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Clearwater Police debut new license plate reader
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Clearwater Police debut new license plate reader

Clearwater, FL -- The Clearwater Police Department put some new traffic-related technology into service to help support its crime fighting efforts.

With 70 percent of all crime connected to a vehicle, the new automatic License Plate Reader (LPR) equips police with the ability to process up to 1,500 license plates per minute.

The Clearwater Police Department put two LPRs into service two weeks ago during a training phase. In the first two weeks, officers arrested one person for grand theft and another for stolen license plates.

The camera, which is mounted on a police cruiser, captures vehicle license plates numbers and runs them for law enforcement information such as stolen vehicles/tags and registration issues. It will also be able to identify suspended or revoked licenses and arrest warrants.

The new license plater reader also eliminates the possibility of racial profiling. The camera does not see the driver; it only reads the tag and processes the information.

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