Jan 16, 2024: PVPD to Install License Plate Reading Cameras to Help Solve Crime

license plate reading camera atop post along streetBeginning in January 2024, the Prescott Valley Police Department will be installing automated license plate reading (ALPR) cameras to reduce and solve crime within the town limits of Prescott Valley. The cameras are thanks to the Rocky Mountain Information Network, along with grants provided by the Arizona Department of Homeland Security and the Arizona Department of Emergency Management.

ALPR cameras send a real-time alert to law enforcement when a stolen car or known wanted suspect from a state or national crime database is detected. They also send alerts if a vehicle associated with a local case, or a missing person in an AMBER or Silver Alert is detected.

ALPR cameras also helps law enforcement solve crime by providing the objective evidence needed for investigations. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 7 in 10 crimes are committed with a vehicle. ALPR cameras capture license plates and vehicle characteristics, not people or faces. Each search requires justification, and the data is never sold or shared with third parties. The cameras are used to reduce and solve property and violent crime.  Theyare not intended for minor traffic or parking violations, cannot determine vehicle speed, and do not record video.

Prescott Valley Chief of Police Bob Ticer said, “This technology will allow our department to better serve our community members by reducing crime as well as the fear of crime and improving traffic safety which will lead to a safer Prescott Valley.”

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, and 911 for emergencies.   Yavapai Silent Witness is 1-800-932-3232.

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