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Google Now Alerts Card Showing Local Police Activity for Users

Google Now, the prescient digital assistant, earlier this month and last began reminding users of important stuff like voter registration and deals on airfare. Hot on the heels of those additions, another soon-to-be-indispensable card has begun popping up for users – information about local police activity.

A few folks on reddit managed to capture the card, which seems similar in appearance to the “alerts” card that appears for weather and emergency cell broadcasts. It gives just a snippet of text, the full body of which can presumably be read in your web browser of choice.

Note that the difference between the two screenshots is the result of different Search app versions; the newer Search is on the right, the older on the left.

The rollout does not seem to be the result of an app update, so we are assuming it is a server-side switch.

Let us know in the comments if the card has appeared for you.

Via: Reddit [2]
  • Higher_Ground

    I wouldn’t expect to see it locally in my city, as they do just about the bare minimum when it comes to transparently reporting their activities. Often the information is only available long after it happened anyway.

  • thank you so much


  • gemmax

    When I read the headline I was hoping it was for notifying users of police speed traps.

    • Aaron C


      • Waze with the Google Maps engine and maps would be awesome.

        • MKader17

          If I could only get my Moto X to include it in the “driving” feature.

  • Pinata

    Ah google now, let me count the Waze.

  • radiohead14

    will it let us know when you guys actually put up the Xperia Z3 Compact Review? don’t like being that guy.. but Kellen said more than a week ago: “I’ll have my Xperia Z3 Compact review up within the next day or so”…

  • Warwick

    I got that same Lafayette police card yesterday. I live in San Jose….

  • velocipedes

    So this will help me keep a better eye on the armed, costumed thugs in my neighborhood?

    • antinorm

      So you’d rather have anarchy?

      • velocipedes

        Well since you ask, yes… yes I would.

        • neo

          Only an ignorant fool would say that.

          • velocipedes

            Oh… ok then.

          • John Davids

            Engaging in character assassination before a debate even begins. How telling.

          • neo

            Debate what, that anarchy is the best way? Someone who first calls the police armed, costumed thugs, and then says they would rather have anarchy is either a kid that has never strayed far from home, or simply ignorant. It would be a pointless debate.

          • John Davids

            Or perhaps it’s someone who feels disenfranchised with the police enforcement system. Maybe they were personally racially profiled or had their constitutional rights violated in some way which is what is informing their distrust and characterization of their local police officers. Or maybe they are an ill-informed child. Perhaps they are a police officer themselves. Hard to say, the conversation has not taken place…

            Your expert use of an ad hominem attack is quite effective though. Who *WOULD* want to have a conversation with an ignorant child living with their parents? Kudos.

  • Kevin

    This isn’t new. I got this card back in June.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Pretty sure the rollout is broader now, though.

      • Kevin

        Because someone on Reddit just noticed it?

      • AngryMosquito41

        not broad enough..
        I live in NYC and I still haven’t gotten it.

      • michael arazan

        I have had police and amber alerts on google now for a month, but only had One police report

    • ndog21

      I live in LA and I have never, and still don’t have that card.

      • Kevin

        Have there been any shootings around you lately? LA is a pretty big place.

        • ndog21

          No, I’m in Westchester (part of the city of LA) there usually isn’t any crime around here that I’m aware of.

  • Brian Menius

    This will have Google Now blowing up nonstop here in Memphis.

    • Erick Wright

      And Chicago smh

  • Samwuse Gamji

    It wouldnt go away, after clearing it came back about 5 times.

  • Ben Murphy

    Sadly I live in San Diego, where there is never any police activity. Just sun, beaches, and hot people. =)

    • AbbyZFresh

      and illegal mexicans hopping over the fence by the beaches.

      • Ben Murphy

        That open up shop and make bomb Mexican food.

        • michael arazan

          San Diego has the best taco/burrito shops ever, hole in the wall joints with amazing food when I went.

          They actually use spices and in the correct way

          • Ben Murphy

            I agree. Visited a taco truck yesterday. Wow.

      • Tyler Durden

        Most of them are better folks than the political right.

        • velocipedes

          …AND the political left.

    • James Polk

      Don’t forget that everyone has too much money, not enough stress, the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and the children are all above average.

      • Ben Murphy

        Yeah, the boys here are insanely yum. I’m never moving again if I can help it.

  • jwildman16

    *Newer search on the right.

  • blakjakdavy

    I have a new card today about tomorrow’s solar eclipse.

    • blakjakdavy

      Update: screenshot

      • JSo

        I just checked mine and I have the same thing

      • jamaall

        Yup, I have that as does the rest of my family using Google Now.

  • Tyler Durden

    Will it notify us when they’re at the local donut shop?

    • michael arazan

      One reason why you never hear of donut shops ever getting held up

  • Disqo Stu