The antiquated Radio Frequency (RF) system currently used by caseload officers in Bexar County is less costly and looks good on paper. However, the RF does not provide real time GPS tracking and alerts. GPS monitoring along with many other duties (field visits and other contacts) for the officer is a good tool to monitor the whereabouts of the offenders. That being said, GPS requires a great deal of manpower and specific monitoring with a dedicated staff to be on-call to respond to the alerts. It also requires offenders to plan and submit schedules to the officers for approval. Sounds good, but this cost money and effects budgets.Shreve concludes that "GPS is an important tool, but the officer actually performing random field visits and conducting searches of offenders homes and vehicles for illegal items and possible victims should be the most important duties of our profession."
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
GPS requires extra manpower, budgets to implement
Reacting to this Grits post on the limits of GPS tracking, Bexar County probation officer Bryan Shreve describes his personal experience with the limits of GPS systems at the Texas Council on Probation blog: