Although controversial, the city police plan to start using machines able to tell from a distance if someone is in possession of a concealed weapon.
While the gun control debate in the United States continues in full force, different authorities are looking for ways to catch people illegally in possession of firearms.
The New York Police Department announced today that it will soon adopt the technology portable scanner that allows police officers to see from a distance if someone is in possession of a concealed weapon, according to the New York Daily News.
The scanner is a device small enough to fit in a police van and set out on a street corner that reads terahertz radiation, which is the energy emitted by both humans and inanimate objects. When he turns to a person, you can see something that blocks the specific energy coming off the human – like a gun.
“If something obstructs the flow of radiation, such as a weapon, the device will highlight that object,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, according to the New York Daily News.
Using terahertz machines has been the subject of a dispute between the groups for civil liberties. Not only can the authorities ‘research’ individuals without just cause, but false positives can also lead to unwarranted stops.
The New York Police Department said it hopes to begin testing the device in high-crime areas in the near future, according to the New York Daily News.
“We still have a number of tests to be performed before we can determine the best way to implement this technology,” said Kelly. “We are also talking with our legal staff of this., But we’re very pleased with the progress we made last year.”