Port Orchard Police Poised to Unveil Crimefighting Car Camera


Imagine, a police officer driving through a parking lot, scanning information about the owners of every car he or she passes.

That strategy to find criminals may seem cumbersome and time consuming. But a new device, known as an automatic license plate recognition system, makes that endeavor possible — all within seconds.

Port Orchard Police will likely soon have such technology at their disposal, thanks to a grant, according to police chief Al Townsend. Bremerton Police also secured a similar grant and are using it. The Washington State Patrol has been using such technology as well to scan cars getting on and off the Bremerton and Bainbridge Island ferries to Seattle.

For a video to see how the technology works, click here.

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