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Ohio Cops Challenge GPS Trackers

April 24, 2013  | 

Police and fire unions in Columbus, Ohio, have filed a grievance stating they won't accept any discipline stemming from newly installed GPS units that track the movements of patrol and fire vehicles.

The city has begun installing the trackers to better track employees, reduce fuel costs and prevent misconduct. The Columbus (Ohio) Division of Police

The unions say they'd like to know how the units will be used if misconduct is found, and have said their contacts should be renegotiated, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

In November, Columbus Division of Police Chief Kimberley Jacobs said the agency had created a list to track dishonest officers. In July, the City Council approved $1.9 million to purchase 2,500 trackers from AssetWorks to equip city vehicles with the tracking and monitoring system.

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Dep Ron @ 4/26/2013 5:24 PM

Going somewhere you're not supposed to be instead of patrolling?? Stopping at the girlfriend's house without the wife knowit?? Sorry Guy!!! Police duty is Police duty, not hanging with the girls and sucking down coffe and doughnuts. you're on Taxpayer's money and we expect to get our $'s worth. And what the hell is in the negotiations?? Can't be fired when you said you were partrolling instead of "rolling?" I DON'T THINK SO!

Arby @ 4/29/2013 7:35 AM

We've had trackers for years. They can help dispatch locate the closest cars to an in progress call or officer call for help. It's also helpful if you can't raise an officer on the air - cuts down on angst even when it's just because they had their portable turned down. Yes, they have been used in a FEW disciplinary cases - I think there were two last year. In one the unmarked vehicle was used for personal travel out of state. In the other, the officer denied being where a complaint said he was and the tracker proved he was there. They've also been used to ensure we're not driving nearly 100 mph on surface streets. Don't even think about insurance and liability, it's just not good to injure/kill others or be injured/killed in a needless crash. I think the union is off on this one. It's just like the dash-cams. If you're doing right, it'll save you more than it will cost you - and it's not like they're sneaking them on the cars - you'll know it's there, just be smart and be safe.

Lt Dan @ 4/30/2013 5:53 AM

If you carry a department issued cell phone, you can be tracked any time. If you do right and answer calls in a timely manner, no problem. If you drive safely and keep it to a reasonable speed, no problem. If you patrol your beat and take approved breaks, no problem. Looks like the only problem here is the police union.

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