NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County commissioners have approved the purchase of license plate recognition software for the sheriff's office.
The commissioners made the decision unanimously in Tuesday's meeting.
The contract is with Vigilant Solutions, a company which assists law enforcement in collecting data from license plates. Some law enforcement agencies use it to scan for warrants or to find stolen vehicles.
License plate software has been around for years, but this will be the first time the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office will be using the technology.
“As we know, we’re in the day and age, the criminals have gotten smarter, there’s a lot more technology criminals are using, and for us to stay on top of these issues we have to stay ahead of them,” said County Sheriff Jason Bridges.
The contract is with Vigilant Solutions, a company which assists law enforcement in collecting data from license plates.
“We are buying two mobile pieces of equipment that will go on patrol units, so we’ll actually have two mounted on patrol cars and then we’ll have one stationary,” Bridges said.
Bridges said that Highway 59 has potential to bring more crime into their county from surrounding areas and he hopes this will help them solve crime more efficiently.
“This will enable us to give us a tool to possibly help identify those suspects a lot quicker. It’s just another helpful tool,” Bridges said. “It also will identify people that are in the system, that are entered into the system, BOLO alerts, child abductions, things such as that.”
Bridges says he believes this will allow their office to work with the police department, since they have one that they use through the same company.
“So we’re just going to have that much more information between us and them, and when you have two more agencies working together, sharing information, it definitely helps the public,” Bridges said.
The equipment is expected to arrive next month.
The software is being paid for with inmate telephone funds and will not impact taxpayers.