Following a week sporting a brand new GPS tag, Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping was finally liberated this morning (Friday 30 Aug).
Rubbing a rather blue ankle in relief he explained that his morning run had been scuppered by the device which had left him bruised the first time he went out with it on.
The Commissioner attended Carlton Police Station promptly for his 9.00am appointment where he was set free of the ankle bracelet by Det Sgt Lee Watson, who is leading the project.
“It’s been an experience,” said the Commissioner, “but a valuable one. It has shown me without doubt that the investment in this new technology was well worth it.”
Wearing it over the Bank Holiday weekend posed some challenges for the Commissioner, particularly in the warm weather.
“Shorts and tag are not really the way forward in fashion for me,” he said. “And on Scarborough Beach, in the most glorious weather, when I wanted to go in for a paddle I didn’t dare in front of all those people!
“The other thing that I hadn’t fully realised is that in order to keep it working you have to charge it up for an hour a day and I never normally sit down for an hour a day, so that was another lesson in itself. Then there was the day I didn’t charge it, so its alarm went off at 5am which was a bit of a wake-up call – literally.
“But by and large it wasn’t too intrusive,” he added. “I think it is a valuable tool to help us cut crime, prevent reoffending and apprehend those criminals who forget that we really can pinpoint where there are when they are tagged up.
“It’s not an easy option for offenders, but it keeps them in the community while enabling the police to see if they are, or are not, in the vicinity of a crime when it takes place. It’s a very clever and very effective piece of kit.”
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Posted on Monday 2nd September 2013