HAMILTON — Today, the Ontario government announced $1,619,499 in funding for the Hamilton Police Service to help fight crime, including auto theft.
The Hamilton Police Service will use the funding to purchase Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology – a system that consists of cameras that automatically scan license plates. The system is installed in or on active duty police cruisers and alerts officers to stolen or expired plates, or plates registered to suspended drivers. The system can also notify officers of missing and wanted persons and vehicles associated with AMBER alerts.
“Our government’s investment will get more tools into the hands of law enforcement here in Hamilton,” said Neil Lumsden, MPP Hamilton East - Stoney Creek. “Broader use of innovative technology gives another advantage to our local police services to fight crimes like auto theft, track down vehicles of interest, and keep our communities safe.”
The Automated License Plate Recognition Technology Grant is a one-time grant to help police services strengthen roadside law enforcement efforts and improve public safety across the province.
“This investment further demonstrates our government’s plan to ensure police services across Ontario have the resources and equipment they need to keep our communities safe,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “I am confident that this tool will be a tremendous asset to police services and help them combat incidents of auto theft and enhance public safety.”
- ALPR technology is a system of cameras and supporting software that captures licence plate information and immediately compares plate numbers to a Ministry of Transportation (MTO) database with vehicle and vehicle owner information. It also has the capability of capturing vehicles of interest (e.g., amber alerts, stolen vehicles, suspended driver(s), etc.).
- ALPR technology does not detect moving violations such as speeding, going through a red light or stop sign, and distracted driving.
- The investment in ALPR technology supports Ontario’s recent move to eliminate licence plate renewal fees and stickers for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds by allowing licence plate information to be read automatically without requiring an officer to see a physical licence sticker to validate a vehicle.