LOWELL (CBS) – Lowell’s City Council will vote Tuesday night on a new police patrolmen’s contract that includes a controversial plan to track officers.
Under the new contract, GPS consoles on police cruisers will finally be put to use. The city has paid $230 per month for the last nine months for the system, but the patrolmen’s union had previously expressed concerns.
“There’s always some concern about maybe abuses and things like that,” Deputy Police Superintendent Arthur Ryan says. “But clearly this day and age this technology is really necessary.”
Ryan says the GPS will help the department in crime analysis and will be an effective tool to locate officers in need of help.