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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 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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