CENTRAL, La. (BRPROUD) – The Central Police Department received the go-ahead on Tuesday night to receive nine license plate reading cameras.

A resolution passed at the city council meeting in Central on Tuesday night, which will provide “an investigative tool to assist our officer’s in deterring crime and assisting in locating and apprehending wanted offenders, from other communities or states which may travel into our city to escape being captured by authorities,” according to Central Chief of Police Roger Corcoran.

A copy of the resolution can be found below:

Chief Corcoran addressed some of the concerns in the community about the cameras and more in a statement. That statement is provided in full below:

From Chief Corcoran,

I generally do not post responses on social media, but as Central’s Chief of Police I feel a response is needed for several post I read earlier.

First, Central Police Department as well as our counter part, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office work in unison together every day to keep our citizens and travelers through our city safe.
We are in the top 10 of the largest cities in this state with over 30,000 residents.

Central Police Department is responsible for working all wrecks which occur within our city limits, whether the wreck happens on a State, Parish or City roadway. Central Police Department works more than 70 roadway crashes a month which does not include private property crashes. My Officers also handle much more than working wrecks or writing tickets.

I’ve seen posts from several citizens about the new Central Police units sitting on the lot of the Police Department and not in service. The reason they haven’t been placed into service is due to the availability of equipment to be installed on the new units. We are no different than other departments having problems with the shortage of emergency equipment. Other departments have 30, 50, 100 plus units sitting on their motorpool lots waiting on equipment. We were very fortunate to get the 3 we have already purchased thanks to our citizens of Central purchasing 2 of the Tahoes and a grant from the state which is being used to purchase 3 additional vehicles. The Police Department’s last new vehicles were purchased in 2017. One used vehicle was purchased using insurance reimbursement funds. The average mileage on our fleet is 100,000 miles. Our officer’s take very good care of the units with regularly scheduled maintenance.
Vehicles do need replacement over time due to the expense of maintenance for aging vehicles and Officer safety.

Next on my list is the New Flock cameras. These cameras will read license plates only. They will serve to alert our agency when a vehicle that has been entered into the master system as a felony offender, violent offender, stolen vehicle, child abduction, or hit and run suspects to name a few that enter into our city. The cameras will be used as an Investigative tool to assist our officer’s in deterring crime and assisting in locating and apprehending wanted offenders, from other communities or states which may travel into our city to escape being captured by authorities.

I understand concern, but I can assure you these cameras are and will be used as an Investigative tool to assist our law enforcement in protecting you, our citizens and our children of Central from the bad faction of society entering our community. And folks we encounter this faction of society everyday here in Central.
I have had an open door policy since being elected as Central’s Chief of Police. My door is always open for our citizens concerns.

I understand concern, but I can assure you these cameras are and will be used as an investigative tool to assist our law enforcement in protecting you, our citizens and our children of Central from the bad faction of society entering our community. And folks we encounter this faction of society everyday here in Central.
I have had an open door policy since being elected as Central’s Chief of Police. My door is always open for our citizens concerns.

I have invited numerous people who have complained, to come sit down with me at the Police Department and address their concerns. I invite constructive criticism, which doesn’t hurt anyone.
I’ve even invited numerous individuals to apply or volunteer as a reserve officer which requires many hours of training.

Last of all, I was elected to keep our community safe and I will use every tool and up to date technology available to Law Enforcement and the men and women of this department to achieve that goal. Once again, If anyone has a concern or problem with the Central Police Department, please, feel free to come sit with me. I will answer your questions and concerns.
I will have Coffee waiting. I look forward to seeing you.

Chief Roger Corcoran