for their past history with the law and nothing more in the constant witch hunt for more arrest statistics, fines and court costs so lazy cops can get more grant money for technology to spy on law abiding citizens 24/7

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