The North East Region of the OPP has now installed and activated the Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) and In-Car-Camera (ICC) systems in all patrol vehicles.
The OPP is introducing ICC video recording equipment with integrated ALPR functionality to all its frontline police vehicles at all detachments.
"This initiative supports the OPP's commitment to increasing transparency and accountability in the policing of our communities, and to leverage technologies that will enhance community and officer safety," says a news release.
These technologies will be used to gather enhanced evidence in the prosecution of offences.
"In addition to the benefits that will come with having an objective video recording of an interaction between an officer and a member of the public, the integrated ALPR functionality will dramatically enhance the ability of an officer to detect licence plates that are linked with criminal or traffic offences. Examples would include plates associated with wanted or missing people, stolen vehicles, stolen or unattached licences plates, suspended and prohibited drivers and other emergent situations like Amber Alerts," explains the release.
The NER continues to see drivers operating vehicles that do not have valid, registered plates. Although vehicle owners are not required to purchase a validation sticker for their vehicles, licence plates are still required to be renewed annually or bi-annually.