The Coral Springs Police Department also uses License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology and works with Vigilant Solutions. It is used for identifying and reading license plates. The system operates by using high speed cameras combined with computer algorithms which convert images of license plates into computer readable data. This data is compared with data provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement which may include the following: missing or endangered persons, Amber alerts, Silver alerts, stolen vehicles, terrorist information and other intelligence information important to law enforcement. If a license plate inquiry matches one provided by the F.D.L.E., an alert is sent from the location of the camera and computer to officers’ Mobile Computer Terminals and the Police Department Dispatch Center. An image of the license plate and the vehicle is attached in the alert. It is important to note that a tentative alert must be verified visually. All characters must be exact and must match the license plate that was originally entered. Only then can the alert be further verified.
If a police officer visually observes the vehicle, contact with the vehicle and subject can only be made after further verification is completed. Further verification includes a confirmation of the license plate as being valid and active by the original entering agency through the Florida Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center. This is the data base where information of this type is entered by all agencies. The system reads license plates and license plates only. The collected LPR data contains no personally identifiable information to connect a license plate detection to an individual. The license plate reader system has identified many stolen vehicles, stolen license plates and wanted persons. It has helped police located many vehicles which have been recovered or subjects taken into custody, according to Bradley McKeone, a Captain with the Coral Springs Police Department.