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NYPD testing out Google Glass for police work

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NYPD testing out Google Glass for police work
The NYPD is testing out the use of Google Glass for police work. According to a report published on Wednesday, New York City's finest have already purchased "a few pairs" of the connected specs and are testing them to see if there is any value to having them become one of the investigative tools used by the agency. The testing is being done for routine patrol work. With 34,500 employees punching a time clock at the NYPD, it is the largest police department in the U.S.and does have some influence over others.

On the other coast, the San Francisco Police also has an interest in the connected specs. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has become a tool for officers in the city, allowing them to run the department's database to check for outstanding warrants. The phone also helps officers view realtime mugshots of wanted criminals. Susan Merritt, the CIO of the San Francisco Police Department, says that Google Glass could have huge applications for law enforcement. One use could be as a wireless method for running facial recognition software.

"We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes."-NYPD law enforcement official

The use of video recording and dictation could also help cops avoid long desk time typing out incident reports. On the other hand, there are those who say that Google Glass will violate the civil liberties of innocent people.

It will be interesting to see what police do throughout the U.S. with Google Glass. If it turns out that the device is indispensable as a crime fighting tool, Google will be richly rewarded.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: VentureBeat via 9to5Google

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posted on 06 Feb 2014, 01:04

1. ScottSchneider (Posts: 318; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


With this they can easily find the criminal in a crowd, i mean with the proper software...
Like in MI:4 Ghost Protocol...

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 01:24 2

2. joey_sfb (Posts: 2932; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Good for give out speed tickets. Every things you say and do will be dubbed.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 03:04

4. reckless562 (Posts: 772; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


damn, kuz i always go to court, n the last thing i need is them to Remember what happened. thats y i beat my tickets

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 08:07

5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6505; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


So let me get this straight. They can use Google glass while that one lady can't use hers and got a ticket already?

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 09:29

6. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Gives new meaning to "you have the right to remain silent."

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 02:03 1

3. mr.techdude (Posts: 549; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The Google glass has to have a special equipment to stay permanently, cause you know cops like brutally bash the innocent, thus might also save the innocent to though with evidence of their footages

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 09:50

7. lyndon420 (Posts: 1741; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


This is good news. Now they can be held more easily accountable for their actions...and it is bound to help with becoming more efficient in their jobs. Curious to know if they would be allowed to wear them inside establishments where they are currently banned. On a side note: we need to start embrassing the future.

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 17:26

8. wilsong17 (Posts: 922; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


good job google looking out for the future

sadly many closed minded people in this world

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 09:31

9. mrblah (Posts: 452; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Part of me is scared, NSA PD is more like it, and part of me hopes this is a requirement for all officers while on duty with no option to shut it off or remove.
As a victim of a bad police brutality incident a few years ago, i realized they can get away with anything as long as there is no proof and more of them than you...

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