Miami Beach Strikes Deal With Cops Over GPS Tracking In Bid to Revamp Bruised Reputation
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Now cops are close to implementing a high-tech system that could prevent incidents like that July 3, 2011 crash. In an interview with Riptide, Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez said the city had reached an agreement with the police union to activate GPS trackers already installed in cops' squad cars.
"Just the fact that [the GPS tracker] is there, and that the officers know that it's there, has changed behavior for the positive," Martinez said.
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Last month, Riptide revealed the expensive stand-off between the City of Miami Beach and the Fraternal Order of Police over the use of GPS trackers (called AVLs, or "automated vehicle locators").
The technology, which cost over $500,000 to install on more than 350 city vehicles, had yet to be activated in police patrol cars because of cops' concern that their home addresses could wind up in the hands of public-records-savvy criminals.
Martinez said an agreement has been reached with the union, and he expects to sign the deal this week or the next.
|Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez|
In other words, criminals would have to scour -- if our high school math serves us right -- more than 28 square miles to enact cold-blooded revenge upon the officer who put them away.
Deputy Chief Mark Overton said the agreement respects officers' safety concerns while letting their superiors know their whereabouts.
"We want to make sure that the officers' home addresses, which are exempt [from public records by state statute], were protected," he said. "Most cities' officers have the capability to turn them off [when they go home at night]. Ours can't. That shows we are serious about holding our people to account."