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SPOT A CRIME? SHOOT IT AND SEND IT TO 911: NEW YORK TO USE CELL PHONE PHOTOGRAPHERS TO HELP FIGHT CRIME

SPOT A CRIME? SHOOT IT AND SEND IT TO 911: NEW YORK TO USE CELL PHONE PHOTOGRAPHERS TO HELP FIGHT CRIME

Mayor says city will equip 911 call centers to accept photos and video sent from cell phones to help nab criminals. By Marguerite Reardon, CNET News

Bloomberg_1 On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in his State of the City Address that the city plans to install new technology so that 911 call centers can receive digital images and videos sent from cell phones and computers.

"If you see a crime in progress or a dangerous building condition you’ll be able to transmit images to 911 or online to NYC.gov," he said.

The technology will also eventually be extended to 311, a hotline established during the mayor’s first term in office to deal with nonemergency, quality-of-life concerns. Bloomberg said the new video and picture capability would hold "city agencies accountable for correcting (issues) quickly and efficiently."

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