Mt. Juliet Police Release Proposal, Identify Potential Locations For License Plate Recognition Program to Alert on Wanted Persons, Stolen Vehicles, & Vehicles Used in Serious Crimes

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A request for proposal was released today by the City of Mt. Juliet Information Technology (I.T.) department to identify a vendor who will provide Mt. Juliet Police Department’s Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) program. When complete, the ALPR program will not be used for anything traffic enforcement related. It will solely alert Mt. Juliet Police officers on vehicles listed on a Hotlist or investigate crimes, such as criminal homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, theft, dangerous drugs, or a wanted person. License plate data captured by the ALPR program can only be retained for 90 days per state law. However, the department will only keep data for 30 days per internal policy unless it is data associated with a criminal investigation.

“Ultimately, our department wants to protect our community from criminals who come into our city to victimize our residents and visitors, stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “Many of the criminals use stolen vehicles or vehicles that have been used in serious crimes as a mode of transportation to travel into our city. The ALPR program will alert us to their presence so they can be apprehended before victimizing someone in our community. We cannot nor do we have the desire to use the cameras for automated traffic enforcement to catch motorists running red lights or speeding.”

After the city allocated $100,000 in funding to support the program this fiscal year, beginning in July, the department and I.T. professionals began to evaluate the different technology associated with ALPR programs. During the process, 37 locations were identified throughout the city as potential locations for an ALPR system so that the prospective vendor could provide an approximate cost for the overall program. Those locations were identified because they give the best possible coverage to protect the entire Mt. Juliet community.

The department tested a single ALPR site for around 60 days, which led to the discovery of stolen vehicles and wanted persons who were apprehended. In one instance, officers pursued a stolen vehicle that was occupied by four teenagers, back into Nashville before the pursuit was terminated due to dangerous speeds.

A vendor will be selected after proposals are received on December 17, 2019.

List of proposed locations:

   Sites Proposed ALPR Locations Direction of camera
1 Nonaville Rd / Saundersville Rd South
2 North Green Hill / at Green Hill High South
3 North Green Hill / at Lebanon Rd East
4 Lebanon Rd / Matterhorn East
5 Lebanon Rd / Matterhorn West
6 West Division St / County Line East
7 West Division St / County Line West
8 Old Lebanon Dirt Rd / County Line East
9 Old Lebanon Dirt Rd / County Line West
10 Central Pike / Chandler Rd East
11 Central Pike / John Hagar Rd East
12 Central Pike / Adams Lane West
13 Central Pike / S. Mt. Juliet Rd South
14 Central Pike / S. Mt. Juliet Rd East
15 Central Pike / S. Mt. Juliet Rd North
16 South Rutland Rd. / City Limits (South of Baird Farms Construction Entrance) North
17 Central Pike / Walton’s Grove Subdivision West
18 Posey Hill Rd / Beckwith Rd West
19 Wilfong Pkwy / Beckwith Rd South
20 Golden Bear / Rutland Dr North
21 East Division / Golden Bear West
22 East Division / Golden Bear East
23 I-40 / North Mt. Juliet Rd North
24 South Mt. Juliet Rd / Herschel Dr. South
25 Belinda Parkway / Providence Trail East
26 North Mt. Juliet Rd / Pleasant Grove Rd North
27 North Mt. Juliet Rd / Pleasant Grove Rd South
28 North Mt. Juliet Rd / West Division North
29 North Mt. Juliet Rd / East Division East
30 North Mt. Juliet Rd / East Division South
31 North Mt. Juliet Rd. / West Division West
32 North Mt. Juliet Rd. / Lebanon Rd East
33 North Mt. Juliet Rd. / Lebanon Rd South
34 North Mt Juliet Rd. / Lebanon Rd West
35 Lebanon Rd / Terrace Hill Rd East
36 Lebanon Rd / Terrace Hill Rd West
37 Charlie Daniels Park Entrance Entrance

A copy of the Request for Proposal can be found here: Request for Proposal.