Almost three years after red-light and speed enforcement cameras debuted in Cedar Rapids, the city’s new police chief plans to push for cameras that automatically scan license plates.
In a wide-ranging interview Friday with The Gazette’s editorial board, Police Chief Wayne Jerman said he expects to approach the City Council about license plate readers. He said he does not have a timeline about when he might bring up the topic to city leaders.
The technology consists of cameras mounted on patrol cars that capture license plate information. The information is then compared to a database and alerts officers instantaneously if, for example, the vehicle has been reported stolen or registered owner has an outstanding arrest warrant. Officers have been able to manually input plate information for years, but this automates the process.
What do you think of the technology? Should Cedar Rapids police be allowed to use license plate scanners as part of law enforcement investigations?