Over 400 New York cops have been given Android phones running an app that lets them access pretty much anything they might need to know while on the street – from arrest records to the locations of CCTV cameras with a view of a spot where a crime has just taken place …

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The New York Times says the pilot scheme provides faster access to data than patrol-car laptops. Among the data the cops can pull up are:

Arrest warrants & records
Incident records
Protection orders
Suspect records

So, for example, when stopping a felon on the street, cops can see that he is known to hide drugs in his left sock. They can also do location-based searches, like pulling up photos of everyone arrested in a particular building.

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