FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - The Flint police department is bringing 37 new cameras to the city to help fight crime.
This comes after Flint City Council unanimously approved the purchase of the automated license plate reading cameras on the Nov. 15 city council meeting.
The Flock cameras are used by law enforcement across the country to proactively prevent crimes.
As crime has continued to rise during 2021, Green said this kind of technology can be critical to protect the city of Flint.
The cameras capture license plates and vehicle characteristics -- not people or faces. Those images are sent to police in real time so they can act immediately.
"The primary capability is that this goes to our patrol vehicles directly to those officers," said Flint Police Chief Terance Green. "They can also go to mobile devices. Cell phones, our iPad's and things of that nature."
The Flint police department will now have 62 crime fighting cameras across the city after city council members approved 37 new cameras be purchased for just shy of $100,000.
In May of 2021, 25 similar cameras were installed across the city.
"I know we have one in Tim Hortons on Ballenger, one at Dr. Pyattes, on at Save-A-Lot and one that was installed on Eldorado Drive," said Councilwoman Toyna Burns.