Falls Police Plan to Add High-Tech Gadget to Squad Car

By the end of the year, the Menomonee Falls Police Department could equip one squad car with license plate reader technology.

By years end, the Menomonee Falls Police Department could join the ranks of next-generation law enforcement.

By the end of the year, Menomonee Falls Police Capt. Mark Waters said they hope to have one squad car equipped with an “automated license plate recognition system” – or license reader, for short.

Using high-tech cameras mounted on their roofs, officers driving cars with license readers can receive instant alerts to every car they pass that has been entered in the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles database within the past 24 hours or before.

License readers, manufactured by Federal Signal, scan at rates in the thousands per minute and can read a plate at a combined speed of 160 mph – for instance, a squad car and an approaching car each traveling at 80 mph. Officers can receive instant notification of stolen vehicles, or if your registration is expired.

Techology can also geo-tag and time stamp each instance a license is read, which can help reveal habitual behavior or track a vehicle that was used in a crime.

Waters said Falls will join consortium of other departments, which is headed by the Greenfield Police Department. The current software and technology is incredibly expensive at this point, and joining a consortium helps keep costs of the program down.

Equipping squads with the camera that reads plates can cost up to $10,000 per vehicle. Jurisdictions throughout southeast Wisconsin would then share in a joint alert systems, which could go statewide at some point. 

Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) February 01, 2013 at 11:00 PM
They can now focus on their cell phone conversations better.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) February 02, 2013 at 02:38 PM
They can now focus on their cell phone conversations better.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) February 02, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Where are my comments?
Di Atribe February 04, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Seriously, Nuitari, I can count on your lame and unthinking posts just as I can count on roaches scurrying around an abandoned house. Grow up and contribute something or go back to looking in the mirror for your daily reaffirmation pep talk.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) February 05, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Truly Di Atribe you set the bar low when it comes to unconscious thinking but I thank you for the recognition none-the-less. As I have mentioned to you in the past, your commentary is quite fitting to your name. I am jealous. Four things are guaranteed in life: 1) Death 2) Taxes 3) Nuitari commenting, especially back to those who think they can out-snark him. 4) MF Cops paying more attention to traffic violations more than any real crime.
Geoff Taylor February 13, 2013 at 08:23 AM
$10, 000 !!! Gimme a break....they dont even use the regular squad cameras that Should be on all vehicles to accurately protect both citizens and officers in arrest videos...mdnomonee falls PD is claiming they dont have an arrest video for my traffic stop even though there were 2 cars at the scene...lets stop wasting money if the officers cant, wont, or just dont want to use the cameras and tools we already give them


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