Crime Suppression Unit designed to keep Moultrie streets safe - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Crime Suppression Unit designed to keep Moultrie streets safer

Posted: Updated:
Sgt. Daniel Lindsay, Crime Suppression Unit Supervisor Sgt. Daniel Lindsay, Crime Suppression Unit Supervisor
Ylrick, Crime Suppression Unit K-9 Ylrick, Crime Suppression Unit K-9
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

A new unit with the Moultrie Police Department is cracking down on crime using advanced technology and a K-9.

What started out as a two person traffic enforcement unit is now a crime suppression unit with five officers who patrol the streets.  

"We are entrusted with traffic enforcement for the city. We do special covert operations such as underage alcohol buys, prostitution sting operations, street level drug operations," said Sgt. Daniel Lindsay.    

This 2011 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car is equipped with advanced technology like this license plate recognition system using these four cameras on the back of the car.  

"It will read up to 1800 license plates in a minute through those four cameras. As it reads each license plate it will display it on the right side of the screen and run it through a database that's been pre-downloaded," said Lindsay.  

The cameras take a picture of the license plate and the vehicle and alerts the officer if the vehicle is stolen or the registration is suspended or expired. Three-year-old Ylrick the K-9 is the sixth member in the unit. He's trained to detect narcotics, track and trail lost people or suspects and protect his handler Sgt. Lindsay. Ylrick's commands are spoken in German. Lindsay says the unit is taking criminals off the streets and making the streets of Moultrie safer. He says the unit is running smoothly with the five officers they have, but that he hopes it will continue to expand in the future.

Copyright 2014 WALB.  All rights reserved.