“We’ve been giving out about 600 phones a day,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information and Technology Jessica Tisch. “We’re seeing a lot of excitement.”
The rollout has begun in Patrol Borough Manhattan South, which spans from Wall Street to 59th Street. Once every cop in Manhattan has an iPhone, the rollout will move to Brooklyn, then Queens.
“I truly feel like it’s the ultimate tool to have as a patrol cop,” said Police Officer Christopher Clampitt. “We get to the location a lot quicker. By the time the dispatcher puts out the job (on the radio) we’re already there.”
The iPhones are also being used to fill out some summonses, accident reports, aided cards and domestic violence reports. Additionally, the iPhones allow cops to receive video and surveillance pictures of wanted suspects within minutes of the crime.
“We can just blast that out so everyone on patrol knows what is going on in real time,” said Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, commanding officer of the 13th Precinct.
When responding to call, the iPhone will automatically to provide a criminal history of the location, such as how many 911 calls have been at the address in the past and what type of calls. The phone will also tell officers if there are any wanted felons at the address.
The NYPD is expected to replace around 36,000 Windows phones with iPhones.