Friday, December 04, 2009

An extra eye on the road; Greenwich police use cameras to track crime

Creeping through a municipal parking lot in downtown Greenwich Thursday morning, Sgt. John Slusarz used more than just his eyes to spot potential crimes or violations -- he had a high-tech camera acting as his partner. 

The new Mobile Plate Hunter 900 system, installed on two police vehicles, can accurately scan up to 3,600 license plates per minute, instantly comparing them with law enforcement databases. 

"It's really doing a great job for us in locating stolen vehicles, aiding in criminal investigating and collecting money for the town'' from traffic violations, said Slusarz, who has been in charge of installing and training officers with the new camera system. "It is able to do a lot of things in a relatively simple operation. It is a very exciting piece of equipment."

The cameras have only been on the road for a few weeks, but Slusarz said they have already canvassed numerous crime scenes and picked up a few thousands dollars worth of ticket violations.

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