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Cops To Be Armed with Tech Tablets

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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City police officers will soon be carrying tablet computers that can access a range of high-tech data in the field. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the pilot program on Tuesday at a speech in midtown, saying the hand-held computers will connect to information collected by the department’s massive Domain Awareness System.

Jessica Tisch, the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Information and Technology, is programming the gadgets to send officers text messages about the issue or call they’re responding to. "The arrests, the complaints, the warrants,” said Tisch, ticking off the kind of alerts cops will receive. The program is expected to be rolled out in the spring. No word yet on how many will be distributed at first — or what they’ll cost. The New York Civil Liberties Union is concerned about the burgeoning access to a smorgasbord of sensitive data that’s merely a click away. “The broader the access to information police have about law-abiding New Yorkers," said Chris Dunn, the NYCLU’s Associate Legal Director, “the greater the need for privacy protections.” 

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Nagrom

She is a useless trust fund baby with political ties, that's why! Her lack of qualifications in her previous position is dumbfounding. Due to those very political connections, the best the leadership could do was "demote" her to her current position (though still an important one deserving of a person with IT qualifications). Ah, America the beautiful.

Mar. 10 2014 02:29 PM
John Q Concerned Citizen from Manhattan

Why is a non-practicing attorney with no IT experience the head of IT for a 50,000 employee organization? And before this, why was she head of the police department's Lower Manhattan counter-terrorism program fresh out of grad school? Perhaps WNYC can do a story on this, since it makes about as much sense as having your IT guy be in charge of the city's law department.

This kind of nonsense doesn't fly in the corporate world, I don't know why it is acceptable for government. This is the best candidate for the job the country's biggest police force, or just the cheapest because she is turning down salary like our prior mayor?

Mar. 05 2014 07:54 AM

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