Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell delivered a “State of the NYPD” speech in Midtown on Wednesday, in which she announced several new law enforcement initiatives, including community relations and department improvements.
Sewell took the stage in Cipriani on 42nd Street in front of a packed house of police officers and members of the Police Foundation and unveiled the NYPD’s 2023 Strategic Plan in her half-hour speech. The presentation began with Sewell discussing 2022, pointing out that crimes, such as shootings, had fallen by double digits before looking to the future.
Commissioner Sewell, defending the NYPD’s partnership with the Police Foundation, revealed new technology that law enforcement will use in the future, such as the overhaul of the NYPD app on officers’ phones and a new augmented reality program. With this new technology, police officers can simply lift their phones to receive real-time data on locations and suspects.
For some, this will no doubt cause concern and fear of an all-seeing police eye. However, Sewell tried to allay these fears during a question-and-answer session after the briefing.
“Let me clear that up — it’s not a video. This is information we already use every day,” Sewell said. “We don’t add new information, we take more information; we’re uploading the information we already have into a number of different systems in the NYPD to put it at the fingertips of the officers in the augmented reality program. They just hold it [the cell phone] up and the information relevant to that area will appear.
The top agent also announced that the NYPD plans to further engage the public with the development of a new app that will allow users to notify the NYPD of a crime, alert New Yorkers to nearby threats, or attend meetings with local districts.
“The NYPD will become the most accessible police department in the world by providing instant access to services. We’re going to bring information directly to the public and our community partners,” Sewell said. “Our upcoming app will give the public the ability to file certain criminal complaints, locate a district, and get the schedules for local district council meetings. You can get a collision report, receive push notifications about public safety threats, traffic issues and other critical incidents.”
Sewell also revealed that the police plan to expand the CompStat system — the statistics and information sharing program the NYPD has used to reduce crime for more than 30 years — to the public through what they call CompStat community forums. mentioned. According to Sewell, these community-style forums will be held over Zoom.
“We think the communities we serve have their own ideas about what’s going on in their communities, and to engage them in that process where they can actually talk to us and show us what they need from us. This is their chance to tell us what they need from their police,” Sewell said.
The police commissioner also announced some major changes within the department, such as the refurbishment of break rooms at the police station and the unveiling of a brand new police vehicle.
This new patrol car has been completely redesigned and equipped with 360 degree surveillance cameras. In addition to the video capabilities, the cruiser will have a QR code on the side for New Yorkers to scan. The car is decorated with the green colors of the ancient NYPD flag.
“The re-striping of the NYPD vehicle was something we had been talking about for a while. We’ve talked about how even icons need a facelift every now and then. It’s the 100-year-old NYPD flag that we put on those vehicles,” Sewell said.