Police get $50K grant for license plate reader in Mass.
The $50,000 state Executive Office of Public Safety grant will also allow the department to buy an interactive training simulator
By Grant Welker
The Herald News
SOMERSET, Mass. — The Police Department has received a grant to buy a license plate reader that scans hundreds of plates a minute and allows officers to quickly spot vehicles with violations.
After deciding to follow in her mother’s footsteps and graduate from the police academy two years ago, Dickerson and her mother, Cpl. Loretta Williams, both of Brandywine, became the first and only black mother and daughter sworn officers in department history, according to Sgt. Sonya Rorls, a county police spokeswoman.
“I loved watching her do her job and seeing how exciting it was to do. I was like, ‘I want to do that. This looks fun,’” said Dickerson, who is a part of District 4’s patrol bureau in Oxon Hill. “No call is the same call. I enjoy being able to talk with the citizen’s in the county, living in the county, knowing the county and just helping people. That’s my main focus: helping.”