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Norfolk Police Officers To Be Tagged To Improve Response Times 150

Police in Norfolk, England already have tracking units, The Automatic Vehicle Location System, installed in their cars that allow a control room to track their exact locations. Later this year a similar system will be attached to individual police radios to allow controllers to monitor the position of every frontline officer. Combined with equipment that can pinpoint the locations of 999 callers, the system will allow the force to home in on "shouts" to within yards. The system also lets operators filter a map showing the location of its vehicles and constables to reveal only those with the skills needed for a specific incident, like the closest officer with silver bullets during a werewolf attack.


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Norfolk Police Officers To Be Tagged To Improve Response Times

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  • That's a myth.. (Score:5, Informative)

    by BikeHelmet (1437881) on Friday April 10, 2009 @01:51AM (#27528381) Journal

    like the closest officer with silver bullets during a werewolf attack.

    Silver bullets don't actually hurt werewolves. The only way we'll defeat them is by eliminating their source of power - the moon!

  • Re:Great (Score:3, Informative)

    by Gordonjcp (186804) on Friday April 10, 2009 @03:43AM (#27528837) Homepage

    They can conceivable track the speed of police vehicles to make sure they are obeying traffic laws when not responding to an emergency.

    Might not be a bad thing. []

  • by willyg (159173) on Friday April 10, 2009 @09:32AM (#27530457) Homepage

    Translation for those not familiar with Canada...

        s/Tim Horton\'s/Dunkin\' Donuts/

  • by bradorsomething (527297) on Friday April 10, 2009 @10:04AM (#27530901)
    Not all U.S. officers will welcome this, for various reasons. You Brits have taken a great deal more observation in stride over the years, while we Yanks have railed against it.

    When our tracking/automated dispatch system was installed on the ambulances, only a few people took serious exception to the system. Mainly it was because they were:
    a) sneaking the truck out of district and really didn't want dispatch to know where they were, or
    b) so invested in the district system that they didn't want to see it change.

    You'd assume that group "b" had the quieter districts, but that wasn't always true... some people just didn't want things to change because it meant changing their routine.

    When the system was in place, many of us frankly distrusted dispatch. We would be sent halfway across our districts to a call that passed 3 stations, and since we no longer called in our positions, we'd just have to assume that those 3 ambulances were somewhere else. We'd lost our mental map of all our units, and since (in the past) we'd often "volunteer" our position when we knew we the closest truck, we could only assume this was happening again, but where nobody could catch it. I would have invested much more heavily if I could see a map confirming positions in my unit. Not because I was lazy, but because we'd been a (useful) check on the system before, and we wanted that ability to assist from the field again.
  • Re:Great (Score:3, Informative)

    by dwpro (520418) <> on Friday April 10, 2009 @11:00AM (#27531791)

    only be effective, affection has little to do with it.

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