NYPD Fighting Crime With Help From Technology

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Tablet 1. Bad guys 0.

The NYPD recorded an apparent first yesterday — an arrest made with an assist from a patrol car tablet.

When Police Commissioner Bill Bratton paid a visit to the 34th Precinct stationhouse in Washington Heights Thursday morning, he walked in on two men being processed for assaulting another man and stealing his cell phone.

The two officers who responded to the crime scene had put their tablet — installed just last week in patrol cars throughout the command — to good use.

With the help of an app designed to locate stolen or lost cell phones, the officers pinged the stolen phone to Ogden Ave. in the Bronx “and we arrested them in real time,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.