NYPD starts replacing cops' Windows Phones with iPhones

  • NYPD starts replacing cops' Windows Phones with iPhones

NYPD starts replacing cops' Windows Phones with iPhones

Once the rollout of the 36,000 iPhone 7 and 7 Plus units are completed in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens are next on the rollout list. The department chose to use Windows Phones in 2016, apparently because it also used Microsoft software for a video surveillance program.

According to the New York Daily News, the iPhone initiative officially kicked off right before Christmas and the officers will have a choice between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Rolling out at a pace of 600 phones a day, officers in these areas of Manhattan will have the devices ready within the next week.

With 911 dispatch actually faster than calls made over the radio, there are already cases of getaway attempts that would have succeeded in the past being hampered by the new, faster acting officer dispatch method. Last year, the NYPD announced that it would be replacing those phones with an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus due to Microsoft stopping support for its mobile system. The officers will also use their iPhones to fill out summonses, as well as to file accident reports, aided cards and domestic violence reports. The iPhones will also allow cops to quickly get surveillance photos and videos of Wanted suspects minutes after a crime is committed.

The shift to smartphones in 2010 has helped drop response times to incidents by 14 percent, Tisch said.

"When cops are responding to a job, the phone will automatically provide them with the criminal history of the location, such as how many 911 calls have been at the address in the past and what type of calls", reads the report.

The transition from Windows Phone to iPhone won't cost a single cent, as the company is going with an AT&T contract offer where the outdated iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be handed out to cops for free.

Now for the 36,000 old Window Phones, they will not just be chucked into cell phone purgatory.