Notes: Alexandria Police Department pushing for funding to double down on license plate readers

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Alexandria Police at Alexandria City High School’s Minnie Howard Campus (staff photo by James Cullum)

The Alexandria Police Department is pushing for funding to create an Alexandria Real-Time Information Center, WUSA9 reported.

The new facility would be a hub for processing data like a registry of doorbell cameras and license plate readers.

WUSA9 reported that there are 16 license plate readers around the city, which have already helped track down one prison escapee, and police said adding more can help with locating stolen vehicles, suspects and missing people.

The Alexandria Police Department is hoping to get $20,000 for the new Real-Time Information Center. That funding was initially set aside to incentivize businesses and homeowners to invest in private security cameras, but WUSA9 reported that a variety of legal hurdles left that idea in limbo.

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