How NYPD Uses Array Of High-Tech Devices To Solve Crime


To solve a street shooting and most other crimes in 21st century New York City, the city’s police department uses high-tech tools and massive databases of information culled from what the New York Daily News calls “an incredible array of sources.” The newspaper reports on the use of this technology, including thousands of security cameras scattered throughout the city linked together in a network called the Domain Awareness System (DAS);records of hundreds of thousands of license plate numbers scanned and pinned to specific locations at specific times; and social media posts “bragging about criminal behavior.”

Also included in the report: facial recognition technology that matches facial characteristics of potential suspects to images in a massive police database; improved ballistics capability that allows cops to identify the source of a bullet quickly; prosecutors in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island have created crime strategies units, using data to identify ties between crimes; a system of sensors that would detect gunshots even when residents don't report the shootings, and use of Microsoft tablet computers that can instantly tap into the criminal history at an address, including residents with outstanding warrants

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