The Amherst Police Department has been awarded an $18,945 grant by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research, Highway Safety Division. This grant program will fund the purchase of one Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) which will be installed on a police department vehicle.
An ALPR can recognize over 1,000 license plates an hour when installed on a moving vehicle. The license plate reader will be utilized to identify unregistered vehicles or motorists with revoked licenses, such as revocations for operating under the influence of alcohol, and it can also be very useful in AMBER alerts or when a Be-on-the-Lookout (BOLO) alert is issued. In Amherst, this technology could have been helpful in identifying pattern vehicles during the recent rash of residential burglaries.
“As this was a very competitive grant process, with very few western Massachusetts communities acquiring this equipment, I am very pleased that the Town of Amherst was chosen,” said Chief of Police, Scott P. Livingstone. “Sergeant Gabriel Ting, who researched this technology and wrote our grant proposal, did an excellent job articulating our need for this emerging technology.”
It is anticipated that this equipment will be purchased and put into service by July 1, 2011. Questions regarding this initiative can be forwarded to Lieutenant Robert J. O’Connor at 413-259-3208 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.