A Costa Mesa police officer was recently caught tracking an ex-girlfriend. Using a police issued GPS tracking device, the police officer in-question tracked his ex regularly. This puts a whole new spin on the “I just happened to be in the neighborhood” line.
When the 32-year old woman kept running into her ex-boyfriend, she became slightly suspicious. After having her car inspected, she discovered that a GPS tracking device had been affixed to the bottom of her car. She then tracked the device back to the Costa Mesa Police Department.
The former officer pleaded “no contest” to the charges he currently faces. If convicted, he could face up to six months in jail. In addition to potential jail time, the police officer in question has been ordered to contribute a tidy sum to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund.
Many people are under the false impression that police officers can use GPS trackers to track anyone. Clearly, this is not the case.
Even though many police officers have access to GPS tracking devices, these trackers can only be used for official police purposes. As with any other property that belongs to a police department, GPS tracking devices cannot be used for personal use.
Does the fact that police have access to GPS trackers make you nervous? How do you feel about police tracking?
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Article Written by Harriette Halepis