Richland police using technology to catch criminals

RICHLAND, Wash. - The Tri-Cities is getting more technology to catch criminals by scanning license plates.

The devices will automatically scan license plates any time they come into their line of vision. They'll be added to the dash of two cruisers, one in Richland and one in Pasco. Kennewick already has a scanner and police say it alerts them any time it matches a wanted vehicle.
The devices were paid for through a state grant.

"If a vehicle theft occurs, no mater where it is, and it's traveling through our area, we're going to be able to know about it very quickly," said Richland Cpt. Mike Cobb.

The new devices should be installed by summer.