For years, New York has been collecting monthly fees on mobile phone plans that was designated to go towards implementing the E911 system that would let police determine the location of a mobile phone caller. In the wake of a recent boating accident in NY where a caller on a mobile couldn't let police know where he was, people are starting to ask what happened to all that money? It turns out that the vast majority of it was "diverted" to other uses within police departments. So, now, as we wait for the E911 systesm that have been "mandated" it turns out that the money earmarked to build the system was put into "departmental dry cleaning bills, ballpoint pens, travel, car leases, grounds maintenance for precincts and winter boots".
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