Miami Beach Strikes Deal With Cops Over GPS Tracking In Bid to Revamp Bruised Reputation

Categories: The Badge
Thumbnail image for miamibeachpolice.jpg
via Random Pixels
When Miami Beach cop Derick Kuilan ditched his police ATV for some drinks at The Clevelander, his superiors were none the wiser (although maybe they should have been). As a result, Kuilan drunkenly jumped back on his ride with a bride-to-be and nearly killed a couple of beachgoers.

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.

See also:
- GPS Trackers Installed in Miami Beach City Vehicles, But Cops Refuse to Turn Them On

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
Under the deal, Miami Beach police officers' cars locations will be recorded 24/7. However, GPS data from within a three-mile radius of a cop's house will be exempt from public record requests.

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."

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

People are considering the both positive and negative effects of GPS tracking so they are not turning it on. They have fear that their enemy can easily track them with the system and can harm them easily.  There should be some feature added to this system so that only limited people can access them, but this will lead to an effect that criminals can take advantage of this. A deep research is required on this and it should be used to get positive benefits. Learn more GPS benefits here



"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." 

Why do you have to be so sarcastic? Would you like criminals knowing where you lived? Would you like the horrible corrupt cops that you write about knowing were you lived? Have you ever been face to face with a criminal in a heated/tense/deadly situation?

Just report the story and stop being a COP hater! Next time you need a cop call a crack head or a Zombie how bout' that?



Miami-Dade and Miami need to do the same in a move towards better accountability. 

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

From the Vault