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Jul 28, 2010 5:19 AM

Abbeville chief plans to know where cars are

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) Abbeville's new police chief says he's going to put GPS units in squad cars to keep tabs on whether his officers are patrolling, speeding, or idle for hours.

The Meridional reports that Chief Tony Hardy, who took office three weeks ago, says he's had complaints about speeding police cars.

He said the GPS units will tell him how fast a car is going, and how long it sits at a certain location. The system will notify him if a car is speeding.

Hardy says the units can be moved from car to car, and officers won't know whether their car has one.

He also said he's trimmed overtime and is looking to get rid of extra expenses.

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Information from: The Abbeville Meridional, http://www.abbevillenow.com/

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