SAN FRANCISCO - State and local officials in California are hoping a new online tool will help officers fight crime with their smartphones.
Attorney General Kamala Harris, Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr announced Monday that more 600 San Francisco police officers have been given a phone application that allows them to look up suspects' statewide criminal records while they are out on patrol.
Lee's office said it is the first smartphone in the country to contain local, state and federal law enforcement data.
The JusticeMobile smartphones will be in the hands of all San Francisco police officers assigned to San Francisco streets by the end of the year.
Rollout plans call for about 1,600 officers in San Francisco to receive by year's end an expanded version of the new JusticeMobile app that will include federal criminal records.
“San Francisco’s men and women in uniform need 21st Century tools to keep our City safe,” said Mayor Lee. “This is a game changer."
Los Angeles police officers will soon receive the application, which was created by the attorney general's office and several San Francisco city departments.
New York City police began testing a similar app earlier this year.