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Guns, handcuffs, batons, radios — for all their raw power, the standard items on the NYPD patrol belt can’t keep up with the gear in the pocket of any teen, or terrorist, on the street. With a big infusion of cash from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is taking a leap into the present by moving to equip officers and patrol cars with cellphones and tablet computers.

DA Vance, Mayor Blasio, and Police Commissioner Bratton announced a major initiative that will in many ways transform the way NYPD officers perform their duties. Using criminal asset forfeiture funds secured by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office through recent sanctions cases, the $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative will provide NYPD officers with up to 41,000 mobile devices, including tablet computers and handheld devices that will streamline law enforcement efforts, increase the safety of New Yorkers as well as police officers, and ensure fairness within the City’s criminal justice system. 

The nation’s top prosecutors held a gun summit Tuesday in a state with some of the loosest gun laws in the country. Calling themselves Prosecutors Against Gun Violence and led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., they called for common-sense changes to keep guns away from criminals.

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Elice Rizzo to 5-to-10 years in state prison and Val Ruiz to 1 ½-to-4 years in state prison for stealing more than $50,000 from bank customers by impersonating them and withdrawing money from their accounts. 

A coalition of prosecutors from across the country gathered for the first time in Atlanta to discuss ways to fight gun violence. Prosecutors Against Gun Violence was announced last month and held its first meeting Tuesday in Atlanta. The group is co-chaired by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and includes 23 prosecutors from major jurisdictions throughout the nation.