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NYPD Plans Massive Cellphone and Tablet Rollout

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City police officers will soon be equipped with new gadgets as part of a department-wide technology initiative.

About 35,000 personal cell phones will be issued by the New York City Police Department for every officer and tablets will be installed in some 6,000 police cars.

The program is funded by a $160 million investment.

Most of the money is coming from settlements made by the Manhattan district attorney with foreign banks who were moving money for governments like Syria and Libya.

Officials say police will have invaluable information at their fingertips.

"Everything that we can do in a precinct station house, they will be able to do in the field," said Police Commissioner William Bratton.

"Real-time 911 data, warrant information from federal, state and city databases, photographs of missing persons, suspects, Crimestoppers posters and other persons of interest, and by this spring, we anticipate the integration of fingerprint scanning," said Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr.

"All of this speeds up the work of public safety. And in public safety every minute counts, every second counts," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The NYPD will also issue email addresses to all 50,000 members of the department.

Forty tablets are already in squad cars as part of a pilot program.

Officers will start receiving their smartphones next year when the department-wide rollout begins.

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