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Lebanon PD Using New Cameras To Catch Criminals

Posted at 5:21 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 20:35:14-04

The Lebanon Police Department has begun using a new camera system that will help them track down wanted persons.

The city passed a reading that would equip the local police force a 3M Mobile ALPR Camera System last month. 

The four-camera unit can be mounted on top of the car and scans every tag it passes. 

Once the tag is read, it is then processed through a database that would pull up information on the car. Officials said it acts as a second pair of eyes for the officers.

"It can do the work of multiple officers, it's definitely save costs for us," Corporal PJ Hardy of the Lebanon Police Department told NewsChannel 5. "When we have people that are wanted on crimes, we want to reach out to them before they repeat the crime within our community."

It is a tool that can determine if a car is stolen or if the driver is wanted on outstanding warrants. It can also pull up the sex offender registry and the National Crime Information Center.

"We'll be taking it to to the park areas to make sure no vehicles and owners that shouldn't be there are there," Cpl. Hardy added. 

The cameras cost the city $20,000. Police tried the system for the first time at the Wilson County Fair and no arrests were made. 

The Lebanon police department had not yet assigned it to one of its officers.