Gloucestershire Police explain new number plate reading system at events across the county next week
3:21pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
POLICE will be explaining the role and benefits of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) at a series of events at supermarkets across the county next week.
The ANPR system involves technology that allows police to check any number plate against a database of vehicles that are linked to crime or motoring offences.
Members of the public will be able to hop on board the Police and Crime Commissioner's bus to learn more about how it all works and have the opportunity to see a police car fitted with ANPR cameras.
Chief Inspector Paul Shorrock said: "ANPR is a fantastic tool in our armoury. Our ANPR officers have, since its introduction in 2006, made nearly 1000 arrests.
"We have a range of static cameras in Gloucester and fitted in vehicles across the county but we hope to set up more in Cheltenham and other parts of the county.
"These events give the public a chance to understand how they work and what they can do.
"If you want to find out how this technology is keeping you safe please come along."
The PCC's bus will be calling at the following venues between 11am and 3pm:
• Monday October 21 - Asda, Bruton Way, Gloucester
• Tuesday October 22 - Tesco, Stroud
• Wednesday October 23 - Waitrose, Cirencester
• Thursday October 24 - Co-op, Cinderford
• Friday October 25 - Morrisons, Tewkesbury
The bus will also be stopping at the pedestrian area opposite Cavendish House in Cheltenham between 9am and 5pm on Saturday October 26.