The New York Police Department isn’t new to utilizing digital media to fight crime, often using Facebook and Twitter to announce latest crimes. Now, it’s extending its social media service with a dedicated mobile app.
The app is simply called ‘NYPD’ and focuses on being easy to use. It was quietly launched last year on 30 December, and so far, 500 people have downloaded the free app.
Users can discover most-wanted criminals, and recent crimes and disputes that were reported on particular subway lines, neighborhoods, and larger areas. The app aims to provide up-to-date information for safety-conscious New Yorkers.
The NYPD mobile tool also provides contact details for each police precinct, and a look inside what it’s like to work in one of the busiest law enforcement offices.
Christopher Apuzzo, website administrator for the NYPD, commented that, “Obviously, the world is moving toward more and more mobility. We wanted to have all this information readily available… in a timely way.”
The app can be downloaded on the iTunes Store and an Android version is expected to come out later this year.