An old police academy in Gramercy Park has become the city’s newest Apple store — one that only 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. But there’s still a line out the door — of cops waiting for their department iPhones, the NYPD’s latest tool to combat crime in the digital age.
As the department switches over 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 i-ready to protect and serve, according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information and Technology Jessica Tisch.
“We’ve been giving out about 600 phones a day,” Tisch said during a recent visit to the rollout center at the old academy on E. 21st St.
“We’re seeing a lot of excitement.”
Citing better security and speed, the iPhones started popping up at local precincts just before Christmas.
Cops in the Bronx and Staten Island already received the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, depending on their screen-size preference.
Once every cop in Manhattan gets one, the rollout will go to Brooklyn, then Queens. The iPhones, much like their Nokia predecessors, 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 Police Officer Christopher Clampitt.
Clampitt, 29, joined the department in 2010, about four years before Mayor de Blasio and former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the NYPD’s $160 million initiative to put a smartphone in every cop’s hand.
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Source: Mobile Tech Today