GPS trackers: Saving lives and arrests made easier
Law enforcement is in place to uphold the law which is meant to keep criminals at bay. When people think of police officers, they should be able to associate them safety. GPS trackers have started to help many law enforcers maintain a level of safety that is expected by the public. There are still some police stations that have not made the commitment to use GPS trackers and this leaves them at risk. For example, it wasn’t too long ago that the news reported a man in Springfield, Massachusetts stole a police cruiser and took it for a joyride. In that incident the police admitted they did not have a GPS tracker device installed and they had left the keys in the ignition.
Had the police not been able to catch the criminal, they would have a very pricey recovery on their hands. It would have taken much less time to reclaim the stolen cruiser with the use of a GPS tracker device. Dispatchers would have been able to view the live tracking map and pinpoint exactly where the missing cruiser was located. GPS trackers are helpful for the dispatchers in other ways, also. With live dispatching, the team has the ability to send officers out quickly to areas of need. It’s as straightforward as opening the tracking map screen and visually locating the closest officer to the call’s location. In the event of a high speed chase, dispatchers can watch everything unfold with 10, 5 or 1 second updates. While the officers are driving, dispatchers can provide turn-by-turn directions or guide officers through paths that may be unfamiliar to them.
On top of making dispatching easier, GPS trackers can increase officer productivity with analytical reporting of driving behaviors and alert functions. Nothing will get by the commanding officers or Chief of police when GPS trackers are installed in each vehicle, because the data is historical; recorded for viewing at any time. This kind of information can help law enforcement agencies with making the necessary changes to improve driver safety.
GPS trackers can help your dispatchers and officers. The bottom line for any law enforcement agency is about protection and the way to do that is by keeping themselves and others as safe as possible. GPS trackers help law enforcement in many ways to make achieving this goal more obtainable.
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