Skokie Police Unveil Automated License Plate Recognition Camera

One of three cameras — two facing forward and one sideways — mounted atop a patrol car equipped with ALPR. (FILE PHOTO) Credit Gregory Kyriakakis
One of three cameras — two facing forward and one sideways — mounted atop a patrol car equipped with ALPR. (FILE PHOTO) Credit Gregory Kyriakakis

Automated License Plate Recognition

According to patch.com, the Skokie Police Department has bought a new device that would automatically notify police officers if a driver has a suspended or revoked drivers license through the use of Automated License Plate Recognition software.

The devices are mounted on top of the officer’s vehicle facing either forward or sideways. The device uses Recognition software (ALPR) in cameras that are constantly running and scanning for expired license plate stickers, outstanding police warrants, or whether the driver is a registered sex offender.

If the device finds one of these types of violations, a pop-up will appear in the officer’s squad car.

Under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as Article 1, Section 6 of the Illinois Constitution a citizen does not maintain a right to privacy to their license plate or what they expose to the public. However, the 1984-feel of this technology has us fascinated.

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