WESTCHESTER – An $18,500 license plate recognition system will allow Westchester police to nab criminals simply by driving around.
The Village Board is expected to approve the purchase of the system, which includes four cameras placed on different parts of a squad car. The cameras scan nearby license plates and alert officers when they find hits, like a license plate linked to a stolen vehicle or an expired registration.
Police can also input the license plate number of a vehicle they are looking for and direct the cameras to target plates that start or end with certain numbers or letters.
Police Chief John Carpino said during his tenure as chief in Oakbrook Terrace, police used a similar system to arrest a suspect wanted by the Department of Homeland Security.
The village has budgeted for the system and plans to have it installed in a squad car by the end of the year.