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ANPR Police survey

17 February 2021

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The police are looking to get your thoughts around the use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) in Suffolk.


ANPR technology is used by police forces across the UK to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality, including organised crime groups and terrorists. The registration plate cameras are governed by strict codes of practice. They are most commonly used to alert officers to stolen vehicles, vehicles that have been involved in crime or to help locate missing people. The data they collect can also be used in investigations. The survey will be live for 3 weeks from 15 February, closing on 7 March.


You’ve probably seen how ANPR works from TV programmes or you may even use a petrol station or car park which uses the system to keep you safe. Just in case you haven’t, we’ve made a short film to show how ANPR Is used. The video shows the use of ANPR in West Midlands Police in locating a missing person. To watch it, click here for the video.


ANPR is a vital tool to help policing stay one step ahead of criminals and better protect people. Your views play an important part in how we do this. The anonymous national survey from the National Police Chiefs’ Council will only take a few minutes of your time to complete. Click here for the survey and is live until 7 March. Thank you for your time in completing it.