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Nottawasaga OPP installs plate recognition device in patrol vehicles

The device will help police detect licence plates associated with wanted or missing people, stolen vehicles, suspended and prohibited drivers and other incidents
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The Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has now installed and activated the automated licence plate recognition (ALPR) and in-car-camera (ICC) systems in all patrol vehicles. 

As a result of investments made by the government in the OPP and municipal police services in the province, the OPP is introducing in-car video recording equipment with an integrated ALPR functionality to all its frontline police vehicles at detachments across Ontario.

This is an example of the OPP's commitment to increasing transparency and accountability in the policing of our communities and to leveraging technologies that will enhance community and officer safety. These technologies will be used to gather enhanced evidence for prosecuting offences. They will also highlight the professionalism our members display daily as they work to ensure safe communities.

In addition to the benefits of having an accurate video recording of an interaction between an officer and a member of the public, the integrated ALPR functionality will dramatically enhance the ability of an officer to detect licence plates linked with criminal or traffic offences. Examples would include plates associated with wanted or missing people, stolen vehicles, stolen or unattached licence plates, suspended and prohibited drivers and other emergent situations like Amber Alerts.

The Nottawasaga Detachment continues to see drivers operating vehicles that do not have valid, registered plates. Although vehicle owners are not required to purchase a validation sticker for their vehicles, licence plates are still required to be renewed annually or bi-annually. There is a charge under the Highway Traffic Act.

For those who are unaware, the renewal itself is free of charge and can easily be done online.

Please be aware that you can sign up for digital renewal reminders as well.