Re-christened Pocket Cops, 2,000 BlackBerrys will be distributed to officers in the city and will be used to “run warrants, check vehicle registrations, and pull up criminal histories and suspect photos”, the Associated Press reports.
But not everyone is happy about the plan. Detective Robert F Cherry is concerned that the scarily accurate GPS that BlackBerry phones boast could be used against officers to subject them to Big Brother-style levels of scrutiny over their whereabouts.
Frankly, we’re with him all the way. In the HBO TV series, McNulty and co take time out to sink beers on wasteland to cope with the intense pressures of their work. And, while we don't condone that, we empathise totally. By the same token, who’d begrudge the real Baltimore police a few minutes out of their exacting day to grab doughnuts and coffee?
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