COLONIE NY POLICE DEPARTMENT AWARDED ELSAG'S GOLDEN CAMERA
COLONIE POLICE DEPARTMENT AWARDED ELSAG'S GOLDEN CAMERA
January 24, 2001-ELSAG North America, a world leader in license plate recognition technology for law enforcement, working closely with Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and over 300 agencies in New York, ELSAG’s systems have made police officers more effective and efficient in stopping vehicle related crimes throughout the state.
For the second time, ELSAG North America recognized a police agency whose innovative use of LPR Technology has aided the agency in their mission to provide the safer communities by combating vehicle driven criminal activities.
ELSAG Vice Presidents Nate Maloney and Rob Garrigan, along with Terri Egan, NYS DMV Deputy Commissioner and Chuck DeWeese, Assistant Commissioner, NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee presented the ELSAG Golden Camera Award to the Town of Colonie, NY Police Department for their innovative and outstanding use of License Plate Recognition Technology to make the streets and community of Colonie a safer place to live and work during halftime at of Stop DWI Night at the Siena College-Rider University Men’s Basketball on January 24th in Albany, NY.
Since adopting ELSAG’s License Plate Recognition Technology, the Colonie Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Steven Heider, has utilized the technology on a daily basis to identify suspended or revoked vehicle registrations and operators as well as the identification and recovery of stolen motor vehicles. Plate Hunter equipped vehicles are seen patrolling high traffic areas like Route 9 and Wolf Road. The department uses the systems to assist with their efforts to enhance public safety in areas with large crowds and excessive traffic like Colonie Center and Latham Farms.
The Town of Colonie Police Department is the first agency in New York State to enforce Leandra's Law, a felony for drunk driving with children in the vehicle, through the operation of the Mobile Plate Hunter. While on patrol, Officer Chris Smith was called into action when the Mobile Plate Hunter alarmed on an unregistered vehicle. During the course of the routine traffic stop, Officer Smith discovered the driver was intoxicated; turning a routine ticketing into a felony arrest. The actions of Officer Smith with the assistance of the Mobile Plate Hunter took another drunk driver off the road.
Accepting the award on behalf of the Town of Colonie Police Department were Lt. Ken Pero and Officer Chris Smith.