Along with their guns and handcuffs, you might start seeing city police officers walking around with handheld devices in an effort to test out a new app. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Speaking to movers and shakers at the Waldorf Astoria Tuesday, Police Commissioner William Bratton says he wants New York City police officers to be high-tech with crime information at their fingertips.
"They will be able to access in their patrol car, on their walking beat, as they are responding to a crime. This is the future of the New York City Police Department," Bratton said.
He's talking about a pilot program in which officers will carry electronic tablets to quickly access important information. The NYPD's deputy commissioner for information technology said that the program should start in a few months.
The tablets will use an application developed from the NYPD's highly sophisticated surveillance and tracking system called domain awareness.
"He will see on his alert panel all 911 jobs that he or she is supposed to respond to," said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Jessica Tisch. "They'll get all of the 911 texts that's associated with that job."
That includes if anyone has been arrested or has a warrant. It will also track registered gun owners.
The presentation was held in front of the New York City Police Foundation. The organization has raised millions of dollars from private donors over the years to help fund NYPD initiatives.
"The commissioner's priorities are what we help support, and if technology is his number one priority, that is a program that we will support," said Susan Birnbaum, president of the New York City Police Foundation.
The commissioner said that once the pilot program starts, he wants lots of feedback from officers on the street to find out if there needs to be changes to the technology or devices.
In addition, expect to see the pilot program of officers wearing body cameras to start in the near future. That was ordered by a federal judge during the stop-and-frisk trial.
"L.A. already has over 100 officers field-testing body cameras from different manufacturers. Why re-invent the wheel? We'll basically collaborate with them," Bratton said.
In fact, he said that there will be a lot of collaborating with police from jurisdictions as far away as England to help improve policing here.