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Predicting Public Support for the Use of License Plate Recognition Technology by Police

NCJ Number
Police Practice and Research Volume: 15 Issue: 5 Dated: 2014 Pages: 373-388
Linda M. Merola; Cynthia Lum
Date Published
16 pages
This article presents results from the first community opinion survey on police use of license plate recognition (LPR) technology, and multinomial logistic regression models of citizen support for the technology were developed.
The use of LPR technology by police is becoming increasingly common. LPR may be used by police for many purposes, ranging from stolen vehicle location to more complex surveillance and predictive functions. Existing research has not examined community support for this technology, even though it has potential to impact police legitimacy with a community. Regression results from the community opinion survey on LPR technology used by police indicates that a number of factors significantly predict citizen support for police use of LPR, including increased trust in police and the belief that LPR information is public information. (Publisher abstract modified)