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.
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