Real Time Crime Center
In 2005, the NYPD opened a new supercomputer crime-fighting center at Police Headquarters. The heart of the center is a massive data warehouse containing billions of criminal and public records. Previously, a search through as many as 50 different databases was required for facts that can now be found with a single query. The power of these tools was made available on secure mobile devices for police officers to use in the field.
Using DNA to Solve Crimes
In 2006, the NYPD created the DNA HITS Information Tracking System to streamline the process of sharing DNA matches that the NYS DNA Databank generates. The City also succeeded in its advocacy of State legislation extending mandatory DNA collection. By the end of 2013, all those convicted of misdemeanors were subject to mandatory DNA collection.
Opening Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center
Video feeds from cameras operated by private companies were combined with those from the NYPD’s own closed-circuit TV cameras, along with data from license plate readers, and biological and radiological sensors. One thousand handheld radiation pagers equipped with GPS were distributed to every sergeant on patrol in Lower Manhattan.
Emergency Communications Transformation Project
The Bloomberg administration completely overhauled and modernized the 911 system for the first time since it was created in 1968. This included streamlining the call-taking and dispatch processes and the construction of a second, fully redundant back-up call center.
Operation Crew Cut
Large hierarchical criminal gangs diminished considerably over the past 15 years. Instead, “crews,” smaller turf-based groups, became responsible for much street-level violence, small scale drug dealing and other criminal activity. In response, the NYPD developed investigative and prosecution strategies to take down existing crews and proactively intervene in the creation of new ones. These efforts led to the arrest of nearly 500 defendants in 28 different cases.
Digitally Recorded Interrogations
The Department implemented the largest initiative to digitally record custodial interrogations of suspects in custody for major crimes, including designated felony assault offenses, sex offenses and homicide offenses.
New Police Academy
Under the Bloomberg administration, New York City began the development of a state of the art Police Academy designed to conduct academic and physical training for 1,620 recruits. The facility will include classrooms, mock environments in which to conduct role play training, gymnasium space for daily training, and calisthenics, a library and a major assembly location.
Desktop Remediation Project
In 2008, the NYPD overhauled its computer network, making it 25 times faster and vastly more secure and installing 12,000 new desktop stations at 285 buildings across the City.
Property and Evidence Tracking System (PETS)
Department replaced a burdensome manual system that used typewriters with a state of the art automated evidence tracking system. It was deployed in 126 commands as of December 2011.
Automated Risk Assessment System for Domestic Violence
The NYPD implemented software that can scan its databases for previous domestic incidents, complaints and arrests. It checks for warrants, gun licenses and orders of protection. By assigning a point value to each case, it helps to identify those homes with highest risk of reoccurrence of violence.
NYPD replaced end-of-lifecycle fossil fuel powered vehicles with Flex-Fuel, Hybrid and electronic vehicles.
There was a special branch of the NYPD responsible for ensuring the integrity of the crime data, the Quality Assurance Division, which reviewed more than 50,000 crime reports a year.
Between 2002 and 2013, the NYPD took measures to ensure the internal department monitoring corruption was even more robust, including increasing the size of the Internal Affairs Bureau to 700 people, greater in size than virtually all police department in the United States.