Information & Technology Unit
Lieutenant Meredith McLaughlin
Information and Technology Unit
The Information and Technology Unit handles all the computer-related needs of the Yonkers Police Department. The unit is comprised of trained personnel. It also coordinates all computer related training department-wide. In 2011 the unit installed a Records Management System which computerize all incident reports.
Some of the systems the unit maintains and supports:
- Camera System
- Records Management System
- Computer-aided Dispatch System (CAD)
- E911 Emergency Telephone Interface
- Zetron fire station alert interface RACAL voice recorder system
- Office desktop systems (printers,scanners ...)
- Detective reporting writing system
- Motorola Radio System Interface
- Printrak photo imaging system
- ISDN data communications network
- Warrant Squad local warrants database system
- Forensic Lab computer equipment
- IAD random drug test pick system
License Plate Reader
A license plate reader (LPR) can recognize over 1,000 license plates an hour on vehicles as they pass either a portable or stationary unit. The information downloaded into the plate reader from the New York State Police Information Network (NYSPIN) allows a law enforcement officer performing a special detail or routine patrol to detect a motor vehicle driven by an unlicensed and/or revoked operator or any other motor vehicle insurance violation. It is also an essential tool when an Amber Alert is issued as the LPR can alert the officer if the license plate related to the Amber Alert is detected. The LPR can also be used for homeland security, electronic surveillance, suspect interdiction, stolen property recovered, facility management and a number of other policing requirements. Currently, the LPR in Yonkers is primarily used for identifying stolen vehicles, stolen license plates, suspects and vehicle and insurance issues. The City of Yonkers currently has 10 fixed and 8 mobile license plate readers with 4 additional sites to be added by the end of 2019.
Yonkers Police Department Intranet
The Police Department has developed an intranet to facilitate the work of officers in pursuit of the Department’s objectives. The intranet allows the officer to access the Alcohol and Beverage Control Law Index, Criminal Procedure Law, Penal Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law as well as the Department’s Policy and Procedure. Officers can also access various databases related to crime, parole, probation and warrants. On-line training classes are also available for the officers to do at their convenience. The Yonkers Police Department intranet allows for the sharing of information so that the officers can make more informed decisions right at their fingertips.