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plate scanners, similar to the ones used on the Turnpike, are a hot issue in
is only one cruiser in the county with license plate readers, but now the
sheriff wants to do away with them.
scanners sit on the trunk of the car. One faces the front, the other, the back.
They scan license plates as cars drive by.
used to help track stolen cars and people with warrants," explained Sheriff Stephen
Levorchick. "It's not like we get a stolen car from it every day. It's not like
we get people with warrants that are identified with the license plate readers
every single day."
sheriff's office started using the scanners in 2012. Sheriff Levorchick says he
doesn't want to downplay the crime in Ottawa County, but says the issue he has
with the scanners is where the information goes. He says he's been told it's
sent to the federal government, but on Tuesday, he talked to a member of the Ohio
what I've been told, that information stays right here in northwest Ohio, and
it's to be used by law enforcement in northwest Ohio, and it's not being shared
with the federal government," he said.
sheriff says after he finds out exactly where the information from the scanners
goes, he will decide whether or not to use them.