New York Police Officers Getting Official iPhones

The new phones mark a quantum leap in policing, where everything from 911 dispatches to criminal background checks and real-time video can be quickly accessed. The iPhones are also being used to fill out some summonses, accident reports, aided cards and domestic violence reports.

An old police academy in New York City’s Gramercy Park has become the city’s newest Apple store, one that serves an exclusive group of customers. There are no glass walls and brightly lit tables with the company’s latest products on display to be found. There’s still a line out the door — of cops waiting for their department iPhones, the latest police tool to combat crime in the digital age, the New York Daily News reports. As the police department switches from Nokia phones to iPhones, the rollout has begun in Patrol Borough Manhattan South, which spans from Wall St. to 59th St.

Within the next week, cops covering these neighborhoods will be equipped, says Deputy Police Commissioner for Information and Technology Jessica Tisch. “We’ve been giving out about 600 phones a day,” Tisch said. “We’re seeing a lot of excitement.” The iPhones mark a quantum leap in policing, where everything from 911 dispatches to criminal background checks and real-time video can be quickly accessed. The iPhones are also being used to fill out some summonses, accident reports, aided cards and domestic violence reports. “I truly feel like it’s the ultimate tool to have as a patrol cop,” said officer Christopher Clampitt.

from https://thecrimereport.org