May 19, 2022

Botu Linum

The Car & Automotive Devotees

Cranston camera network helps police by taking pictures of license plates

7 min read

CRANSTON — Cameras are everywhere in Cranston.  

They are aimed at the paying customers of convenience stores, trained on the participants of video conferences, angled toward the entryways of houses and apartment complexes.  

On the last day of September, deep into an era of proliferating surveillance devices, Cranston’s police chief, Col. Michael J. Winquist, is more than casually aware of all the crimefighting potential. 

He hopes Cranston detectives can quickly secure some freshly recorded imagery that will help them find the man who has just robbed a Citizens Bank branch on Oaklawn Avenue.  

The approach is standard. But in Cranston lately, the focus on gathering basic information about getaway vehicles, even just the make and color, is higher than ever.

That’s because Winquist has come to believe in the power of yet another layer of cameras, special police cameras, that are part of a newly deployed network in the city.