"Pocket Cops" Get the OK

BlackBerries for police officers

By Kathy Banks
|  Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010  |  Updated 8:17 PM EDT
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"Pocket Cops" Get the OK

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Cops in Charm City will soon be able to spend more time outside their cruisers.

Baltimore city officials approved a contract to buy 2,000 specially-equipped BlackBerries for police officers. 

The devices are called "Pocket Cops." They provide officers with all sorts of information -- from criminal histories to vehicle registrations -- right in the palm of their hands. No need to dash back to the cruiser to run a warrant.

The city is using $3.5 million in federal stimulus dollars to pay for the devices. 

City officials said officers who participated in the pilot program "loved them."

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