Buffalo Police could soon be armed with new tool- iPads

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — About 705 officers make up the Buffalo Police department, and Mayor Byron Brown is hoping to get an iPad in the hands of every single one of them.

In the general budget for the city of Buffalo Mayor Brown requested $500,000 to get every officer an iPad. Buffalo Police Lieutenant Jeff Rinaldo says it will make officers more efficient in the long run and eventually eliminate the need for written reports. He says it will also help reduce the expense of equipment that currently has to be put in police cars- like laptops, scanners and other devices.

The iPad will be a one stop shop for a lot of technology officers use on a daily basis.

“We’re in the process of having some apps written that are going to allow us to utilize the camera on the iPad to take crime scene photos where before we had to have different people respond to do various functions, now an officer will be able to take some limited amount of crime scene photos and have that information directly input into a police report,” said Lieutenant Jeff Rinaldo.

Lieutenant Rinaldo says officers would also use GPS features on the iPad for responding to calls. The Buffalo Police department is hoping to begin purchasing the iPads by the end of the summer. Lieutenant Rinaldo says the Buffalo Police Department would be the first major police department in the country to do so.

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