New York City

Forfeited funds will be used for NYPD technology

October 23, 2014 Associated Press
Bill Bratton's police department will benefit from forfeited funds. AP Photo/John Minchillo
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The NYPD is getting up to 41,000 tablets, handheld computers and other technology designed to make police work faster and more efficient. The initiative is funded by $160 million that was forfeited in criminal cases.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner William Bratton and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. made the announcement Thursday.

The tablets will be used in up to 6,000 police cars.

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Patrol officers will be able to do better searches, including record checks from the field.

They’ll get faster information about 911 calls — sometimes even before radio dispatch.

They’ll also be able to enter reports and process other data without returning to their precincts.

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