MATRIX SERIOUS ORGANISED CRIME TACKLE CRIMINALS ON THE ROAD NETWORK January 14th, 2014 admin Latest News Shares Comments MATRIX SERIOUS ORGANISED CRIME TACKLE CRIMINALS ON THE ROAD NETWORK Merseyside Police’s new Matrix Serious Organised Crime department is expanding its use of technology to tackle travelling criminals using the county’s roads and motorways. The Force’s network of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras is being increased in the coming months by 50 new camera sites across Merseyside to aid in the fight against serious and organised crime. Funding for the cameras will be generated by the police selling cars and other vehicles seized from criminals and proved to have been bought using proceeds from their crimes. Tomorrow (Wednesday 15th January 2014), officers from Merseyside Police will be demonstrating the use of ANPR cameras at key points on the road network to catch criminals passing through. ANPR works by automatically reading the registration of every vehicle that passes through it. The registration is then checked against a range of databases, including the Police National Computer (PNC), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and local police intelligence systems. Officers can then instantly tell if the vehicle is of interest to the police, such as being stolen or having been used in a recent crime, and then take neccessary action. The move to expand the force’s ANPR network follows a recent review of the use of technology and the launch of the MSOC strategy in tackling organised crime groups who are becoming ever more sophisticated in their methods and diverse in the crimes they commit. Chief Superintendent Mark Harrison said: “ANPR is a vital tool in our fight against serious and organised crime. Expanding it will increase our capability, and that of other law enforcement agencies here in the North-west, to identify how criminals are travelling around, where they are going and what they are doing. “Ultimately, this will lead to more criminals being arrested, stolen vehicles and illegal commodities being seized and serious crime being reduced in our neighbourhoods.” Ch Supt Harrison added: “It is satisfying knowing that these extra cameras and camera sites will be paid for by the criminals we are catching. We will be selling vehicles and other property that we seize from criminals using Proceeds of Crime legislation and ploughing that money back into crime-fighting. “I am sure the public will see this as a good thing and I would like to assure law-abiding people that they have nothing to fear from these cameras. They do not monitor speed, they simply check the number plate against a database. It is the criminals using our road networks to carry out crime that should really be worried.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!