With help from Gov. Larry Hogan, the Ocean City Police Department will be able to place a permanent license plate reader at the foot of West Ocean City’s entrance.
In the first round of recipients of the 2016 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants from the governor’s office, Ocean City received $50,000 to cover some of the cost for a new plate reader at the Route 50 bridge.
“The remainder of the cost will be covered by other funds including a grant from Homeland Security,” Ocean City Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said. “No city tax dollars will be going towards this project.”
The reader scans thousands of vehicles’ plates in a short time and enters the information in national and state databases. Each plate is cross-referenced against wanted persons, missing persons, gang members and national sex offender lists.