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GPS Tracking In Dallas, Texas

Tracker Proves Texas Deputy Falsified Documentation

GPS tracking system technology is now one of the most effective tools that law enforcement agencies have in conducting surveillance operations. However, if you think that police are only placing GPS tracking systems upon the vehicles of suspected drug traffickers, arsonists, and other criminals you are completely wrong. When Dallas County officials began suspecting that one of their own deputies was not following through with his assignments and falsifying government documents, they felt the need to do an internal investigation. The deputy, a 30-year veteran on the force named Kenneth Henson, was believed by internal investigators to be filing government documents, stating he made numerous attempts to serve civil papers while in reality, he made no such attempts. Looking to research the claims more thoroughly, Dallas County investigators determined the best way to acquire evidence on the Precinct 4 deputy was through the use of a vehicle tracking system that would document and catalog the day-to-day driving activity of the officer.

“Although most people identify GPS monitoring devices with business fleet management applications, real-time recording systems such as the SilverCloud GPS have proven over time to be a practical and effectual solution to acquiring detailed data surrounding driving activity”, stated a GPS expert for Southern California based Tracking System Direct.

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After a short investigative process, officials working internal affairs compared reports Henson wrote to data gathered from the GPS tracker. What the officials discovered was that the dates and times documented on the reports did not match up at all with the data from the GPS security product. The data from the car tracker revealed that indeed the deputy was not following through with his assignments, as the GPS recorded him at his home when he allegedly was serving civil papers in the field. According to the news source, Henson has adamantly denied the accusations, stating he was being harassed and targeted due to his support for a person who was a whistle-blower. Henson also suggested that there were “irregularities” in the GPS tracking data and that he performed all tasks that he documented. Accusations were made in 2008 about an officer from Precinct 4 falsifying documents, but it is not known whether the Dallas County internal affairs department investigated that matter.