Chief Buster Bingham recently told the Cleveland Board of Aldermen that both departments have been looking into getting new Global Positioning Systems and in two weeks or more, they are set to receive them.
"We are just putting GPS on the vehicles. It is not a matter of us using an old or new system, we had GPS in our cars once before but it had gotten to be a little expensive," said Bingham.
"We found a company that was a little less expensive and we have decided to go with them," he added.
Bingham did not release the name of the system and all of its specifics because the system will be used for security purposes and by authorized personnel only.
"This system will also allow us to have the ability to determine the speed of other motorists and tell us more than just the location of a vehicle. It will also give us other features that can be inputted," continued Bingham.
"It will allow us to be able to determine the exact location of our employees. This is an important feature because sometimes individuals are places where they should not be," said Bingham.
"It will record direction of travel and give us a record of where the vehicle has been – this will help us in the event that we have a complaint against or about an employee, we can find out whether or not the vehicle was in that area. It is just going to be a good system all around good tool for us to be able to use," he added.
GPS is designed to help agencies efficiently pinpoint location, allocate resources, and direct emergency response and recovery personnel.
"The director of Public Works and other authorized personnel would be able to access this information through a secured Web site. This person will be given a username and password in order to access this information," said Bingham.
"As of now, I am not certain when the new systems will be installed. The company that I am dealing with said that there was contingency regarding the new system but I was able to verify what they wanted to know.
"There is still a little more paperwork that must be completed and I am hoping within the next two to three weeks, we will begin to install the systems. I do not know the total cost for this project because it all depends on the number of vehicles that we plan to use," he continued.
Ray Bell, director of Cleveland Public Works, said the new system will be highly beneficial to him because some of his employees tend to travel to unauthorized locations and the system will help him to keep track of them.
GPS is a U.S.-owned utility that provides users with positioning, navigation and timing services.
This system consists of three segments: the space segment, the control segment, and the user segment.
The U.S. Air Force develops, maintains, and operates the space and control segments.
GPS satellites provide service to citizens and military users. The civilian service is freely available to all users on a continuous, worldwide basis.
Police departments use GPS to help find criminals and to respond to emergencies promptly.