EPD Gets New License Plate Scanner Technology
By: Eric Rose Police Commander
The Estes Park Police Department is now able to gather critical law enforcement information through a license plate reader (LPR). The LPR system detects license plates on parked and moving vehicles with cameras mounted to the roof of the police vehicle. Video is captured and compared to a regional law enforcement database, alerting officers to stolen vehicles and license plates, license suspensions and revocations, wanted individuals and registered sex offenders. Police Commander Eric Rose commented on the new mobile technology, “Our officers can make the community safer by taking suspended or revoked drivers off the roadways, and by detecting and apprehending criminals more efficiently.”
Police officer safety is also increased with the LPR, as it alerts officers to the potential dangers involved with traffic stops. Commander Rose noted, “If alerted by the LPR of a stolen vehicle, the officer can better prepare by calling for additional assistance and contacting the driver in a less populated area.” He continued with another example, “The system also allows officers to become familiar with the vehicles of registered sex offenders, which should not be in the vicinity of the schools.”
As a partner agency in the Northern Colorado Regional Auto Theft Team, the Estes Park Police received the LPR technology at no cost. The team is funded by the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority, which receives $1 from every auto insurance policy in Colorado to fund auto theft prevention and investigative measures, such as the purchase of LPR equipment. Since 2005, auto theft in Colorado has dropped 56 percent due, in large part, to advances in vehicle security and law enforcement technology.
For more information on the Estes Park Police Department, visit www.estes.org/pd.