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Town Council Debates Police Request for License Plate Reader

The license plate reader would enable officers to automatically scan all plates that pass by a squad car and check them against a database for things like outstanding warrants and tickets in real-time.

The is reportedly debating the merits of a license plate reader for the , a $20,000 capital item included in the proposed 2012-2013 police department budget.

As per a report in the New Canaan Advertiser, the license plate reader would enable officers to automatically scan all plates that pass by a squad car and check them against a database for things like outstanding warrants and tickets in real-time. A camera mounted on the patrol car working with software enables the officer to automatically check license plates while the patrol car is in motion.

New Canaan Police Chief Edward Nadriczny told the Advertiser the devices are “ in a revenue-generating manner, to identify scofflaws or vehicles with outstanding parking fines." Town Council member Roger Williams, however, raised concerns about privacy and questioned where the data would be stored and for how long.

Ty Webb March 14, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Holy Gestapo batman! This is just cartoonishly wrong. The dog was ridiculous enough!
Neele Stichnoth March 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Thank you Roger Williams! And when did our goal become to have a "revenue-generating" police department?
CW March 14, 2012 at 12:25 PM
If the police are permitted to surveil all cars passing a particular point of geography, then George Orwell's vision is alive and well in New Canaan. This is a bad idea and infringes on the rights accorded to all citizens under the 4th amendment.
Erich Bruhn March 14, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Agree with Roger Williams. We need to investigate data storage much further before moving further on this. As to the dog being ridiculous Mr. Webb, I couldn't disagree more. It has already found numerous drugs, is used to find lost children and helps when the police have to enter homes. It's worth every dollar we spend on it!
Siwanoy March 14, 2012 at 09:02 PM
It already happens in Darien sadly.
Siwanoy March 14, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Since when is ANY police dept supposed to be a revenue generating? I always thought their job was to serve and protect. Hrmm.. maybe the police cheif should take a look at the NCPD website... "The Department protects the right of all persons within its jurisdiction to be free from criminal attack, to be secure in their possessions, and to live in peace. The Department serves the people of New Canaan by performing the law enforcement function in a professional manner, and it is to these people that the Department is ultimately responsible. " Do you see anything about creating revenue? I sure don't.
Siwanoy March 14, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Not living in NC, i'm unsure if they have a K9 unit, according to this (http://www.newcanaan.info/filestorage/9490/293/317/NCPD_K9_Program.pdf) They want donations to IMPORT a dog from Germany... do they not realize police dogs are trained much closer to New Canaan? Zulu, Darien's Dog wasn't imported from Germany, but maybe NC needs a genuine German German Shepard?
S Tadik March 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Big Brother Speaks What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy? George Orwell
J Bauer March 15, 2012 at 01:36 AM
This is absolutely an invasion of privacy. The data collected by these machines is warehoused in a central database, which is subject to any random freedom of information request. Meaning, if you feel like finding out everywhere your neighbor has been for the last year, you can go ahead and file a FoI request and find out. Think about that... any Tom, Dick or Harry can trace your movements all around town over the course of extended periods of time. There is NOTHING protecting this information. So, before we approve $20k for such a system (which is a wasted expense to begin with), we need to really consider how intrusive into our lives we would like the police, government and strangers to be! If anyone is even slightly disturbed by this, pick up the phone and call your first selectman, or our police commissioner!
S Tadik March 15, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Or call the chairman of Town Council. He can keep a secret.
Ty Webb March 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM
I keep forgetting about all those kids an elderly people she is always finding. What are their names again?
Ty Webb March 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM
By golly you're right Stuart. I really don't know what I was thinking. These scofflaws present a clear danger to our town, county, state, and country. If fact our very way of life and freedoms are threat- oh wait. Some light reading for you. Hope they don't hang the sycophants first: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_movement Have a great day Squealer! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squealer_(Animal_Farm)
Sue March 15, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I was under the impression that they were already doing this...so I've heard. Can anyone confirm? Did they have one on a test period at some point?
Neele Stichnoth March 15, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Revenue-generating was a quote from the article: "New Canaan Police Chief Edward Nadriczny told the Advertiser the devices are “being used in many communities in a revenue-generating manner." Seems it was being presented that way to the TC. If what you say is true, and all monies goes on to Hartford, then basically our police department would be acting as a collection agency for the state and on our dime. Hmmmm.
S Tadik March 15, 2012 at 08:15 PM
We need a plebiscite. Round up the usual plebeians.

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