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Process evaluation of the Global Positioning System (GPS) Electronic Monitoring Pilot

Scales Of Justice and legal book
Published: February 2019

This qualitative process evaluation looked at a pilot of the Global Positioning System (GPS) location monitoring conducted across eight police force areas in England. The pilot involved satellite tracking tags being used to remotely monitor and record information on an offender’s or defendant’s whereabouts or behaviour.

Aim

To understand the views and experiences of the implementation and delivery of the GPS location monitoring pilot, as well as the perceived impacts from the perspective of strategic stakeholders, delivery partners and GPS tag wearers.

Methodology and full report

Qualitative case studies were used to obtain a comprehensive picture of the pilot in four police force areas taking part in the pilot. In-depth interviews and small group discussions were undertaken between April 2017 and February 2018 and captured the perspectives of those involved. This included strategic and operational staff from the police, prison estate, courts system, probation service, parole, the Public Protection Casework Section (PPCS), and the GPS monitoring centre. GPS tag wearers were also interviewed to explore their views and experiences of location monitoring.

More information

If you would like more information about the evaluation please contact the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) at EM.GPSPilots@NOMS.gsi.gov.uk or email the NatCen research team at GPSmonitoring@natcen.ac.uk.

Read the report