Equipping Every Police Officer with Mobile Technology
Modern, mobile technology provides police officers with a variety of tools, including state-of-the-art terror and crime-fighting technologies that have been developed in the last decade.
- In October of 2014, the City and the Manhattan District Attorney's office announced a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative to upgrade the NYPD’s mobile technology platform.
- Since the announcement, the NYPD has outfitted up to 6,000 police cars with ruggedized tablet computers, as well as provided 35,000 handheld devices to every police officer.
- Enhanced Patrol Efficiencies. Patrol officers have expanded search capabilities, including access to the majority of NYPD databases, and will be able to conduct various record checks from the field in a timelier manner. The tablets and handheld devices will also have the capability of directly receiving information pertaining to 911 emergency calls, often prior to radio dispatch, enabling swifter response to crimes in progress and requests for service. Programs are being developed through which officers will have the capability to enter reports in the field and to process other data without returning to the precinct.
- Officer Safety Features. Real-time 911 data, including call-taker notes, the past history of 911 calls, and complaints and police actions at dispatched locations are available to responding officers. These features will help to provide potentially relevant and critical information about the location to which they are responding. Additional features, including GPS applications, are being explored. This technology will assist officers through mapping features and help to identify other police resources for back-up and response coordination purposes. GPS will also assist in more efficient management of patrol resources.
- Detective Support. Detectives working active cases in the field have access to the full range of investigative databases, creating a virtual portable Real Time Crime Center. The detectives are tied into the Department’s Enterprise Case Management System, allowing them to review and update case information from the field.
- Direct and Decentralized Communications. Wanted posters, Amber Alerts and missing persons photos can now be sent to field officers immediately, thus enhancing the potential for a more timely arrest, victim recovery or rescue.
- Enhanced Communication. Email addresses are being established for all officers to improve Department communications across the board.
- Counterterrorism Force Multiplier. The ability to promptly alert field officers will have particular benefits for possible counterterrorism issues. Alerts will be transmitted directly to officers in the field through their electronic devices, thus providing critical information and updates in a timely and coordinated manner.