An automated licence plate reader (ALPR) uses cameras and computer software technology to scan plates of motor vehicles that are either mobile or parked. The licence plates can be checked against police and motor vehicle / driver's licence registration databases for the purposes of determining if the vehicle is stolen, unregistered or that it might be driven by a suspended or disqualified driver. An alert given by the ALPR will signal to police that something has been detected. Without such equipment, it is left to chance that the police might detect an issue with a particular vehicle. ALPRs represent a significant capital investment for police agencies. Prior to this initiative there was only one in Manitoba. It was in use by the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) and used initially as part of their stolen vehicle interdiction strategy. ALPRs cost approximately $30,000 per unit. This can have significant impacts upon police agencies' budgets.The Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) Traffic Committee approached Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) with a proposal for this agency to fund a number of ALPRs for a pilot project. The respective police agencies conducted research using the Winnipeg Police Service ALPR with great success in both RCMP and Brandon Police Service (BPS) jurisdictions. MPI agreed to fund five ALPRs on a pilot project basis. The ALPRs have been in operation since the spring of 2012, and anecdotally they are reported as making enforcement efforts more focused and efficient.
MACP member agencies, RCMP, WPS, BPS and MPI.
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A cooperative venture between the noted police agencies, MACP and MPI.
The initiative began with discussions in 2010, research in 2010 and 2011, the purchase of the ALPRs in 2011 and the devices becoming operational in the spring of 2012.
Both fiscal and "efficient use of police resources" considerations were taken into account.
There were limited costs to the respective police agencies. There were regular wage costs involved during the research phase, while utilizing the WPS ALPR and during the subsequent report writing phase. An estimate of these costs is not available, but, as stated, this came from regular wages.
This initiative is a pilot project. MPI sponsored two ALPRs for WPS, two for the RCMP and one for BPS.
This project is still under evaluation.
MPI and the respective police services work collaboratively on addressing media questions. Articles written to date have been favourable.
Each police serivce using the ALPR evaluates usage regularly. As this is a sponsored project, reports of a quantitative and qualitative nature are provided to MPI. A comprehensive evaluation will be completed at the end of the pilot project.
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