Did NYPD use robot dogs for police work? Fact-checking the Popular Rumor of the Week

The NYPD robot dog. Image from New York Post
The NYPD robot dog. Image from New York Post

There is a question people are discussing recently: Is it true that NYPD uses robot dogs for police work?


Though it may sound crazy, the claim is true! Videos of a robot dog helping with police work in New York city spread widely over the Internet recently. Many people are questioning its reality; one of the circulated videos received over 45.5 K views:

Viral video about robot police dog from NYPD.
Viral video about robot police dog from NYPD. Source: Twitter

It turns out that the video is true. Since 2020, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has been using robot dog technology in criminal investigations and dealing with emergencies. NYPD clarified on Tweet in February that they are testing the capability of this robot dog “in use by their Emergency Service Unit and Bomb Squad.”

NYPD’s Tweet about the robot dog in use. Source: Twitter
NYPD’s Tweet about the robot dog in use. Source: Twitter

The robot dog, on the other hand, has sparked discussion and concerns about privacy and security. Criticism relates the video to the England TV Series Black Mirror. Surprised and even scared, many people think this technology is terrifying, and they are worried about their privacy being violated.

Comments that are against usage of robot dog. Source: Twitter
Comments that are against usage of robot dog. Source: Twitter

Others are unhappy about how costly the robot dog is and think of it unequal to those in need.

 Comment against usage of robot dog. Source: Twitter
Comment against usage of robot dog. Source: Twitter

Willing to believe it or not, the robot dog used for police work is, in deed, genuine. This is technology!

Find it hard to determine what is authentic from what is fake on the Internet? Use Trend Micro Check to collect the information you need to decide:

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Use Trend Micro Check to gather the information you need to tell what’s real on WhatsApp. Source: Snopes

Pay more attention to what you read and share on the Internet! To combat rumors and misinformation, remember, you should always check first before you share.


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