PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale has purchased 50 Flock License Plate Reader (LPR) cameras to help sheriff’s deputies identify and locate vehicles involved in criminal activity, officials announced.
The new cameras, deployed strategically across Palmdale, analyzes license plates, vehicle color and make, and uses distinct object detection to enable the system to send alerts for wanted plates and vehicles reported stolen or used in crimes. The information is available to area law enforcement and helps to identify and stop vehicles involved in criminal activities more accurately. The cameras do not capture anything inside vehicles, preserving individual privacy rights.
The cameras and its software use machine learning and enable motion capture to analyze vehicle characteristics without relying on reflective license plates. With the capability to process 30,000 vehicles per day and capture two lanes of traffic simultaneously, the cameras offer unparalleled efficiency and accuracy, city officials said.
“The technology not only saves crucial investigative time but also minimizes unnecessary stops and detentions of law-abiding drivers,” Palmdale Mayor Laura Bettencourt said in a news release.
The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station’s integration into the broader Flock Safety camera platform enables collaboration with surrounding jurisdictions. Other Southern California government agencies using Flock Systems include Lancaster, Alhambra, Azusa, Covina, El Monte, Glendale, Pomona, and West Covina.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]