Riverside County Sheriff Department introduces automated license plate reader program

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The automated license plate reader program is presented at the Lake Elsinore City Council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 23. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Riverside County Sheriff Department’s automated license plate reader program was presented by Capt. Andrew Elia at the Lake Elsinore City Council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 23. For several years, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has used the ALPR system; the system consists of cameras mounted to fixed traffic signals, to light poles and to police vehicles that automatically take photographs of vehicle license plates. The resulting data is compared to law enforcement databases and alerts when the vehicle has been reported stolen, been used in a crime or is displaying lost or stolen license plates, according to Elia. With the ALPR system, the city is looking at the Flock system. Elia said the data is ethics driven and protects privacy. The automated license plate readers in
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