ROMEOVILLE, IL —In an effort to continue his countywide initiative to encourage communities throughout Will County to deploy Flock cameras, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow presented a $2,500 check to Lewis University President Dr. David Livingston, and Chief of Police Mike Zegadlo, for the purchase of a Flock camera, according to a news release from the state’s attorney’s office.
Lewis University matched Glasgow’s donation by contributing $2,500 for a second camera, the release states. The two new Flock cameras will cover cars at the main entrance to Lewis University.
The state’s attorney’s office said the cameras assist law enforcement in proactively preventing crime by sending real-time alerts to law enforcement when a stolen car or known wanted suspect from a national crime database enters the jurisdiction. When any type of disturbance or crime is reported, a review of the camera date can yield the license plate or plates, not people or faces, or those who are responsible.
These special video cameras allow police to search by vehicle make, color, type and license plate; identify the state of the license plate; capture temporary plates, vehicles with a missing, covered or paper plate, unique vehicle details like roof racks, and bumper stickers; and even vehicles without plates, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
“With the deployment of Flock cameras throughout Will County, we hope to enhance public safety and prevent crime before it occurs.” Glasgow said in a release. “In fact, just a few days ago, the flock cameras at Lewis University detected an unwanted subject on campus and officials were able to act immediately.”
Aside from Lewis University, Glasgow has donated the costs of Flock cameras in Beecher, Elwood, Homer Glen, Manhattan, Mokena and Wilmington. The contributions, which currently total $30,000 were used for twelve cameras so far with nine additional cameras in the pipeline.
The state’s attorney’s office said these cameras were funded entirely with money forfeited by criminals, and none with the use of taxpayer dollars.