Purchase orders show that the city of Jacksonville bought a Stingray-Kingfish tracking system for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in 2007. In 2008, almost the same amount was spent for another system that tracks cell phone frequencies. Most of this was paid for by federal tax dollars courtesy of a Department of Justice grant.
The system can be used to intercept calls in real time or track cell phones by pinpointing a phone’s physical location inside buildings or other areas inaccessible by a vehicle.
JSO has released a statement declaring “The equipment we have is obsolete and no longer in use. It hasn’t been used for 5+ years. Beyond that, we don’t comment tactically, but know that we follow the law on every case we pursue utilizing technology.”