Google Glass Is Being Eyed for Potential Use by NYPD
The New York Police Department is now experimenting with Google Glass, but whether or how the department will eventually use them remains to be seen.The New York Police Department is eyeing two Google Glass devices to see how they might fit in to police work in the Big Apple. In an email reply to an eWEEK inquiry, Stephen Davis, a deputy commissioner for the NYPD confirmed that the department has obtained the devices and is now exploring how they might be used by officers in the nation's largest police department. "As part of an ongoing interest in the advancements in the field of technology, the NYPD regularly conducts reviews of various equipment, devices, programs and other consumer products for their potential application or utility in the area of policing," Davis wrote. "In December of 2013 the Department obtained two pairs of Google Glass and has been evaluating these devices in an attempt to determine any possible useful applications. The devices have not been deployed in any actual field or patrol operations, but rather are being assessed as to how they may be appropriately utilized or incorporated into any existing technology-based functions." Davis did not respond to specific questions about how the Glass devices are being used inside the department, including inquiries about specific emergency or investigative scenarios where they could be effective in police work. He also did not directly reply to questions about whether the devices will be circulated to many officers for trials, how long the testing will continue or about when the results of the testing will be available for review.
Despite that lack of additional detail, the news that the NYPD is investigating possible uses for Google Glass is intriguing on its face, particularly because of several high-profile incidents involving the digital eyewear in the last six months.