Ocean County To Share Traffic Camera Info With Feds

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TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Freeholders executed a memorandum of understanding to share license plate reader information with the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration.

Glenn Miller, chief of detectives for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, said the information reported won’t be monitored all the time, but will be used for specific incidents.

“The more information you can get, the better chance of preventing a crime or solving a crime,” he said.

The memorandum details the rules of who can access this information and why.

“This is really to put controls on how the information is used,” he said.

The county will have one or two officers who will be the only ones allowed to access the information. On the other side of the coin, the DEA will have certain people with access to the information.

The information would be accessed primarily for first and second degree crimes, like child abductions, terrorism, or murder, he said.

“We’re not mining information. We’re looking for something. ‘Let’s see if this car has ever been near this murder,’ “ he used as an example.