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Google said it isn't directly working with the NYPD for the beta-testing

Google Glass may no longer be a device only seen on techies strolling around San Francisco. According to a new report, the New York Police Department (NYPD) is testing the wearable gadgets for day-to-day duties. 

According to VentureBeat, the NYPD is taking part in the Glass Explorer program to see if they'd be helpful for patrol and investigative purposes. Some uses could be matching suspects' names and faces to databases often used by police enforcement during arrests or interviews, eliminating hand-written or typed reports, and potentially wireless facial recognition software to nab the bad guys. 

“We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes,” said a ranking New York City law enforcement official. “We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work.”

Google said it isn't directly working with the NYPD. Rather, the department likely signed up for the Glass Explorer program on its own without any official partnership.

“The Google Glass Explorer program includes people from all walks of life, including doctors, firefighters and parents," said Google. "Anyone can sign up to become a Glass Explorer, provided he or she is a U.S. resident and over the age of 18."


TThe Glass Explorer program allows anyone to apply for a pair from Google directly, and if Google accepts the application, the user can score a pair of Glass for $1,500. 
The NYPD believes Glass could positively affect its day-to-day, but it's too early to tell at this point. Some citizens of New York City will likely feel differently on the subject, with many privacy concerns already raised about the use of Google Glass by everyday citizens, let alone law enforcement. 
For instance, Seattle-based diner Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge released it's official policy on Google Glass via Facebook back in November 2013 after a customer refused to stop using the device in the diner. The restaurant is concerned that Google Glass wearers (also known as "glassholes" in some cases) will take photos or videos of other customers without consent. The customer was asked to leave. 
Google Glass also isn't exactly the expected device of use for police officers, especially after a California citizen was ticketed for wearing them while driving. She later beat the ticket

Source: VentureBeat

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By YearOfTheDingo on 2/6/2014 11:37:40 AM , Rating: 5
Half man, half tech-geek: all waste of taxpayer money.

RE: GoogoCop
By amanojaku on 2/6/2014 12:14:46 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. However, this is an indirect step in the right direction. The police should be forced to wear cameras so that they can be held accountable for their actions. A $1,500 Google Glass device isn't right for this, but a $350 wearable camera is. Pulling up and distributing perp info can be done at the police precinct, using existing tech. Hell, they could add a screen to the walkie-talkies and still come out cheaper than Google Glass.

RE: GoogoCop
By Zak on 2/6/14, Rating: -1
RE: GoogoCop
By Solandri on 2/6/2014 4:38:44 PM , Rating: 2
And if they hire a few video editors, they can run their own COPS-like reality TV show. Take in all the revenue for themselves, instead of having some third party studio siphon off most of it. Just hire someone to compose a catch intro song and you're set.

RE: GoogoCop
By amanojaku on 2/6/2014 7:55:34 PM , Rating: 2
I always said they should make canning a punishment, then air it on PPV. Who wouldn't want to see Justin Bieber get his ass beat? Even his groupies would approve of this just to see his bare ass!

In all seriousness, though, wearable cameras could be a reality.
The Rialto study began in February 2012 and will run until this July. The results from the first 12 months are striking. Even with only half of the 54 uniformed patrol officers wearing cameras at any given time, the department over all had an 88 percent decline in the number of complaints filed against officers, compared with the 12 months before the study, to 3 from 24.

Rialto’s police officers also used force nearly 60 percent less often — in 25 instances, compared with 61. When force was used, it was twice as likely to have been applied by the officers who weren’t wearing cameras during that shift, the study found. And, lest skeptics think that the officers with cameras are selective about which encounters they record, Mr. Farrar noted that those officers who apply force while wearing a camera have always captured the incident on video.

“We don’t like the networks of police-run video cameras that are being set up in an increasing number of cities. We don’t think the government should be watching over the population en masse.” But requiring police officers to wear video cameras is different, he says: “When it comes to the citizenry watching the government, we like that.”

Before the cameras, “there were so many situations where it was ‘he said, she said,’ and juries tend to believe police officers over accused criminals,” Mr. Stanley says. “The technology really has the potential to level the playing field in any kind of controversy or allegation of abuse.”

RE: GoogoCop
By ie5x on 2/7/2014 5:00:41 AM , Rating: 2
No, won't happen. Just look at that officer, do you really think he can overpower a perp while wearing this device? In dire situations, any sensible person would take it off before going into fight mode.

RE: GoogoCop
By Jeffk464 on 2/7/2014 3:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
He doesn't look like he can overpower anybody.

RE: GoogoCop
By jihadjoe on 2/6/2014 11:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
At $1,500? Pfft. Too cheap. This has to be at least $15,000 per device for the Feds to even bother.

RE: GoogoCop
By Jeffk464 on 2/7/2014 3:21:37 PM , Rating: 2
LA county sheriff paid out about 200 million dollars in lawsuits in the last 4 years, I think $1500 is cheap if it can cut down into this. Cops don't personally care about lawsuits because they don't have to pay and the police unions basically prevent any impact on their careers, so we obviously need another solution.

RE: GoogoCop
By Jeffk464 on 2/7/2014 3:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
Half man, half tech-geek: all waste of taxpayer money

Na, this is the future. Cops will eventually all be wearing some form of this its obviously extremely useful. I would agree that its at to early a stage though. Think about it though, the camera uses facial recognition and then uses the heads up display to tell the cop what a person is wanted for and if their considered dangerous. We also want cops to have everything they are doing recorded beyond their control to prevent bad behavior by the cop and bogus lawsuits by people being arrested. I can't think of a better use for a google glasses style product.

By Murloc on 2/6/2014 2:53:34 PM , Rating: 2
all policemen have a radio, either on their hip or strapped to their chest.
Just integrate a smartphone camera and a wireless transmitter or cable in there and it's done.

Facial recognition? Give them an app for the smartphone that sends pics to a server which runs the software and gives them the answer.
No hardware cost.

I could see an use for a HUD when doing more advanced stuff, but for patrol, they can just whip out the smartphone if they need to receive information.
Or a smartphone-watch in the future.

When this google glass stuff will be cheaper and widely available, with noise-proof vocal commands, maybe then it will be worth exploring for the police.

By g35fan on 2/6/2014 6:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
Looking at that picture and one thing came to mind - it looks just as I imagine a futuristic police officer in 10yrs or so.

Not that it's a bad thing, I'm just wondering where do you draw the line. The facial recognition scanning could be used by officers just walking down a busy sidewalk in NYC to pick out offenders...or how about telling who is intoxicated or high by facial recognition. How about someone who owes on parking tickets. Shoot, why not just mount these cameras on every street corner and have the flying amazon pizza hut delivery drones pick these people up and drop them off at jail.

By villageidiotintern on 2/6/2014 7:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
I see a market for small concealable cans of spray paint.

By Darkk on 2/7/2014 12:51:58 AM , Rating: 2
You are missing the point about Google Glass. Granted it will give police officers instant access to information but in the process the video is instantly being recorded and then eventually Google will get a copy of it to do whatever they please.


By ReloadAO on 2/6/14, Rating: -1
RE: Hehe
By Makaveli on 2/6/2014 2:57:26 PM , Rating: 3
how do you know this....

Did you have intercourse with a Male NYPD officer?

RE: Hehe
By Rukkian on 2/7/2014 11:12:54 AM , Rating: 3
More like all of the male NYPD officers.

RE: Hehe
By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/2014 11:24:51 AM , Rating: 1
Overcompensation. The power, the authority, the control.

Add to that women married to law enforcement officers are 2-4 times more likely to be physically and sexually abused.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if most cops had a shrimpy little dick.

RE: Hehe
By Jeffk464 on 2/7/2014 3:27:55 PM , Rating: 2
There has also been a lot of cases where cops have murdered their wives, don't know if its more than average or not.

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