NYPD equips officers with biometric smartphones

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A new $160 million program will track police officers via GPS and give every officer a mobile fingerprint scanner.

New York Police Department officers and vehicles are to be outfitted with new technology as part of a $160 million program that will lead to fewer arrests and more summonses after being fully implemented next year, Mayor Bill de Blasio told govtech.

All 35,000 NYPD officers will be equipped with smartphones that allow officers to search databases, view wanted posters and scan suspects’ fingerprints. An additional 6,000 NYPD vehicles are to be equipped with tablets that have similar functionality.  

The NYPD will also be able to track its officers via GPS, and monitor the officers’ use of their phones and tablets.

“You can literally, with this technology, take a fingerprint on a street corner,” de Blasio said at a news conference.

Christopher Dunn, associate legal director for the New York Civil Liberties Union, recognized the potential of such devices to reduce arrests, but warned that fingerprinting programs need strict safeguards to avoid abuse.

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton acknowledged that tracking police officers could raise an issue with police labor unions, but added that some past objections, like the introduction of name tags, faded over time. GPS could also help keep officers safe, he pointed out.

The program is to be funded entirely by criminal forfeiture money.

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4 thoughts on “NYPD equips officers with biometric smartphones

  1. “Christopher Dunn, associate legal director for the New York Civil Liberties Union, recognized the potential of such devices to reduce arrests, but warned that fingerprinting programs need strict safeguards to avoid abuse.”

    Strict safeguards to avoid abuse?

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! RLMAO!!!!!

    Since WHEN has ‘avoiding abuse’ of ANY kind been even a LOW priority of the murdering thugs passing as ‘law enforcement’ these days?

  2. “Christopher Dunn, associate legal director for the New York Civil Liberties Union, recognized the potential of such devices to reduce arrests, but warned that fingerprinting programs need strict safeguards to avoid abuse.”

    Yeah, because our boys in blue would never abuse their power of authority! Who the hell do these people think they’re kidding?!?

    “The program is to be funded entirely by criminal forfeiture money.”

    More like civil forfeiture!

  3. To many NYC cops think they are god like and that people must submit to their whims.

    Don’t let any cop fingerprint you if you are not under arrest. If they get rough, then get rough back. Most of them are cowards anyway underneath their badge, gun, and fingerprint scanner. Who gave them the right to abuse peoples’ bill of rights?

    1. “If they get rough, then get rough back.”

      You’re not on ssri’s, are you?

      Suicidal tendencies?

      Very bad advice.

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