Our office is the first in Virginia to start using GPS technology to monitor offenders in the community. About 300 non-violent criminals serve their sentences at home, saving the City of Norfolk nearly $650,000 in jail housing costs each year.
In 1986, the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office started monitoring inmates by “electronic ping” technology. The device only worked if the offender was close to the receiver at home. That’s why the NSO was eager to switch to GPS technology in 2005, tracking inmates off satellite towers. “That also allowed us to have exclusion zones and to have a 24-7 knowledge of where they are at all times,” Lt. Col. Mike O’Toole said.
Out of all the jails in Virginia, the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office has the most offenders on GPS monitoring each day.