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Photos courtesy of the NYPD
Photos courtesy of the NYPD
An officer shows how the NYPD's new technology can detect a concealed weapon.

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly called 2012 the year that will be remembered for an “epic” storm, a presidential election, the fiscal cliff and New York City’s fewest homicides in more than half a century – and the police department is continuing work to further decrease that number.

Last year, Kelly discussed a new tool capable of detecting concealed firearms on a person, and at this year’s State of the NYPD address, he announced that the police department recently received delivery of this new technology.

With the help of the London Metropolitan Police and the item’s vendor, a tool has been developed that reads a “specific form of natural energy emitted by people and objects,” according to Kelly. If something is blocking this radiation, such as a weapon, the tool will highlight that object.

“We still have a number of trials to run,” said Kelly. “But we’re very pleased with the progress we’ve made over the past year.”

Currently, the NYPD is determining how best to deploy the new technology to ensure it’s success in detecting concealed weapons.

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