CINCINNATI (WXIX) – The Sharonville Police Division credits new technologies for a string of current arrests.
The division is the initially in the Tri-State to use Flock Security License Plate Reading Cameras, enabling officers out on patrol to evaluate the plates of automobiles they pass with these in a database tied to suspected criminals.
“The influence can be tremendous for a town like ours,” Sharonville Police Lt. Walter Cordes stated.
The new cameras have only been in use a couple of weeks, but Cordes says they’ve currently helped officers make half a dozen arrests.
“It’s the exact same information and facts that any officer would be capable to get by sitting in targeted traffic and operating a license plate,” Cordes explained, “but they’re not searching at a pc, and they do not have to be everywhere all at as soon as.”
The division has twelve cameras, some along important highways, other individuals in areas like park entrances. The photographs take a image of every single license plate on every single car or truck that drives by.
Cordes stresses the cameras only give a beginning spot for investigations. Nor, he says, do they run afoul of an Ohio Supreme Court ruling with regards to cameras that autonomously capture license plates and send speeding tickets to drivers by mail.
“These are not speed cameras,” Cordes stated. “We do not take enforcement action primarily based on the pictures from this. We use it to collect intelligence.”
Cordes says the license plate information captured by the cameras are only stored for a couple of weeks. Throughout that span, officers can match the plates with automobiles in a database comprising the plates of recognized suspects in crimes from human trafficking to attempted murder.
“The cool point about the Flock database is that it will catalog the automobiles by their sort and their colour and style,” Cordes stated. “They update their database quite a few occasions a day, so as they study that license plate, they’ll send it to what ever jurisdiction is attached to that camera and let us know, hey, a stolen car or truck is going eastbound on Kemper Road.”
Cordes says the cameras helped in the arrest of 21-year-old Chadrick Druihet and 21-year-old Jardyn McCoy, each from Louisiana, in connection with several catalytic converter thefts in Sharonville.
The division also credits the technologies in the arrest of 42-year-old Colin Thomas, who is charged in connection with a shooting at the Sharonville Woods Apartments on March 29. Thomas is also a suspect in a hit-skip crash on Feb. 16 that left 1 victim seriously hurt, police say.
“We cannot be everywhere all at as soon as,” Cordes stated. “So, this is a way for us to be a small bit a lot more effective, and a superior tool to support us study and discover the individuals that in the previous would take us days or even weeks of researching.”
Other neighborhood law enforcement agencies, which includes West Chester PD and Blue Ash PD, have because begun employing the cameras as properly.
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