Police Track Gang Members Using GPS 3-03-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

Police Track Gang Members Using GPS 3-03-2011

Reported By Jonathan Martin
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
Since 2005, the most serious sex offenders in the state have been tracked via GPS. Now gang members will be tracked that way, too.

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"These are folks we're familiar with," said Lt. Gordon Howey of Metro police. "They have the propensity to commit more crime. They're heavily involved in their gang activity."
This week, Metro police started tracking the top 10 gang members, especially those considered most likely to reoffend. They'll be monitored 24/7 throughout their probation period through the GPS device.
If they go in known gang areas or rip off the device, it will alert police.
"We mean business, and that business is the public safety," said Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson.
"It's going to be a deterrent. One, we'll get back into courts and talk to judges, and it will violate the conditions of their release. They may be reincarcerated or at least get a good, stern warning," said Howey.
Police said they're focusing on 10 criminals right now but plan to monitor several more as the program takes off.
It costs $4 each day per GPS device, but authorities said they feel it's money well spent for the impact they feel it will have on the public's safety.
The offenders being monitored are required to pay $50 each month for the program.

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