SkyCop takes DES high-tech Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
By Kerstin Lopez
GUIDON staff

Over the past couple of months, there have been some new additions to the Fort Leonard Wood military police station — two high-tech 2009 Dodge Chargers.

Two of four new Chargers have been equipped with the latest SkyCop System. The Directorate of Emergency Services is adopting this new system, and is still in the process of getting the program on its feet.

The SkyCop System is a computerized surveillance tool used by law enforcement across the nation, but Fort Leonard Wood is the only Army installation equipped with the system. It has four components, three on the outside of the vehicle and one inside. The device on top of the vehicle has three beneficial features, which include license plate recognition, scanning and infrared capabilities. A small touch screen computer mounted to the dashboard inside the vehicle, houses the windows-based program.

The SkyCop database is still being setup, but should be fully operational soon, said Sgt. Anthony Narug, traffic accident investigator.

 “As with any new technology, there are always some set-backs. Once all the kinks are worked out of the system, this program will work perfectly,” Narug said.  

    The camera system on the vehicle allows the military police patrols to be more vigilant and focused on specific tasks.

    The license plate reader is a unique and useful tool, Narug said. While the patrol car is in motion, the LPR reads license plates on vehicles as they pass, and runs that information against an internal database to see if it is a wanted vehicle. If the LPR detects a wanted vehicle, the computer in the patrol car will notify the system operator so that appropriate action can be taken.

    “The mobile LPR has actually helped me find a hit-and-run subject vehicle in the past,” Narug said.  

    The infrared camera has also proven to be quite handy for the patrols. During night shifts, a patrol can use the system to investigate areas such as Colyer Park and housing areas without having to vacate the vehicle and jeopardizing their safety.

    The infrared camera can be used to aid in searching for people in dark or wooded areas, Narug said.

    In the short time the SkyCop system has been implemented on the installation, it has proven to be a valuable tool in the law enforcement mission on Fort Leonard Wood, Narug said.



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