Cops in England are worried about a plan to have all officers tagged:
Every single Metropolitan police officer will be 'microchipped' so top brass can monitor their movements on a Big Brother style tracking scheme, it can be revealed today.It is rather ironic, isn't it? London has been blanketed with surveillance cameras under the guise of improving public safety, and I don't recall cops squawking about that. But now that they are the ones being watched...
According to respected industry magazine Police Review, the plan -- which affects all 31,000 serving officers in the Met, including [Chief] Sir Ian Blair -- is set to replace the unreliable Airwave radio system currently used to help monitor officer's movements.
The new electronic tracking device -- called the Automated Personal Location System (APLS) -- means that officers will never be out of range of supervising officers.
But many serving officers fear being turned into "Robocops" -- controlled by bosses who have not been out on the beat in years.
According to service providers Telent, the new technology "will enable operators in the Service's operations centres to identify the location of each police officer" at any time they are on duty -- whether overground or underground.
Although police chiefs say the new technology is about "improving officer safety" and reacting to incidents more quickly, many rank and file believe it is just a Big Brother style system to keep tabs on them and make sure they don't "doze off on duty".
The watchers need to be watched. Tag 'em all.