Montgomery City Council approves license plate readers, Volunteers in Public Service program for police department

Montgomery City Council approved two agenda items relating to the city's police department Jan. 11. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Montgomery City Council approved two agenda items relating to the city's police department Jan. 11. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Montgomery City Council approved two agenda items relating to the city's police department Jan. 11. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Montgomery City Council approved two agenda items relating to the city’s police department during its Jan. 11 meeting. The council approved the purchase of 10 license plate readers and participation in the Volunteers in Public Service program.

The license plate readers will cost the city $27,500 to purchase and a $25,000 annual recurring fee, according to the agenda packet. Police Chief Anthony Solomon said the city is renting the equipment since the cost to own the cameras is too high.

Solomon said the cameras will help the city solve crimes and coordinate investigations with other police departments.

“With those license plate readers here in town, it gives us an edge on if something happens while an officer is gone; we have an investigative chance the next day to find out exactly what happened,” Solomon said at the meeting.

Solomon said the cameras will be placed around the city instead of in police cars. Mayor Sara Countryman said she thinks the cameras are a wise investment for the city.


“I’ve talked to folks who are in the [police department] in Conroe, and they have found that they are able to solve crimes much quicker and faster due to this technology,” Countryman said during the meeting.

Council Member Julie Davis was the only one who voted against the purchase, citing concerns about having too many cameras for the small city and the effect it might have on officer availability. Council Member Byron Sanford was not present at the meeting.

The city also approved participation in the Volunteers in Public Service program, which provides support and resources for police agencies with a volunteer program. Solomon said the police department already has volunteers who have gone through Montgomery County’s Citizen’s Academy.

“[Volunteers in Public Service] gives us a little more leeway to do policing and have [volunteers] do those things that doesn’t really take a policeman to do,” Solomon said.
By Chandler France

Reporter, Tomball/Magnolia

Chandler joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, where he was the executive editor of Annenberg Media. He previously interned with the company in Gilbert, AZ and with the Beacon Project, an investigative reporting team in Los Angeles. Chandler is originally from Laguna Hills, CA.