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Fulton County police are patrolling the streets near Estonian Drive in an armored vehicle that looks like something you'd see during war said south Fulton County resident John Hunter.
"It's a bit much. It's not Afghanistan," Hunter said.
Officers said the equipment is essential in their war on crime. "It's all in an effort to try to curb all of the crime that's going on," Fulton County police Det. Melissa Parker said.A
On Maryland Highway 200, Officer Yancey Anthony patrols with two extra sets of eyes. Cameras, mounted on his cruiser's trunk, scan and photograph the license tags of passing cars -- sounding alarms when possible violators are spotted.
The license readers instantly check plates and the names of vehicle owners against registration records, fugitive warrants, and criminal data bases -- giving police critical information.
The camera alerts Officer Anthony to a silver Toyota. He tells the driver that his tags are coming back suspended.
The license readers can scan 1,800 plates a minute -- on cars going as fast as 150 mph.
Originally posted by roadgravel
The police department got money from the federal government to buy it and the police want to play with their toy. Now they have a reason.
"It's all in an effort to try to curb all of the crime that's going on," Fulton County police Det. Melissa Parker said.