Roseville PD to deploy cameras that read license plates

By: Brian Louwers | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 26, 2022

 Flock Safety’s camera technology specializes in photographing up to 45,000 vehicles a day. The cameras record all the important details, including the license plate, and can make that information available in alert notifications within 40 seconds.

Flock Safety’s camera technology specializes in photographing up to 45,000 vehicles a day. The cameras record all the important details, including the license plate, and can make that information available in alert notifications within 40 seconds.

File photo by Brian Louwers

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"It’s not going to generate ticket revenue or anything like that. It’s to take the bad guys to jail."

— Roseville Police Chief Ryan Monroe,

ROSEVILLE — Add Roseville to a list of cities assisting their local police by deploying camera technology that reads license plates and compiles a database searchable by vehicle make, model, color and time frame.

On Jan. 11, the Roseville City Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the Police Department for 10 Flock Safety Falcon cameras from Flock Safety at an annual cost of $27,500. According to the city, $16,120 of that will be paid with funds from a federal law enforcement grant.

What the city will gain are watchful eyes — automatic license plate readers that specialize in photographing up to 45,000 vehicles a day. They record all the important details, including the license plate, and can make that information available in alert notifications within 40 seconds.

“The city of Detroit already has this system,” Roseville Police Chief Ryan Monroe said. “Some other communities along the (Interstate) 94 corridor have it, as well.”

Monroe said requests sought through neighboring jurisdictions already using the technology have provided actionable law enforcement intelligence that speeds up investigations.

“For those of us who have been in law enforcement, the man hours alone that it saves is just an unbelievable savings for the department,” Monroe said. “The city of Roseville, all our expressways, all the entrances, if we have a robbery or another crime that’s committed, 80% of those involve a vehicle, and they’re usually heading out of our city.”

Monroe said the cameras would not be used for traffic enforcement.

“It’s not going to generate ticket revenue or anything like that,” he said. “It’s to take the bad guys to jail.”

The placement of the cameras will be no secret. They’ll be put at the city’s freeway entrances and at a couple of locations on Gratiot Avenue. They can be moved if needed, and Monroe said the number of cameras can be adjusted depending on how they’re used.

“I know this is going to be a valuable tool for our police officers,” Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor said. “I think this is a long time coming. I think we should have had this a long time ago.”

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