Lowell police are fighting a proposal to have GPS tracking devices installed in cruisers.
"Clearly, we want to make sure that our police officers are doing what they're supposed to be doing," said Lowell City Manager Bernard Lynch. "If we can make them more efficient and safer, I think that's certainly a worthy goal."
Can someone, anyone, explain to me why we aren't already doing this en masse? I mean, other than the fact that the unions go bugnuts apeshit when it looks like their drones might actually have to work for a living, that is. Seriously. It's town equipment - what possible reason can the patrolman's union give for opposing this? They're not asking the police officers to get RFID chips or anything here; what they're asking is that each police car be equipped with a GPS unit to keep tabs on the location of the cruiser.
In the court of public opinion, it would seem that the opposition to this mandate stems from folks that don't want to be tracked. The question that needs to be asked, of course, is why? This same union has already fought efforts to put GPS units in city-owned snowplows, so obviously dodging oversight is a recurring theme here. I can think of no possible reason to fight this effort other than the folks being tracked are systematically doing something other than which they are paid to be doing.
If it's town equipment, not your own private equipment, what's the issue? It's been fought on the grounds of being "intrusive" - well, yeah, your boss wanting to know what the hell you're doing when you're supposed to be working is kind of intrusive, isn't it? This is one of those cases where you have to stand back in awe of the power of the union - that this is even a matter for debate is a testament to the power organized labor yields. That they can stop such a common sense measure cold is one of the many reasons they have outlived their usefulness - they are no longer rallying for the right of workers to be treated fairly, but to avoid even the most basic of oversight.
Besides, as the police are fond of telling us gun owners as we submit our fingerprints, if you're not doing anything wrong, you've got nothing to worry about...
That is all.