Bahaha. Boston Cops to Have GPS Installed in Patrol Cars; Suddenly Not Such Big Fans of Big Brother TacticsSubmitted by LapHog on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 22:11
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The obligatory excerpt:
Boston police officers wary of GPS for cruisers
Fear too much scrutiny of police under city’s plan
By Maria Cramer | Globe Staff | November 18, 2013
The pending use of GPS tracking devices, slated to be installed in Boston police cruisers, has many officers worried that commanders will monitor their every move while supervisors insist the system will improve their response to emergencies.
The change, a result of contract negotiations between the city and the patrol officers union, puts Boston in league with small-town departments across the state and big-city agencies across the country that have installed global positioning systems in cruisers.
Boston police administrators say the system gives dispatchers the ability to see where officers are, rather than wait for a radio response. Using GPS, they say, accelerates their response to a call for a shooting or an armed robbery.
The addition of GPS, which still needs City Council approval of the arbitration award package that resulted from the negotiations, is the most dramatic change from the new contract facing officers as the department begins a new level of scrutiny. Another change: Cameras equipped in district booking stations would record officers and preserve film of their bookings of suspects.
The GPS devices have stirred the most anxiety.
“We’ll be moving forward as quickly as possible,” Edward F. Davis said in an interview shortly before he resigned as police commissioner Nov. 1. “There are an enormous amount of benefits. . . . This is clearly an important enhancement and should lead to further reductions in crime.”
An officer in trouble is also likely to get help faster if commanders know exactly where he or she is.
“If an officer calls for help, we’ll know the cars that are closest to them,” Davis said.
But some officers said they worry that under such a system they will have to explain their every move and possibly compromise their ability to court street sources.
“No one likes it. Who wants to be followed all over the place?” said one officer who spoke anonymously because department rules forbid police from speaking to the media without authorization. “If I take my cruiser and I meet [reluctant witnesses] to talk, eventually they can follow me and say why were you in a back dark street for 45 minutes? It’s going to open up a can of worms that can’t be closed.”
Read the whole thing: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/11/18/gps-now-monitor-...