License plate readers played a role in a recent high-profile case in Virginia. However, according to a KOTA report, this is not a technology used by local law enforcement. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office owns two readers, but they are out of date, and the readers have only mattered in a handful of cases in the last ten years. The Rapid City Police Department does not own any readers. Despite the recent attention, departments still need to consider the cost and usefulness of technology.
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