Cleaveland’s number plate monitoring system. which monitors roads to detect and limit the movement of known criminals may face the axe.
The automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) unit has greatly improved the identification of known, organised criminals in the Cleveland area.
However, operated by five police officers and an analyst, the unit faces closure amid a cull of employees within the police force.
It may come as a surprise to many, as in the past 10 month the ANPR unit has been responsible for seizing lb500,000 in drugs and cash, 200 arrests and 300 vehicles being seized.
In addition, a mass of important information has been presented to colleagues.
Speaking about the possible action, Stephen Matthews, chairman of the Cleveland Police Federation, said: “The team do a great job. It is effective and has been a success, it has even had national recognition.
“But from what I have been told, this vital service is sadly going.
“And it’s not just the ANPR team, we are haemorrhaging officers at a rate of 10 a month at the moment.
“Every aspect of policing is being cut back on.
“We have no idea when this is going to end. There’s cuts and cuts and cuts happening at an alarming rate.
“We need to be honest with the public and admit that we are under severe financial pressures and policing is under the cosh.
“We can’t just keep saying the front line is not going to be affected, it is and I take issue when people say it won’t be.”
In an attempt to add some clarity to the situation, Cleveland Police’s Assistant Chief Constable, Sean White, said: “We recognise the importance of ANPR as a valuable tool in denying criminals the use of the roads and we are keen to maximise efficiency.
“We are currently working towards achieving this and I would reassure people that we are fully committed to maintaining and improving our ANPR capability.
“Final details around future plans will be communicated out in due course.”
For a unique personalised registration that says something about you, just contact the experts at Nationla Numbers, on