PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office has announced that they will be installing automated license plate reading (ALPR) cameras in strategic areas around the county to solve and prevent crime. The cameras are built by Flock Safety, a public safety technology company that helps neighborhoods, communities, and law enforcement work together to fight crime.

Flock Safety ALPR cameras help law enforcement investigate crime by providing objective evidence license plates and vehicle characteristics.

To proactively prevent crime from occurring, the cameras could send a real-time alert to law enforcement when a stolen car or known wanted suspect from a state or national crime database enters the jurisdiction. They can also send alerts if a vehicle associated with a missing person in an AMBER or Silver Alert is detected.

Sheriff Mike Evans, who initiated this pilot program, commented “The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office will maintain policy around usage of the LPR system. Each search requires a justification, and the data is never sold or shared with third parties. The cameras will be used to solve and reduce property and violent crime and are not intended for minor traffic violations. Although Calvert County is a safe place, this pilot program will allow us to better serve and protect the citizens of Calvert County by using technology to fight crime”.

Flock Safety cameras are in use in over 2,000 cities across 40 states, and the company works with thousands of law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement have reported crime reductions of up to 70% when deploying Flock Safety in their communities.

“At Flock Safety, we believe in building strong bonds between police departments and the citizens they pledge to protect, and we’re proud to partner with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office to help them in the pursuit of public safety,” said Garrett Langley, CEO of Flock Safety.

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is eager to utilize this proactive technology which has proven to be a valuable force multiplier. This technology will provide access to real-time data which will make current crime detection and prevention resources more efficient and effective.

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  1. Oh great. Big brother is alive and well in Calvert County. The free unmolested travel of law abiding citizens is no more, and will now be recorded everywhere one goes. Privacy and autonomy are now thrown out the window under guise of “safety”. So thankful that Evans is out the door. The next Sheriff had better end this affront to freedom and liberty.

    1. If you are not freely traveling in a stolen vehicle, displaying stolen tags, have an open warrant or have a child that you abducted in the vehicle then your travel will not be molested.

      1. They may not stop you, but they will be surveilling and recording everyone and sharing that information with whoever they want. This is against the law.

    2. There have been ALPR cameras watching vehicles entering and leaving Calvert for years and no one has complained about those. These Flock cameras will be the same.

  2. So, Dan Wilson, are you OK with having to pay for your stickers while MANY others drive freely with expired ones? MANY people in southern Maryland do. Aren’t you glad when they find and catch people with stolen vehicles?
    These things are cameras and tag readers. They do not check your speed.
    Now I’m totally against government overreach into our lives but, if you haven’t committed a crime, what are you worried about?

    1. If you have nothing to hide, haven’t committed a crime, how about a cursory search of your entire house at the time of their choosing?

    2. Dan’s just another upset Democrat because he sees what’s coming. Dave McDowell for Sheriff.

    3. If you have nothing to hide, haven’t committed a crime, how about a cursory search of your entire house at the time of their choosing?

      1. To equate running a license plate through a database with a camera and searching someone’s house is just an idiotic statement, so much so that I have to think you’re either joking or trying to stir the pot for conspiracy theorists.

    4. I actually agree with Archie on this one. If you haven’t committed a crime you shouldn’t be upset with this. It is the same premise as background checks and waiting periods to buy a gun, isn’t it Archie?

  3. Everything thing in public is fair game. I can get your tag # and pay Md DMV $5.00 and get all your information then go to Md Land Records website and see where you live, how much you paid for your house and what bank you borrowed money from. I can go to Md case search and see if you ever been arrested. Nothing is private anymore so you should thank the Sheriffs Office for trying to keep the thugs out.

  4. the cameras send real-time alert to law enforcement when a stolen car or known wanted suspect from a state or national crime database enters the jurisdiction. Definitely need on Route 4 and you will find the skunks !

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