New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced last Friday that the NYPD is planning to outfit all 35,000 of their officers with a mobile ‘handheld device,’ aka a ‘smartphone’.
The technology program; NYPD Mobility Initiative, will cost $160 million. As well as giving all the Police officers a smartphone, there is also a plan to install 6000 ruggedized tablets into police patrol cars.
The devices that will be issued to the Police will be connected to a cellular network, which will give officers in the field “expanded search capabilities.” This means that they will be able to readily search NYPD databases whilst in the line of duty.
A much-toted function of the NYPD smartphones is that they will be able to receive real-time 911 data, such as notes to be able to better informed.