Merseyside trials satellite technology

Merseyside Police trialled global positioning systems (GPS) technology at the Tall Ships and Open Golf Championship events, which enabled commanders at police headquarters to track individual officers and vehicles.

Jul 31, 2008
By Paul Jacques

Merseyside Police trialled global positioning systems (GPS) technology at the Tall Ships and Open Golf Championship events, which enabled commanders at police headquarters to track individual officers and vehicles.

It is anticipated that the technology will greatly enhance the force’s ability to protect the public and its officers by responding quickly and efficiently to incidents.

The RUAG technology group has worked with Merseyside Police to develop the system, which detects signals from transponders carried by officers and in vehicles. They could also be attached to police dog collars.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: “We are constantly striving to find new and innovative ways to fight the ‘Total War on Crime’.

“We will evaluate the effectiveness of this trial by looking at improvements in the way we deploy our officers to incidents and, if successful, we will consider extending the technology further into our organisation.”

Merseyside Police is the first UK force to trial the technology, which was used successfully during the Euro 2008 Championships and for the last three years at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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