As technology in the U.S. grows, so do the devices used by the armed men and women protecting our cities. Police departments around the nation are always looking for new ways to stay ahead of the game, and to protect citizens.
In New York, the New York Police Department is testing Google Glass on officers in the field. According to USA Today, the NYPD obtained two of the newest computer glasses, and the department has already put them through possible incident tests.
"We're in the process of field-testing that technology in a variety of circumstances, seeing where - if useful - where it might be most useful, most beneficial," Bill Bratton, the NYPD commissioner, told the source.
Stephen Davis, deputy commissioner at the NYPD, said that the devices were not used in actual patrol operations yet, since the officers are still trying to figure how the devices can best work in the field. As of now, Google Glass is only accessible with the Glass Explorer Program that anyone can sign up for through the company.
In an official statement, Google noted that the glasses were not specifically tailored to law enforcement agencies, and no agencies received tryout versions.
"The Glass Explorer program includes people from all walks of life, including doctors, firefighters and parents," Google's statement said, according to USA Today. "Anyone can sign up to become a Glass Explorer. The only requirements we have is that he or she is a U.S. resident and over the age of 18."
Officers could receive suspect information faster
Another applicant to be Google Explorers was the Los Angeles Police Department, which believes they won't know how the technology will be beneficial until officers use it. Other police departments are testing out the glasses and believe it could help solve investigations more quickly.
The video recording functions could record audio and video of interactions with the public, and send information instantly to officers in the field about suspects, reported CNN. Officers are still wondering about the security of the glasses and what protection they'd have if they were ever stolen in the line of duty.
The police departments looking into Google Glass simply want to find ways to receive information faster. Officers that are able to increase their situational awareness in the field can respond to incidents earlier and increase their suspect-to-custody rates with advanced technology.