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    tracking police gps

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    i wondering cos police have gps's in them if you have gps can you find there frequency and find where they are??

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    any reason why you want to know?

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    This is too freakin funny ;-) heeeeyaaaaa

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoff897
    hi
    i wondering cos police have gps's in them if you have gps can you find there frequency and find where they are??
    GPS receives signal. It doesnt broadcast signal. There's no way to locate a cop car or anything that has GPS onboard. It has to broadcast it's position into the airwave. GPS receivers dont broadcast. Why do you think it's so hard to find ways to locate your vehicle?
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    I've been wondering the exact same thing for awhile now. I know there are many a site that sell GPS fleet tracking units. It seems one would merely need the software and wahtever codes are assigned to the units. Would be alot o fun if you could do it in real time.

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    so how do police cars get found if stolen

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    I'm guessing they use radio to burst their position. The GPS reciever sends the coordinates to some sort of transmitter, and if you can just capture that signal and decode, you could display on your mapping software. May be encrypted, but I've been thinking about this for a few months. If I get get my hands on a scanner and some equipment, I can check the police channels in my area...

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    In sweden the policestation knows where the plolicecars are via somekind of gps-tracking system. So there must be a way to track that signal.
    I've been thinking about this before, it would be so cool!

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    no he's not all that crazy.. there are a lot of departments that track a cops location via some kind of transfer based off GPS
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    Quote Originally Posted by droswell
    I'm guessing they use radio to burst their position. The GPS reciever sends the coordinates to some sort of transmitter, and if you can just capture that signal and decode, you could display on your mapping software. May be encrypted, but I've been thinking about this for a few months. If I get get my hands on a scanner and some equipment, I can check the police channels in my area...
    I think you might be right about transmitting over the radio, but my guess it that it wouldn't be encrypted. It would cost to encrpyt (hardware/software) would overrate the need (not sensitive data). But I could be wrong.

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