Located just outside of Nashville, Mt. Juliet ("City") has seen exponential population and business growth over the last decade, with over 32,000 residents who now call Mt. Juliet home. Mt. Juliet Police Department (MJPD) has 76 full-time employees and nearly 50 volunteers who are committed to keeping their residents and visitors safe by providing the best possible service and being community strong.
The City and MJPD were looking to roll out the community’s Automated License Plate Recognition (“ALPR”) program which the department termed “Guardian Shield.” The Guardian Shield program was initiated to enhance the community’s safety by providing an additional tool to further protect and shield residents and visitors from criminals who enter the City to cause harm. MJPD wanted a ALPR partner who shared the same mission, was affordable and reliable and who could grow and scale as the Guardian Shield program evolved.
Thirty-seven locations for fixed cameras have been identified that will provide the best possible coverage to protect the entire Mt. Juliet community. $89,000 has been budgeted per year and Rekor Systems will support the cameras pending successful final approvals.
MJPD saw the value of their decision even before they finalized their purchase order. "Importantly, it proved its value immediately during testing by helping us to catch a wanted fugitive and take a dangerous man off the streets,” said Chief James Hambrick, MJPD.
Before selecting Rekor, MJPD and IT professionals conducted rigorous testing and an extensive review of Rekor and other leading license plate recognition systems. After testing was completed, the Rekor solutions clearly outperformed competitors. An alert generated from Rekor led to the successful apprehension of an armed and dangerous fugitive from a nearby county.
“Our number one priority is maintaining the safety of our community, and we are always looking for robust tools and technologies that can help us to do so. Rekor’s Edge and Watchman vehicle recognition technology provided better results than its competition during our trial period.”
MJPD saw immediate results from their Guardian Shield program, including intercepting several stolen vehicles, apprehension of both an alleged sexual assault suspect and murder suspect, and interdiction of illegal drugs.
Working with Rekor
MJPD has set a high standard for thoughtful ALPR program deployment, complete with frequent and transparent communications with their constituents. Rekor is proud to partner with MJPD and shares in its mission to keep officers and community members safe.