|Kingsport Police Department
Dale Phipps, Chief of Police
200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
|SUBJECT:||K.P.D. Debuts Flock Safety Cameras in Kingsport|
|DATE:||April 25, 2023|
|The Kingsport Police Department is pleased to announce the recent installation of Flock Safety Automated License Plate Reading Cameras throughout our jurisdiction. K.P.D. is the first law enforcement agency in the Northeast Tennessee region to implement this technology.
Kingsport’s cameras are tied to a vast array of cameras in over 2,000 cities in 42 states across the country. This network of cameras captures a total of over one billion vehicles every single month. Statistics show that the vast majority of crimes are committed in conjunction with a vehicle, and most stolen vehicles are associated with additional crimes. Flock Safety Cameras are designed and built to capture sight, sound, and situation, which gives law enforcement the objective evidence that is needed to investigate and solve crime.
“Flock Safety Cameras are another tool in our crime-fighting toolbox to assist us with deterring and solving crimes and apprehending criminals,” said K.P.D. Chief of Police Dale Phipps. “We are extremely proud to be the first law enforcement agency in the Northeast Tennessee region to offer this incredible service to the citizens whom we are sworn to protect and serve. Having this technology at our disposal will help make Kingsport an even safer place than it already is to live, work, and raise our families.”
When a known stolen vehicle, a vehicle associated with a wanted fugitive, or a vehicle associated with a missing person travels through the community, K.P.D. will be instantly notified with real-time alerts to their presence and location. The cameras capture visual evidence, such as vehicle make, model, and color, license plate or lack thereof, and unique vehicle features, as well as contextual evidence, such as location, date, time, frequency, and associated vehicles.
Flock Safety reports an average of 120 of these “hot tag” alerts per hour across their nationwide network of cameras. Other communities in the Flock Safety network have reported significant reductions in crime and significant increases in both clearance rates and recovery of stolen property. The Kingsport cameras are already installed and fully operational.
|Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer
Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-343-9749 (FAX)