Monday, June 11, 2018 - Woodstock Police Service have a new tool to help make the
roads of the City of Woodstock Safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. The
newly purchased equipment is an Automatic Licence Plate Reader (ALPR) which has
been installed on a marked patrol vehicle. The ALPR technology consists of three
cameras mounted on the top of the vehicle and software contained inside the vehicle.
The ALPR system has the capability to scan and process vehicle licence plates at
a rate of 6 per second. The system can be utilized while the patrol vehicle is stationary
or moving, and scans licence plates looking for "hits". The "hits" can be for stolen
vehicles, improperly attached plates, expired validations stickers, suspended drivers
and vehicles associated with Amber Alerts. The Woodstock Police Service's ALPR system
receives regular updates from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the Canadian
Police Information Centre (CPIC) so the information is always current.
The information collected while the system is scanning is purged after 24 hours,
provided it does not contain any "hits".
Chief Renton states "the nice thing about it, police can be conducting regular patrol
duties while the system is running in the background. The system will advise the
officer of a "hit" even if the vehicle wasn't the focus of the officer's attention
at the time".
Designated officers are being trained on the new system and citizens of Woodstock
can expect to see it out on patrol 24/7.