By Josh Bootsma
LANSING, Ill. (December 19, 2019) – On October 1st, the Lansing Village Board of Trustees approved the Lansing Police Department’s request to purchase and install license plate recognition cameras at three Lansing intersections, with hopes to install the cameras before the end of the year. During the Village Board Committee of the Whole meeting on December 17, Police Chief Dennis Murrin shared that the installation of the cameras has been delayed, but is still expected to occur in the next few months.
The cameras are designed to read license plates and capture car descriptions and will aid Lansing Police in identifying vehicles of interest that are leaving or entering Lansing. They will not be used to monitor traffic violations.
According to Murrin, the cause for the delay is a form from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) that the department was unaware of. The form is the Environmental and Historic Preservation Screening form, which helps FEMA determine the effects of various projects on the environment and historic properties.
Murrin said on Tuesday night that the form had been submitted, but will likely take 30-45 days to be approved.
“We do have the equipment coming in, so we should be able to hit the ground running once we get that [approval],” Murrin told the Board of Trustees.
Cameras will be installed at 173rd and Torrence, 176th and Torrence, and Ridge and Wentworth. The Lansing Police Department has benefited from these cameras in other municipalities and hopes installing them in Lansing will make it easier to catch criminals passing through three of Lansing’s more heavily used intersections.