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"Pocket Cops" Get the OK

BlackBerries for police officers



    "Pocket Cops" Get the OK

    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."