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ANPR project for Scottish borders police

Northgate Information Solutions : 16 October, 2008  (Application Story)
Lothian and Borders Police team with Northgate to implement vehicle recognition and ANPR analysis in crime reduction drive
Northgate Information Solutions announces an innovative service designed to promote radical improvements in policing and contribute to safer communities throughout the country.

Northgate has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Lothian & Borders Police to market their widely acclaimed automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) analysis system. The new initiative will provide UK forces with enhanced intelligence gathering through closely tracking the movements of vehicles believed to be involved in criminal activities.

Citizens will benefit from faster incident response times, with forces able to prevent and predict crime and to bring more offenders to justice. The innovative service will deliver:.

* An enhanced ability to identify criminal activity that is associated with a vehicle or group of vehicles through hot spotting and trend analysis of vehicle information.
* Closer analysis of high crime areas of interest to police forces.
* Comprehensive and up to date police intelligence through joined-up vehicle information and integration with third party information.
* Increased public safety through closely monitoring vehicle movements, protecting both police staff and the wider community.

This deal follows the recommendation by Sir Ronnie Flanagan in his final report that police forces should ensure they are taking an entrepreneurial approach to policing in ethical income generation and in creating and exploiting business opportunities.

Examples of how the new service can be used include -

* Several robberies have occurred in a region - the services can be used to establish what vehicles were in the vicinity, allowing further investigations to be undertaken including direct access to the regional force crime and intelligence systems to establish what is known about these vehicles;

* An incident involving a vehicle has occurred and the police have nothing to go on other than the make, model and colour of the vehicle. Using the services the police can establish which registrations match with this make, model and colour and which of these have been spotted in the vicinity of the incident.

Ian Blackhurst, Managing Director of Criminal Justice & Public Safety at Northgate Public Services, said: "We want to give citizens and officers in the field the confidence that challenging incidents will be dealt with effectively and efficiently. The new service supports our total commitment to public safety and helps us meet the policing needs of our neighbourhoods. We look forward to working with organisations across the country to provide protection for police and citizens, building safer communities and strengthening trust in the criminal justice system."
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