One of the items requested in the budget proposed by Butler Township Chief John Hayes to the Township Commissioners could be used to solve crimes involving vehicles.
Hayes would like to see the township join a regional network of license plate reading cameras by placing one pointed in each direction at four major township intersections.
The Commissioners are expected to approve this request at a fraction of the actual cost using grant money available from the Butler County District Attorney’s Office. The Township would pay about $11,000 for instillation and a little over $2,000 yearly to be able to access the online network of all cameras which eventually could be nationwide.
Similar cameras have already been approved to be installed in the City of Butler and Cranberry Township. The cameras will not be used for traffic enforcement, instead police see them as an investigative tool.