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Cumming police getting license plate reader
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CUMMING — Getting past Cumming police is about to get more difficult.

Last week, the Cumming City Council voted 5-0 to approve a new license plate reader system for the department. The system will be bought from Applied Intelligent Systems for $23,597.

“This is a camera system that you fit to a patrol car,” said Chief Casey Tatum. “It’s external and it reads tags from three different cameras mounted on the outside of the car.”

Tatum said after photos of tags are taken, they are then automatically compared to a “hot list,” a database of drivers with violations.

“That hot list contain information on expired and suspended registration, stolen vehicles, wanted persons,” he said. “A whole different array of things compares to that list.”

Officers who would use the system have already been trained, as the department used it for a trial period in 2014.

“We tested this system last year for about 30 days,” Tatum said. “There was about 600 tags that met that criteria … here in the city of Cumming.”

During a stop, officers will be required to verify all information from the system before making an arrest or issuing a citation. The system is expected to arrive within a month.

Also during its meeting Tuesday night, the city council:

* Approved a $304 payment to the law firm of Cruser and Mitchell, which represented the city during a recent federal investigation.

* Purchased a 2015 Ford Explorer for the police department. Mayor H. Ford Gravitt opted for the four-wheel drive version, as the city did not have any such vehicles during recent winter storms.