New GPS System Makes Police Patrol Safer and More Efficient

Updated GPS technology is making it easier than ever for police officers to get where they are needed in a shorter amount of time. Speed and precise street directions are imperative when officers respond to an emergency or are needed on the scene of a crime. For instance, the officers employed at the United Police Department in Taylorsville, Utah, are accustomed to using GPS tracking devices as part of their standard vehicle equipment while out on patrol. Until January 2013, the police had a regular form of GPS tracking used by many departments; Taylorsville officers were able to provide theRead More

MA: Cops Slow to Implement GPS in Cruisers

So many different industries rely upon GPS tracking devices for their fleets: trucking companies; construction companies; transportation services; delivery drivers; and law enforcement to name a few. Most business owners who operate a fleet of vehicles knows that the best way to ensure they are saving money while keeping their employees safe and honest is to rely on GPS tracking.   When it comes to emergency response and law enforcement, GPS tracking offers swifter response times and reduced costs. Dispatchers will attest to this. However, in MA, it seems the value of GPS tracking of police cars i yet toRead More

GPS Tracking Creates Rift Between City Officials and Unions

Police and fire departments in Columbus, Ohio may be facing potential disciplinary actions based on data received from GPS tracking units. The city recently began installing the devices in marked fire and police vehicles with the goal of monitoring speed, fuel usage, and driver conduct. The city hopes to reduce costs and discourage improper use of the vehicles, but union workers say contracts must be renegotiated first.   Jason Pappas, president of the Columbus police union, said that the unions were not against the tracking devices per se, but that any disciplinary measures taken by the city would need toRead 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

Supreme Court Debates Legality of Warrantless GPS Tracking

In a case likely to cause reverberations throughout the nation, the Supreme Court prepares to determine whether or not it is constitutional for police to track the movements of suspected criminals using a GPS tracking device without a warrant. While law enforcement departments across the country have already taken advantage of the devices to aid them in surveillance operations, this case stands out due to the unique circumstances surrounding the tracking and subsequent arrest. In United States v. Jones, Antoine Jones stood accused of trafficking cocaine in the Washington, D.C. area. Police obtained a warrant to place a GPS trackingRead More

Authorities Should Not Misuse GPS

GPS tracking is rapidly spreading as a tool for businesses and governmental groups to follow their fleets’ movements, with a host of benefits. Fleet tracking can reduce costs by helping managers plan the best routes, manage wasteful practices like long idling times, and keep employees accountable to work while they are on the clock. It can also increase safety, because someone responsible knows where each driver in the fleet is and can get help to them quickly if they run into trouble. Dormont, a borough of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has a fleet tracking for its police force. Unfortunately, some questionsRead More

GPS Could Help Modernize Oregon Police Force

According to the Portland publication The Statesman Journal, Oregon police are woefully behind on the latest technology. Of the entire Oregon state police force, currently only one third of them are firmly in the twenty-first century. This, say some analysts, is a problem — and GPS fleet technology could be a huge part of the solution. Oregon State Police are currently lobbying lawmakers in order to get access to several billion dollars, which would go towards modernizing the Oregon fleet with GPS tracking technology. They would do so by switching the police force’s source of funding to the state highwayRead More

Fort Wayne, Indiana, Reducing Crime with GPS Technology

Fort Wayne, Indiana Mayor Tom Henry gave his state of the city address recently, announcing a host of positive changes and initiatives that have been taking place in the area. One such change is a drastic reduction in gang crime due largely in part to new GPS technology. Mayor Henry explained that the Fort Wayne Police Department has recently been implementing GPS technology on the majority of their squad cars, which they are using directly to combat gang activity throughout the city. He went on to add that the results have been overwhelmingly positive, and that in the past yearRead More