Car insurance: Police unveil super-car

Wednesday, 23 August 2006

Police in Dorset are hoping a new super-car will help to tackle crime and reduce road incidents.

The new motors, which include a BMW 530d, BMW X5, a Ford Mondeo ST220 and a Ford Focus, have all been fitted with high-tech police technology and equipment that could help to catch motorists who fail to have adequate car insurance or are driving a stolen vehicle.

The in-car equipment enables police officers to capture a wide range of data on the move and compare it to a number of databases. The vehicles are capable of automatic number plate recognition, speed detection, video capture, vehicle data recording, access to the force-wide system and satellite navigation. It is planned that fingerprint and face recognition software could eventually be added to the system.

Officers will also be able to use the in-car computer to complete paperwork and therefore reduce the amount of time needed to be spent back at the station, so if an accident has occured, speeding up the process of who's fault the crash was, will help car insurance customers more quickly.

Paul Chick, Dorset Police business project manager, explained: "Investing in the right equipment and technology means that we will be able to meet the needs of communities in Dorset by delivering operational policing at its best."

He added: "The system has the potential to increase the amount of time an officer will spend out of a station and on patrol, thereby ensuring that members of the public are aware of an even more highly visible police presence."

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