New York Cops to Receive Smartphones Featuring Real-Time Sharing of Crime-Related Information

The phones will give cops access to 911 calls and video surveillance footage from crime scenes at the push of a button.

NEW YORK — In an effort to better fight crime, the New York Police Department is issuing smartphones to every cop by next year that will allow the NYPD to share breaking information with cops at the push of a button, the New York Post reports.

The phones will be linked to the mainframe computers at One Police Plaza and will help give cops real-time updates on crimes, including access to 911 calls and video surveillance footage from crime scenes.

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“They will be incredibly helpful with things like being able to get a photo of a possible terror suspect to the entire department,” said a representative of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office.

Vance’s office paid for the phones from money it collected through settlements, most notably a $9 billion settlement with France bank BNP Paribas after it violated U.S. sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sadan, according to the report.

The smartphones will also allow cops to take fingerprints on the street to quickly identify who they’re encountering, according to Vance.

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