Greensboro Metropolis Council discusses methods to enhance public security; License plate reader put in

GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – License plate readers have been installed at several intersections in Greensboro to improve public safety, according to Greensboro Police Chief Brian James.

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The department does not disclose the exact locations to readers, which could help officers locate suspects.

A department spokesman said Wednesday that if the software is installed and staff are properly trained, the cameras will be operational in several days.

James announced that the cameras had arrived during the Tuesday night city council meeting.

Councilor Yvonne Johnson asked James if using other cameras to capture high crime areas would help reduce crime. He replied that it was possible, but there were challenges.

“It would come under the same restrictions as the body camera to the extent that it can be made public … but we could certainly use it in a criminal investigation,” he said.

In an effort to recruit and retain more civil servants, Mayor Nancy Vaughan urged councilors to reconsider a vehicle-entry policy for civil servants.

“We heard stories that we recently lost two officers at High Point. High Point has take away cars, ”she said. “In my opinion, this is a huge benefit for the police and the equivalent of about $ 3,000 to $ 5,000 a year.”

Councilor Sharon Hightower would like to know more about the cost and location of the officers before endorsing the idea.

“I don’t want our community to feel watched, it is being overseen. There are cameras on every corner, police cars in the neighborhoods, ”she said on Wednesday.

She wants people to feel safe and supported, so she directs her questions to James about additional racial justice training for officers.

“That only happens in tense times,” she says. “Then it’s a topic that we don’t talk about, it kind of fades away, but it’s important. It is too important for us not to continue the dialogue. ”

James said Tuesday that funding for additional training was recently approved. He expected the money to be available in December.

Vaughan said she asked the city manager to present a proposal for a policy on take-away vehicles to the city council in November.

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