GPS MonitoringGlossary of Terms
The Department’s GPS Operations Center (GOC) was established in September 2007 as a 24/7 operation for first line notification of GPS alerts. The GOC is responsible for assessing alert information generated by GPS monitoring equipment statewide and determining the initial response in a timely manner. The GOC triages all alerts and works each alert according to established Department protocol and policy. The GOC is located within SLED’s SC Information and Intelligence Center in Columbia.
If there is a need to report any Sex Offender/GPS issues during this time of emergency, please call the GPS Operations Center at 1-800-263-7191. Click here to reference our Sex/GPS Offender Emergency Response Plan.
What Are the Advantages of GPS in Community Supervision?
+GPS is a relatively inexpensive alternative to incarceration for high risk offenders.
+GPS allows offenders an opportunity to continue working in the community, paying taxes, supporting their families and living at home.
+Using GPS, Agents can create an "electronic perimeter" around specific areas designating them as "off limits" to offenders. These are called "exclusion zones" or "hot zones."
+Victims can be notified when offenders enter their established perimeters.
+The features and reliability of GPS equipment can be a deterrent to future criminal activity.