Macungie, PA: Green Light to Install GPS in Police Cars

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In a controversial move, the Macungie Council voted in favor of installing GPS tracking devices on all borough police cars. Mayor Rick Hoffman brought the issue to the table despite the fact it was not included on the meeting agenda. He snuck it into the “Mayor’s Report” part of the meeting, and it has the borough talking.   The vote itself was split, initiated by Councilwoman Linn Walker, and seconded by Councilman Gregory Hutchison. Besides these two members, two others voted in favor, one being Council President Jean Nagle. One member voted against the idea, and two other councilmen wereRead More

Small Town GPS Controversy

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The small Pennsyvlania borough of Macungie experienced a Borough Council shouting match over a controversy involving GPS devices. Macungie’s Mayor recently introduced the idea of installing GPS tracking devices on the Borough’s police cars. The primary motivator, apparently, was complaints in the neighborhood that police cars were speeding through, putting residents, especially children, at risk. The GPS devices would function to keep police from driving at inappropriate speeds in the small neighborhood.   GPS Devices to Police the Police The tracking technique is classic fleet management, one of the primary applications for GPS in business and government use. By trackingRead More

Macungie Mayor Considers Monitoring Police With GPS

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We’ve reported police use of GPS tracking devices to keep tabs on criminals here at RMT in the past, but GPS used to keep tabs on the cops? This is exactly what Mayor Rick Hoffman of Macungie, PA wants to do. He introduced the idea at a recent council meeting, explaining that the devices would be placed in officers’ cars as a way to monitor where the officer is at all times, and keep track of their speed while on patrol. Hoffman raised money to cover expenses for the first year of the potential program, and requested funds from theRead More