[LA Times] Waze critic Charlie Beck: Sometimes, public shouldn’t know where police are

January 28, 2015
(Courtesy of Google)

(Courtesy of Google)


Google’s real-time traffic app Waze is being criticized by some law enforcement officials who say its police-spotting feature could endanger officers. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is among the critics.

Beck said Tuesday the app could be used by criminals to target police or to evade officers.

“It is not always in the public’s best interest to know where police are operating,” Beck said.

“There is a criminal element,” he said, “who are able to ply their trade and craft more effectively by knowing where police are.”