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GPS tracking fire truck

After the deployment of 260 GPS tracking devices in garbage trucks, police cars, and other city owned vehicles over the last few years, the city of Grand Rapids recently suspended and warned various city workers.  The reported offenses mostly consist of taking longer than authorized breaks and driving company vehicles for personal use.  However, a few years back, a police officer was forced to resign after GPS data revealed that he or she was taking unauthorized breaks outside of his or her designated patrol area.

The city has recently begun installing GPS trackers on fire trucks with the goal of reducing the response times of some calls.  Based on data provided by GPS tracking software, dispatchers can easily select the truck in the best position to respond

The tracking devices used by the city of Grand Rapids are not covert tracking devices; all employees are made aware of their presence on city owned vehicles.

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nevada supreme court gps tracking software

The Nevada Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday which allows law enforcement to retrieve GPS tracking coordinates from suspects’ cell phones  provided that an arrest warrant is obtained first.  The ruling was unanimous and stated that since an arrest warrant provides law enforcement with authorized access to a suspect’s home, it thereby provides law enforcement access to cell phones within the home.  The ruling stems from a stalking case in which a Nevada man claimed that GPS location data from his phone could not be recovered and used in a case without a search warrant.