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posted on 5/21/24

The Grain Valley Police Department will be installing five license plate recognition (LPR) cameras to solve and reduce crime. The cameras are built by Flock Safety, the public safety technology company that helps neighborhoods, communities, and law enforcement work together to fight crime. 

Flock Safety LPR cameras send a real-time alert to law enforcement when a stolen car or known wanted suspect from a state or national crime database is detected. They also send alerts if a vehicle associated with a missing person in an AMBER or Silver Alert is detected.

The Flock Safety system helps law enforcement investigate crime by providing the objective evidence needed to clear cases. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 7 in 10 crimes are committed with a vehicle.

Flock Safety LPR cameras capture license plates and vehicle characteristics, not people or faces. Each search requires a justification, and the data is never sold or shared with third parties. The cameras are used to solve and reduce property and violent crime and are not intended for minor traffic or parking violations.

According to Chief Ed Turner, “License plate readers have become standard law enforcement equipment in the region and throughout the country. To enhance safety in the community, GVPD will continue utilizing practical technology that promotes best practices.”

Flock Safety cameras are in use in more than 4,000 communities across the country, and the company works with over 3,000 police departments. Flock currently helps law enforcement solve 10 percent of reported crime in the U.S. and communities using Flock Safety LPR have reported crime reductions of up to 70 percent.

“At Flock Safety, we believe in building strong bonds between police departments and the citizens they pledge to protect, and we’re proud to partner with Grain Valley Police Department to help them in the pursuit of public safety,” said Garrett Langley, CEO of Flock Safety.

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