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New ANPR solution for Kent Police

10 February, 2009

Software solutions supplier IPL has successfully deployed its automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) intelligence product at Kent Police.

IP ANPR, a powerful investigative solution combines automatic number plate recognition data with police intelligence and has already shown significant benefits to crime investigation at the force. In the first six months of use at Kent Police, IP ANPR has reduced the cost and time required for collection, preparation and manipulation of crime detection data and has also assisted intelligence analysts by significantly reducing the cost of preparing standard National Intelligence Model (NIM) analytical products

Chief Inspector Richard Watson, Kent Police’s Force Leader of ANPR, said, “One of the difficulties around policing is being swamped by data. IP ANPR allows us to efficiently filter through this mass of information to find exact details, saving valuable time and resources.”

The software tool forms part of IPL’s ‘Intelligent Policing’ suite of products developed for UK police forces. It creates seamless integration between intelligence data and maps, timelines, charts and tables created with ANPR data. IP ANPR then reveals patterns of behaviour, providing the police force with extensive investigative information.

Based on Kent Police Crime Reports two examples of successful outcomes using IP ANPR are shown below:

Common Assault: Further analysis of a Crime Report using IP ANPR revealed that the suspect vehicle was registered locally in Kent. The vehicle details were loaded to the mobile ANPR vehicle and, as a result, the ANPR team arrested a suspect who is currently on police bail pending further enquires.

Assault by Beating: IP ANPR confirmed that the offending vehicle was in the area and further investigations helped to locate the vehicle and identify the offender. The offender was subsequently interviewed concerning the offence and about other similar matters. The offender is currently on bail pending a decision to prosecute on this and other offences.

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