The New York Police Department has joined the growing ranks of bloggers across the country who want to make their voices heard. They've started a podcast, the Web-based audio broadcasts, which listeners can upload to mp3 players. The NYPD's first podcast includes updates about street closures, identity theft, and a New York officer's experiences in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Yes, podcasts are new and exciting, and, yeah, they're the technologically hip thing to do. And the NYPD appears to be the first local law enforcement agency in the country to launch one. 

But is this really a bandwagon the NYPD needs to jump on? Will anyone really be interested in uploading tips about credit card fraud to listen to during their morning jog? New technology is a great way to deliver city services to citizens, but tech for tech's sake is just a waste of everybody's time.