NYPD’s Jessica Tisch who runs the department’s Information and Technology unit said 600 cops get an upgrade to the iPhone every day. “We’re seeing a lot of excitement,” Tisch added. Cops are over thrilled since their new handsets are faster and more precise.
Police officers picked an iPhone 7 or an iPhone 7 Plus if they wanted a smaller or a larger screen. Once every law enforcement officer in Manhattan gets an iPhone, the phones will be handed out to Brooklyn cops, then Queens cops.
One police officer praised the new tools for being indispensable to a patrol officer. With an iPhone, a police officer can do nearly instant criminal background checks, access life-saving details on 911 calls, and obtain real-time footage of a crime or the mugshot of a suspect a lot faster than on a Windows phone.
Smartphones Making NYPD Cops’ Work Easier
Police officers noted that with help of smartphones, 911 calls reach them before the department even hears about them. In 2014, Mayor de Blasio agreed to give $160 million in taxpayer funds to the NYPD to equip every police officer with a smartphone.
One police officer said that with help from a smartphone he can get to a crime scene before the department’s dispatcher tells him to do so on the radio. Some cops even stopped a robbery in progress before the dispatcher informed them about the crime on the radio. And all this thanks to the 911 app.
Other cops said the app helped them apprehend criminals quickly. If they have waited for the dispatcher to inform them on the suspect’s location, the suspect would have escaped. The iPhones also enable officers access CCTV footage or photos of suspects in real time.
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