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New technology helping police track criminals

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

The Greenville Police Department has some new technology to help crack down on crime.

Officers have been using cameras in their cars for years, but this new camera is all about license plates.

It's called an A.L.P.R - Automatic License Plate Reader.

"The whole time I'm riding, it's looking," explained officer Cobb with the Greenville Police Department.

It's infrared camera will scan any license plate, record the tag number,then store it in a searchable database.

All the officer has to do is drive.

"The whole time we're moving around or sitting still it's constantly scanning, constantly recording, and it will give the date, time and GPS location," said Cobb.

It's all fed into a computer inside the car.

Anytime an officer is looking for a suspect or a stolen car, if the ALPR camera finds the tag, it will immediately notify them.

"There are so many different aspects we can use it for other than just to search for stolen cars," explained Cobb.

This held true just this week during a standoff in Greenville.

Officers used the ALPR to track Adula Wali Allah, better known as Linwood Duffie. He was charged with four armed robberies.

Police had a description of his vehicle and a possible tag number, and the ALPR found it.

It's new technology with endless possibilities, helping police clean up the streets.

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