Attention all personnel

constable_kristyn_adamsonThe 35,000+ officers working for the NYPD recently received warnings to not record video, take photos or make audio recordings with their personal smartphones while on duty.

According to a recent article in the New York Daily News, people that have seen the memo say it sternly warns officers against using their personal cell phones to record video or take pictures while on duty unless authorized by a supervisor.

“Members of the service are reminded that any video or audio created by any device, including a personal device, becomes a record for legal purposes and is therefore subject to applicable evidentiary laws,” NYPD brass said in an order dated Aug. 7, 2014.

It’s unclear if this has to do with a policy change or the possibility that when a phone is entered into evidence, the entire contents of that phone are admissible as opposed to a specific image, text or other data.

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