The Boston Globe says local police officers should stop complaining about the city’s plans to install GPS tracking devices in patrol cars. As one cop put, “No one likes it. Who wants to be followed all over the place?” But in an editorial, the Globe wrote, “There is no legitimate reason for opposition to this routine fleet management tool.” Nearly 70 percent of police departments have GPS tracking devices in their vehicles, according to one survey.
The Globe wrote, “There is ample reason for it, including the safety of the officers themselves. With GPS, for example, dispatchers are better able to locate and summon aid for an incapacitated officer. But the overwhelming advantage to public safety would come with the ability of dispatchers to identify the police responders closest to a crime scene, rather than depending on officers' radio responses.”