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Ohio City To Install GPS Trackers on Cruisers

July 12, 2012  | 

The Columbus, Ohio, City Council approved funding to equip its city fleet with GPS trackers that, if installed on police cruisers, would monitor officers for speeding, traveling to unauthorized locations, and idling.

The City Council approved $1.9 million to purchase 2,500 trackers from AssetWorks to equip city vehicles with the tracking and monitoring system, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

Sgt. Jim Gilbert, president of Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9, said the installation of the GPS devices would need to be negotiated in the collective bargaining process.


GPS in Police Vehicles: Officer Safety or Big Brother Watching?

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bill windon @ 7/12/2012 11:25 AM

We are supposed to monitor the criminals, not the heros of society. I have no problem with police stopping at the nudey bar when no criminals are prowling around the community.

michael @ 7/24/2012 10:21 PM

My dept. put these GPS systems in..........For "officers safety" you know.
Yea right, It is being used by admin. to check our status, where we are, how fast we were driving, how long we were talking to another unit, why were you on that call for so long etc......all BS. It is another way for the admin. to f--k with us I sick of the stats BS too. If the system was use to locate an officer who could not be reached by 2-way, or check for fuel usage and oil changes etc.....Thats fine, but that is not what happen. We have the most responsibility placed on us as LEO, but now we need to be watched 24/7.

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