When municipal bodies launch efforts to become more tech-enabled, the results are often disappointing, and sometimes even humorously lackluster. But a new app released by the New York Police Department (NYPD) proves that city agencies are finally catching up and learning how to truly harness smartphone technology.
The NYPD app is a free tool for the iPhone that delivers an impressive array of features that any New Yorker can use to view wanted posters, submit tips about crimes, view videos of recent crime suspects under investigation, and read breaking news from the police department. All the information is regularly updated and submitting a tip is surprisingly easy. The app also contains maps detailing precinct boundaries and their associated addresses, crime statistics for every precinct, and even one-button interactive phone contacts for various crime and emergency services.
Don't let the relatively no-frills design fool you: this is one of the most comprehensive municipal apps you'll ever see. You can download the NYPD app here.