NEIL Hamilton, MS for Mid & West Wales, and Leader of UKIP Wales is urging his constituents to respond to a UK wide police survey.
Mr Hamilton, a member of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs committee, is encouraging people to have their say on the use of automatic number plate recognition, ANPR in Dyfed-Powys.
“ANPR technology is used by Dyfed-Powys Police, who cover the Mid & West Region of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. Many people have understandable reservations about automatic number plate recognition but the police want ANPRas a tool in the fight against crime.
“The police feel it helps them to keep one step ahead of criminals and ultimately leads to keeping us all safer.
“It is vitalthat everyone who has a view on this takes the trouble to express that view on the use of these cameras so I would urge my constituents to take part in the short survey which is completely anonymous.
“This is an extremely important consultation which will help to develop a strategy for the use of ANPR for all the police forces in the UK.”
ANPR technology is used by police forces across the UK, including Dyfed-Powys Police, to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality, including organised crime groups and terrorists.
The registration plate cameras are governed by strict codes of practice and 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 ANPR system is also used insome petrol stations or car parks to keep us safe.
The anonymous survey is open from February 15 and closes on March 7 and will only take a few minutes of your time to complete. Responses will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
To take part in the survey go to:
ANPR: Have your Say | Dyfed-Powys Police (dyfed-powys.police.uk)