Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Experiences Rapid Case Resolution with Real-time Intelligence and LPR for Every Roadway
November 3, 2023
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office (Spokane SO) in Washington’s fourth-largest county, serves the diverse Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area, which includes mountain roads, city streets, and major highways like Interstate-90.
Dedicated to advancement in public safety, they continually upgrade their technology, and have teamed up with Flock Safety to bolster investigative efficiency and safeguard their police force.
For Spokane SO, the value of License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology was clear for many years, but budget constraints kept them from harnessing its benefits. Their reliance on eyewitness accounts or manually sifting through hours of video footage wasn’t just inefficient — it was inaccurate. With a vast jurisdiction to patrol and staffing limitations, large portions of Spokane remained unchecked, opening areas of opportunity for crime.
Enter the Flock Safety Falcon®. With its suite of LPR cameras, Spokane could now tap into Vehicle Fingerprint® data, access real-time alerts, and harness searchable evidence — all without the need for expensive infrastructure. These hassle-free cameras now provide coverage on most Spokane roadways.
The addition of the Flock Safety Falcon FlexTM cameras provided location flexibility, while the Flock Safety Falcon® ensured coverage on the county’s diverse high-speed, high-traffic roads. For the Spokane deputies and RTIC analysts, FlockOS® became an indispensable tool. This platform integrates video, LPR, and audio detection data, ensuring law enforcement is always a step ahead.
Rapid Resolution of a Violent Assault
When a woman was attacked in a remote Spokane County region, the assailant’s escape route took him right past several Flock LPR cameras. Thanks to the victim’s detailed car description, deputies identified the assailant in just 30 minutes. Further LPR camera data analysis revealed the attacker had been scouting victims for weeks. “This technology was critical in us finding this person and arresting him before he could re-offend,” Sheriff Nowells remarked.
Faster than 911 – FlockOS® Enables Proactive Policing
The synergy of Flock Safety’s LPR camera network with FlockOS® transformed the Real-Time Intelligence Center (RTIC) of Spokane County SO. Lt. Justin Elliot shared, “In the RTIC, we’re privy to live 911 calls even before dispatch hears them. We input reported vehicle details into FlockOS ® Custom Hot Lists, allowing us to respond more quickly in an immediate window where we have the best opportunity for resolution.”
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