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License Plate Reader System Works in Henderson
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License Plate Reader System Works in Henderson

A new automated license plate reader mounted on Henderson Police vehicles nabbed its first criminal Tuesday morning.

Graham I. Miller, 30, of Las Vegas became the first suspect arrested through the use of the Henderson Police Department’s Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) system. Miller was booked into the Henderson Detention Center on possession of a stolen vehicle charge.

An officer driving a marked Henderson Police car equipped with an ALPR system on Boulder Highway around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday alerted on a Chevrolet truck’s license plate indicating that the vehicle was stolen. The officer confirmed the vehicle was reported stolen in Las Vegas. Miller apparently noticed the officer coming up behind him and pulled into a convenience store parking lot, where the officer stopped him.

The ALPR system was installed in nine Henderson Police patrol Tahoes last month. The system uses digital cameras to photograph the license plate of cars and run those plates against a criminal database of stolen vehicles and vehicles of wanted suspects.

It takes the system only a few seconds to scan a license plate and run the information through the database. An alert signal is given to the officer and shows a picture of the car and license plate. The officer then confirms the vehicle is stolen or the registered owner is wanted.

Officers have been testing and training on the system for several weeks. There are three patrol vehicles equipped with the ALPR system at each of the department’s three patrol divisions.

The ALPR system can work in the day and at night and can accurately read license plates at highway speeds. The ALPR system for the nine patrol cars cost about $160,000. The Henderson Police Department received a grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to pay for the system.

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