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NYPD Plans To Launch New Criminal And Terrorist Tracking System

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (file / credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (file / credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP)¬†— The New York Police Department will soon launch an all-seeing “Domain Awareness System” that combines several streams of information to track both criminals and potential terrorists.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the city developed the software with Microsoft.

Kelly says the program combines city-wide video surveillance with law enforcement databases.

He says it will be officially unveiled by New York’s mayor as soon as next week.

Kelly spoke Saturday before an audience at the Aspen Security Forum.

The NYPD has been under fire for surveillance of Muslim communities and partnering with the CIA to track potential terror suspects. Muslim groups have sued to shut down the NYPD programs.

Kelly defended the policies as key to thwarting 14 terror plots against the city since the attacks of Sept. 11th.

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