If you ask an elementary school student if they know what a typewriter is, they may not know what to say. A lot of them don’t even know what a house wall phone is or how to use one.
Because technology has advanced so fast and so far over the last few decades, it comes to the surprise of many that typewriters are still being used in the NYPD.
According to the New York Post, lawmakers introduced a bill on Thursday that would phase out the use of typewriters by police by 2016.
“There’s no a reason a police officer can’t type up a report and put it into a computer,” Councilman Daniel Dromm said. “I think its common sense that we move away from typewriters.”
Dromm became concerned about the issue when a constituent complained that police had lost a criminal report she made about being assaulted. The report had been transcribed on a typewriter and only one copy was made.
Gizmodo reported that all 77 precincts in New York still have typewriters. Supposedly, the reason they keep the archaic devices is because some forms have not been digitized. For residents, it creates an inconvenience as they cannot fill out forms online for things like a sound permit for an outdoor gathering. Instead they have to go to their local precinct and have the information typed onto a form the old-fashioned way.
“Every time I go into a police precinct, I see typewriters,” Dromm said. “I believe they all still use them because they all have the same forms.”
In 2009, tempers flared when the topic of typewriters were approached in the terms of new machines and maintenance of existing equipment. It was estimated that it would cost over $1 million to keep the equipment going by the means of replacement and upkeep.
Several individuals agreed with Droom when he stated, “There’s no a reason a police officer can’t type up a report and put it into a computer.”