Electronic GPS Tags

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Durham Constabulary saved £440,000 last year after it trialled 100 electronic GPS tags to keep a closer eye on offenders. The tags were reported to have saved hours of police time and money which was previously spent checking on offenders in person. Will the Metropolitan Police Service consider trialling this technology? What considerations do you and the Metropolitan Police Service have into trialling this technology?


Answer for Electronic GPS Tags

Answer for Electronic GPS Tags

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS has already piloted use of GPS tags on a voluntary basis with offenders being managed under Integrated Offender Management arrangements in five boroughs. The evaluation of this small scale pilot showed the positive impact use of tags can have on offending behaviour as well as reducing police time spent checking on these offenders in person.

MOPAC is now working with the MPS to develop plans for use of GPS tags as part of a wider strategy to tackle reoffending in London. Currently GPS tags can only be used on a voluntary basis so we are in conversations with central Government to allow mandatory use of GPS tagging by the courts.