NYPD Officers Finally Get iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus, Ditching Strong Fleet Of 36,000 Windows Phones

You may remember that the NYPD announced last year that it would be ditching its existing 36,000 strong fleet of Windows Phones and replacing them with Apple’s iPhone, and it would seem that the force is doing exactly that.

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NYPD Rolls Out iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Handsets to Manhattan Officers, Replacing Windows Phones

The New York Police Department is making good on a promise made last year to dole out iPhone handsets to its officers, replacing around 36,000 Windows Phones as part of a new hardware upgrade strategy, reports the New York Daily News.

The NYPD has been rolling out hundreds of the phones since Christmas to Manhattan cops, who can choose between iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. The platform switch comes at no cost to the police department because the handsets are filed as upgrades under the agency’s contract with AT&T.

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“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.”

Police in the Bronx and Staten Island have already received their new phones, with officers in the Queens and Brooklyn boroughs next in line to make the switch to iOS.

Armed with Apple’s smartphones, the NYPD has seen its response times to critical crimes in progress drop by 14 percent, according to Tisch. The iPhones also allow cops to get videos and surveillance pictures of wanted suspects within minutes of a crime.

“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,” he said. “By the time the dispatcher puts out the job (on the radio) we’re already there.”

Before the rollout, NYPD’s smartphones of choice were Nokia’s Lumia 830 and Lumia 640 XL, released in October 2014 and March 2015 respectively. The discontinued devices run Windows Phone 8.1, which Microsoft ended support for in July 2017 to focus on its newer Windows 10 Mobile platform and cloud-based services.

In October 2014, New York City officials announced plans to roll out handheld devices to every NYPD officer for the first time ever, along with tablets for every patrol car. The $160 million initiative was part of a plan to bring the department into the 21st century.

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NYPD Seeks Help Identifying Thief Who Stole $58,000 Worth of iPhones

We’ve covered many incredibly devious iPhone thefts across the world, from California, to Massachusetts, to China; and now the New York Police Department has added its own massive iPhone heist to the growing list.

At an Apple retail store in Manhattan, the unidentified man acted as a “messenger,” relaying to one of the Apple store employees that he was there for a pickup.

The employee then handed over three large boxes, containing roughly 100 iPhone 7 devices worth approximately $ 58,000 USD.

The man fled the scene “in a white Ford van with unknown license plates” according to the Associated Press.

A video of the incident was released by the NYPD, and again has asked the public for help to identify and ultimately catch the criminal.

According to the New York Post it could’ve been an inside job. “Police…believe the suspect had prior knowledge of the way pick-ups are handled at the store. The man is described as bald, 5-foot-10 tall, approximately 195 pounds and 45 to 55 years old.” See the surveillance video below.

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