This isn't the first police union to fight this kind of thing.
Unlike consumer GPS models, which have a map to aid the driver with step-by-step directions, the GPS units going into the squad cars are merely tracking devices that can be monitored by the 911 center and the police shift supervisor.I mean be fair, why should a supervisor be able to track how much time a cop spends at lunch, or at a donut shop? They clock in at the beginning of a shift, and that is good enough. Or so the union thinks.
While the benefits of the GPS devices are obvious, it’s not clear whether the officers welcome the technology.
“We feel it’s a change in working conditions, and we are going to file a demand to bargain,” union President Aurelio DeLaRosa said today.
“The city feels it can (enhance) officer safety, and we can see that, but we don’t know if there are any alternative motives.”
The supervisors can also track the speed at which officers are driving, so maybe that is an issue as well.
As far as I can see, this hardly is the kind of thing that a union needs to collectively bargain for. Or are they worried about officer misconduct?
City Attorney Patrick Hayes said the intent behind the GPS device is “officer safety and improved efficiency” in dispatching officers, but he did not rule out using data collected by the GPS units when it comes to investigations of misconduct.A lot of employers use GPS - mounted in company-owned vehicles - to monitor employees. Why are police immune? Some sanity might be in order for the union.