Meeting in Tulsa to address questions, concerns about license-plate reading tech

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By John Dobberstein. Editor

Leadership from the Tulsa Police Department and representatives from Tulsa Crime Stoppers will be meeting with community members Tuesday night to discuss camera technology they is controversial to some and welcomed by others.

The meeting runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the neighborhoods close to Ellen Ochoa Elementary Tuesday, 12000 E. 31st Street, Tulsa.

Tulsa police will be discussing the placement and usage of Flock Safety Devices. This meeting is open to the public.

The department partnered with Flock Safety to bring a technological advantage for reducing BBC crime and keeping neighborhoods safer. The 12-month long program comes at zero cost for Tulsans or the Tulsa Police Department and will be used as a proof-of-concept test.

Flock Safety automated license plate reading (ALPR) devices help law enforcement investigate crime by providing objective evidence. They capture license plates and vehicle characteristics, not people or faces, the department says. 

The devices send a real-time alert to law enforcement when a stolen car or known wanted vehicle from a state or national crime database drives by the device.

The devices can also send alerts if a vehicle associated with a missing person in an AMBER or Silver Alert is detected.

Flock Safety is used in over 1,400 cities across 40 states, and the company works with over 1,000 police departments. The devices have been shown to reduce crime by up to 70%.

“As we examine the efficacy of this program, we want to speak to the communities impacted by crime and create an open forum to discuss the benefits of the program and discuss any concerns that they may have,” Tulsa police said in a statement earlier this year.

“Transparency and cooperation are both key elements in the success of this initiative. Over the next several weeks we are scheduling meetings all over town with members of the community and community leaders.

“These meetings are open to all, and we encourage attendance for anyone interested in the program.”

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