NYPD tests out new handheld security information devices

The NYPD begins testing new handheld security information devices Thursday.

The devices are a little bigger than a cell phone. They are used to link police officers to volumes of information needed immediately, such as wanted photos, gun licenses and car registrations. Officials say the devices are designed to do the same work that?s done on laptops in police cruisers.

There are currently three different versions of the device. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says 130 officers assigned to foot patrols will try out the devices as part of a six-month field test to see if they work, save time and remain durable.

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