The new biometric devices are part of the department’s $160 million program, funded entirely by criminal forfeiture money, designed to lower the number of arrests while boosting the number of summonses.
NYPD officers will be given biometric smartphones that allow them to browse databases, view wanted posters and scan suspects’ fingerprints. Police vehicles will be outfitted with tablets that offer similar functionality. Additionally, the NYPD will be able to monitor its officers and their use of these devices using a GPS.
“You can literally, with this technology, take a fingerprint on a street corner,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference….