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Ontario Investing In Fighting Auto Theft

Ontario Investing In Fighting Auto Theft

investing $286,324 to help the Thunder Bay Police Service

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  November 23, 2022 (LNSews) The provincial government is investing $286,324 to help the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) implement Automated License Plate Recognition Technology (ALPR).

“These funds will help enhance the system that is in place to alert officers to stolen or expired plates, or plates registered to suspended drivers,” noted Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Kevin Holland. “This can also notify officers of missing and wanted persons and vehicles associated with AMBER alerts, which will be beneficial in northwestern Ontario.”

The Automated Licence Plate Recognition Technology Grant is a one-time grant to help police services strengthen roadside law enforcement efforts and improve public safety across the province.

“This investment further demonstrates our government’s plan to ensure police services across Ontario have the resources and equipment they need to keep our communities safe,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “I am confident that this tool will be a tremendous asset to police services and help them combat incidents of auto theft and enhance public safety.”


  • ALPR technology is a system of cameras and supporting software that captures licence plate information and immediately compares plate numbers to a Ministry of Transportation (MTO) database with vehicle and vehicle owner information. It also has the capability of capturing vehicles of interest (e.g., amber alerts, stolen vehicles, suspended driver(s), etc.).
  • ALPR technology does not detect moving violations such as speeding, going through a red light or stop sign, and distracted driving.
  • The investment in ALPR technology supports Ontario’s recent move to eliminate licence plate renewal fees and stickers for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds by allowing licence plate information to be read automatically without requiring an officer to see a physical licence sticker to validate a vehicle.

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Kevin Holland was elected to be the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Thunder Bay-Atikokan after previously serving as the Mayor of the Township of Conmee. Over the 30 years on council, Kevin served on multiple boards and most recently served as the First Vice-Chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) and as a board member of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association.

He also served as a Director for the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards, Chair of the Ontario Provincial Police/Lakehead Police Services Board, Chair of the Conmee Non-Profit Housing Corporation, and as Vice-Chair of the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board.



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