Kingston – A Sheriff’s patrol unit has a two-way radio, a high-speed laptop computer to run criminal checks on suspects, a radar unit to detect speeders, and lights and siren to alert motorists to yield to an emergency response. A sheriff’s patrol unit also has a pair of powerful eyes.
The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office deploys mobile infrared cameras that can scan the license plates of cars automatically while a deputy is on patrol. Those scanned plates are then matched against a New York Statewide Police Information Network (NYSPIN) "hot list" that contains stolen cars and plates.
The user can also manually enter plate numbers of cars associated with an Amber Alert or a crime such as a robbery suspect on the loose.