The experience of practitioners can shed light on critical issues concerning the procedural and practical concerns associated with LPR systems. Police departments, government agencies, and researchers have contributed significantly to what is known about the costs, deployment, and effectiveness of LPR systems.
Important Considerations for Leaders
There are two fundamental questions that your agency should consider in making decisions about whether to acquire LPR systems or how to implement LPR deployment. They are: (1) Does your agency need LPR in the first place? and (2) If you already have LPR, how should you maximize its crime prevention potential? Listen to a two-part discussion and slide show by the Principal Investigator from George Mason, Dr. Cynthia Lum, and the LPR project manager at SPAWAR, Mr. Matt Snyder, about some important considerations regarding LPR.
Presentations about LPR
- The Alexandria Experience, Optimizing the use of LPR
- Practical and Tactical LPR Programs: Managing Officers, Data and Systems Effectively in San Diego and Cincinnati
- Cynthia Lum’s presentation to the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners, 2012, on License Plate Readers
- 2010 National Institute of Justice Conference Panel on LPR
Which LPR Unit to Purchase
The CEBCP and LPR research team does not promote any particular vendor’s products. Further, as mentioned above, it is important to determine if your agency could even benefit from LPR use before deciding to purchase the system.
Operational Guides and Other Resources:
LPR Deployment for Police Leadership
The Experience: What policies and practices have been developed by other police departments that are currently using LPR?
The Evidence: What sort of evidence should the police be using to make decisions about innovative practices and the aquisition of technology? What are the findings of research that has evaluated LPR in particular?
Important Considerations: Law enforcement agencies must be aware, sensitive, and transparent about LPR concerns related to data collection, and privacy.