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NCJ Number: 211555 Find in a Library
Title: GPS Monitoring Offenders
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:53  Issue:9  Dated:September 2005  Pages:147-150
Author(s): Brent Swager
Date Published: September 2005
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines innovative and effective use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) devices in monitoring offenders under the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Abstract: Today, Global Positioning System (GPS) devices have become smaller and more affordable, expanding their usefulness in tracking boats, cars, and in some cases people. For almost 3 years, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) has been testing and piloting GPS tracking by utilizing correlation data, thereby giving officers the ability to place offenders in the near vicinity of crimes reported. PCSO uses VeriTracks because of its ability to correlate the information. VeriTracks can effectively track where an offender goes. This article examines the effective use of VeriTracks GPS within the PCSO and its ease of use for both law enforcement officers, as well as offenders. Currently, there is new legislation promoting the expansion of GPS monitoring. It is only a matter of when other law enforcement agencies across the Nation will find this GPS tool showing up as one of their tools in tracking offenders.
Main Term(s): Offender tracking systems
Index Term(s): Electronic monitoring of offenders; Electronic surveillance; Intensive supervision programs
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