New York 911 System Takes Citizen Photos, Video

Susan Hall

Sure, your every gaffe could appear on YouTube or "America's Funniest Home Videos," but police in New York City have kind words about citizens with camera phones. As in, "Bring them on!"


The city's Real Time Crime Center has been updated so that 911 callers can send in photos and videos of anything from a robbery to a pothole, reports Reuters. The New York Daily News quotes Mayor Michael Bloomberg saying:

This technology should scare every would-be criminal because the chance of getting caught in the act is now better than ever.

A caller with photos or video of a crime will be called back by police officers with information about how to submit the material to an e-mail address. Calls about what Reuters calls "quality-of-life complaints"-- is that the potholes? -- will be fielded by the 311 city-services department.


The photos or video might be shared with the public -- or not.


Bloomberg also says:

As helpful as your photo or video image is, do not put yourself in harm's way to obtain them. Your safety is paramount.

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