License plate readers, seen as a tool for police in California community, draw concerns from others

The Wasco City Council unanimously approved the contract for the cameras in January but it wasn’t long before the pushback started. Automated License Plate Readers, as they’re known, have been hailed for their use in recovering stolen vehicles, locating wanted suspects and as an overall useful tool for law enforcement. The high-tech cameras, either affixed to a bridge or light pole or mounted to a police cruiser, can scan the plates of large volumes of passing vehicles. The cameras record the plate number, date, location and in some cases a photo of the vehicle. The vehicle’s information is run against lists of vehicles of interest and added to a database where they can remain for years. Opponents see it as an intrusive technology…