NYPD Blue: All 36,000 Big Apple cops will be soon using customized Windows Phones

NYPD Blue: All 36,000 Big Apple cops will be soon using customized Windows Phones
Ironically, Windows Phones are doing a great job keeping crime down in the Big Apple (as in Apple iPhone). 25,000 of New York's Finest already carry a customized Windows Phone handset as part of their regular patrol gear, and the remaining 11,000 officers belonging to the NYPD will be receiving the same phone in the weeks ahead. What model is being employed by the NYPD is unknown. Last week, Microsoft received an order for four million Windows 10 Mobile smartphones to be delivered to the Department of Defense over the next year.

According to NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch, one of the most important apps that is pre-loaded onto the handset is "the universal search app that provides enterprise search of all department databases and certain state and federal databases." And with fingerprint sensors on some models, identifying suspects in the field is much easier.

As an example of how the phones can help the cops patrol the streets, recently officers in the seven-three (that's cop talk for the 73rd precinct) were alerted by the NYPD's new shot-spotter system that shots had been fired near near 409 Saratoga Avenue. Bullet casings were found on the roof. Using their phones, the police found that a woman in the building had an outstanding arrest warrant. Using their handset, cops obtained a search warrant, "tossed" her place (we watch a lot of cop shows) where they found weapons and made two arrests. 

Yes, there are concerns that being human, the cops will end up with their faces buried in their phones to catch a score, tweet a loved one, and do all of the things that the average Joe does with his phone. But on a recent Monday alone, the NYPD used their department issued handsets to view 2,000 wanted flyers, conduct 36,000 database searches, and review information about 29,000 911 calls.


Wouldn't it be something if someday, instead of reaching for their guns, the police could defuse situations by reaching for their phones?

source: NY1 via FierceWireless

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32 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Awesome to see Windows Phones gaining traction in big places. Can imagine a Windows SmartPhone replacing those Laptops in cop vehicles, with a Continuum dock like the HP Elite X3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCJ9pYuxDNc

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

that HP Elite X3 is an absolute BEAST.

5. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

In deed it is, but what is stopping these guys to make these phones used with the surface pro pen???? if it was compatable then i would have bought it first day of release........ just waiting for the phone which will support the windoes surface pro pen...

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, that's something I really want on my next Phablet, just like the Galaxy Note line. My Surface Pro isn't always with me in the field, but my SmartPhone is, and it's in the field where I get ideas I want to write down in my OneNote..

7. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Same here.... looking for any windows phone which will support surface pro pen and its functionality..

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

OMG! Dude I just Google'd that and I went to HP website and watch a video. You aren't kidding, and OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That phones in the renders on the video looks absolutely stunning!!!!!!! I think I way be buying a Windows Phone soon. I did try some phones when Windows Phone 7 was out, but they sucked big time. That HP though, gosh looks amazing! My mouth is so watering to check it out in person. But I wished they used a metal build and not plastic...

31. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yup, it totally made the most out of continuum, also front facing speaker is very nice :)

4. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

Smart move during a smart century. Don't give a dog meat to keep. Nor if you give a thief your money to keep don't be mad when he says, "you didn't give any money". If you want to peep at what they are doing, keep them within your reach.

26. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

They probably gave them Windows Phones so they aren't on their phones and actually do police work. I mean what else can you do with a WP besides take pictures.

27. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

There's 100s of 1000s of things you can do via the Store...still missing 100s of 1000s of other things compared to the Play Store.

32. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Traction? It's more about $$$... iPhones cost much more than s**tty windows phones

33. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

34. Plutonium239

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

No, its also about security, Windows Phones are much more secure than IOS or Android.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Good to see microsoft isn't losing money with windows phone.

17. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Really good to hear Apple will plumet. Lol.

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Give it a rest already mate, we all know you don't like Apple and i'm tired of reading about it. I'm just going to quit reading your comments because all they ever have in them is HATE about something. Don't be sad when you post a legitimate opinion and don't get a real reply.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would simply say just start reporting his posts as spam

21. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

How is this spam. If I'm happy and dislike Apple, my thoughts and voice of opinion is spam? Wtf. And look at you, you go violent when someone hates and trolls Wp and Microsoft. Hypocrite.

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Violent? You ok...do you need me to hand you my new S7 and show me where the bad man touched your phone? I don't think you know what 'violent' means. Notice how you used 'troll', which is simply spam. Yes because our most recent posts have been so violent...while others have called you out just recently for name calling etc etc etc.

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

LOL. Sounds like a good plan. Wouldn't want any of the cop phones getting stolen. I think even thrives pass right on by Windows Phones.

10. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

They have an activation lock system set up that even devs aren't even working on cracking, so this would be perfect haha

23. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Cracking? If a hacker even even knows how to hack a windows device. What would it differ if the hacker knows how to bypass activation lock system?

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Awww, that's gotta suck for them haha

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

A good win for Microsoft.

12. Boybawang

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

and Big Apple doesn't have anything to do with the Apple Inc.

18. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

All over the world governments will be replacing Apple for Android and Windows. Bad news for Apple. Lmao.

22. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

How can you be sure that all of them will replace their apple device with an android or a windows phone? You don't have any proof yet!

24. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Exactly, it's not like all of these officers are there to protect Apple iPhone. Fun fact, Apple tried to sue the city of New York because they put an apple on their logo and Apple wanted them to remove it. The court sided with the city of New York since it has been known as the Big Apple since long before Apple came into being. But it does show how stupidly oppressive Apple can be over anyone else using the image of an apple in their advertising.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22086; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice! Kudos to Microsoft for gaining this contract with the NYPD! Would be awesome if the Windows smartphones that they'll be getting is the HP Elite X3. That's one beast of handset right there!

16. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

HP elite X3 is really a beast

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