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City of Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova Police Department

RCPD Deploys New Automated License Plate Recognition System

The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) has recently deployed a patrol car equipped with an automated license plate recognition system (ALPR).The ALPR cameras are integrated with the patrol car’s onboard computer-aided-dispatching (CAD) computer and automatically take photographs of every license plate within their view. The system then compares them with license plate numbers in a statewide database.  This database contains license plate numbers reported as Lost, Stolen, or as a Wanted Vehicle.  If a match occurs it immediately alerts the officer, displays a color photograph of the vehicle, and a close-up photograph of the license plate. 

On the first day of deployment over 4,000 license plates were read. Of those, two vehicles were stopped that had license plates reported as lost or stolen, and one vehicle was recovered that had been carjacked.