Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D–Long Beach) was joined by police officers from Nassau County’s Fourth Precinct today to announce a $50,000 grant he helped secure for the department to purchase new license plate scanning technology. The money comes from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, a provider of federal criminal justice funding.
“The Nassau County Police Department appreciates Assemblyman Weisenberg’s efforts to further public safety,” said William G. Flanagan, second deputy commissioner and spokesman for the Fourth Precinct. “The acquisition of additional automatic license plate readers will enable the police department to detect and deter criminal activity.”
“This advanced technology will help the Fourth Precinct police track criminals and get them off of our streets,” Weisenberg said. “It will help reduce crime and make Nassau County a safer place to live.”
License plate readers are able to scan license plates and instantly inform officers who the car is registered to, if it has been stolen and if the person has outstanding warrants or other criminal history. The new license plate readers will make it easier for police officers to identify and apprehend criminals, Weisenberg said.
The Nassau County Police Department has credited license plate scanners with helping reduce crime in the Five Towns and surrounding communities from 2009 to 2010. Even with fewer police officers on the force, criminal activity – specifically crimes of burglary, larceny and assault – has declined in Nassau County since last year.i
“I applaud the brave men and women of Nassau County’s Police Department for their determination in bringing down crime in our communities,” Weisenberg said. “I will continue supporting initiatives that help them keep our families and communities safe.”
i “Nassau Police Using Technology to Bring Crime Rate Down,” The South Shore Standard. April 8, 2011