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Brentwood Police to Obtain License Plate Recognition System

The system scans license plates as an officer drives.

The Brentwood Police Department will soon have the capability to drive through a parking lot, and with an automated license plate recognition system (APLR), detect any vehicles on the lot that are stolen or wanted.

At the Sept. 27 Public Safety Committee meeting, Chief Steve Disbennett said the system will cost the department approximately $15,500, which will be covered by funds in a Drug Enforcement Agency seizure fund. There will be no expense to the city.

The system also stores information that can be recalled when needed. Disbennett gave the example that if police were looking for a 1999 white Ford, all previously scanned 1999 white Fords could be called back up to search.

He said Richmond Heights already has the system, and the Maplewood Police Department equiped one patrol car last year, as reported in Patch.

Disbennett said the system doesn’t flag expired plates or drivers with parking tickets.

Carol Size October 02, 2012 at 11:36 AM
This is great news. I wish more police depts would get this. I see a lot of expired plates which leads me to believe there are a lot of people driving around with no car insurance as well. Trust me on this one. My family has had two cars totalled by drivers without insurance. The Brentwood police in one situation didn't even care when I asked if the person who hit us had insurance even though they did have an expired drivers license. Yesterday I was at River City Casino and saw two cars with expired plates and that was from parking just ten car links away. I guess they are too busy gambling. St. Louis police? What about you guys? I also see lots of expired plates in Des Peres especially in the Schnucks parking lot. Des Peres police? Check out that West County Mall as well.
Kay Scott-Boyd October 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Carol the statement at the end says : Disbennett said the system doesn’t flag expired plates or drivers with parking tickets. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Mr. Completely October 02, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Anyone who has the time in their day to scan random license plates of cars parked in public lots and then worry about the ones that are expired has a blessed life. That just cracks me up. Buy a board game already!
Carol Size October 02, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Jerk
Chillidan October 04, 2012 at 03:35 AM
^^loser
brentwoodite October 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM
"Disbennett said the system doesn’t flag expired plates or drivers with parking tickets" Not yet it doesn't. Maybe. But if past experience with govt teaches us anything it's that they'll get around to it sooner or later. Mission creep+desire for more revenue = you get towed or arrested for an unpaid parking ticket. Remember when they said you wouldn't get stopped and ticketed solely for seatbelts? That's how they sold that particular bill of goods to the public. It only took them a few years to convince the public that, why yes, it was absolutely necessary for them to expand their power to be able to pull you over, question, and search you for nothing more than not having your seatbelt on. Camel's nose, ladies and gentlemen.
Brent November 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM
One more reason to dislke your govt. I think theirs better things to do than drive around looking handout a ticket. What happened to the days when u waived at the police officer and he didnt turn around and follow you. I have been inconvenienced a few times by being pulled over just because they really wanted to look in the car or just because I was going to work at 3am.
Carol Size November 16, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Heck, I got questioned by a cop when I pulled into and parked in a school lot at 4:55AM asking me if I came to worker 'early' - kind of snotty like and I had just driven by him so it wasn't like I didn't think he saw me, and I told him I was there to work the election that day.

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