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NYPD deploys Knightscope robots

by Marco van der Hoeven

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has signed a contract with Knightscope, a company that produces autonomous robots for public safety purposes. Mayor Eric Adams and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell announced the plans to implement new technologies to enhance the safety of the city’s citizens at a press conference in Times Square.

The NYPD has joined other police departments that have successfully deployed Knightscope’s technologies in their efforts to reduce crime rates. The robots are designed to be fun, engaging, and respectful of everyone’s privacy, making them ideal for supporting police efforts across the country. Knightscope’s chairman and CEO, William Santana Li, who was born in Queens, expressed his pride and gratitude for the opportunity to help his hometown better secure its communities.

Mayor Adams emphasized that the city must leverage technology to keep pace with those who seek to harm New Yorkers. He acknowledged that technology can be a powerful tool to ensure the safety of the city’s residents and visitors. He added that the city is constantly searching for new and effective ways to safeguard its people. Knightscope’s robots provide an innovative solution to the challenges faced by public safety officials in the city, who often experience significant recruiting challenges. The NYPD’s decision to adopt this technology demonstrates its commitment to keeping New York City safe and secure.

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