What began as a trial program in 2014 for the New York City Police Department to offer a few officers Windows Phones has now been expanded to the majority of cops on the force. The NYPD says that over 25,000 officers are now using the phones, and that all 36,000 of them will have such a device "within weeks".

NYPD smartphone

According to NY 1, the NYPD has already seen a lot of work being done with these phones, which appear to be Lumia 640 XL models, by officers:

"Police say on this past Monday alone cops looked at 2,000 wanted flyers, conducted 36,000 database searches and reviewed information about 29,000 911 calls on their phones."

The phones also have some custom apps that include a universal search of all NYPD department databases and some state and federal databases which can be helpful in many situations

For example, 73rd precinct cops received alerts from the new high-tech shot-spotter system that eight shots had been fired near 409 Saratoga Avenue. When they searched the building's roof, they found bullet casings. Using their phones again, cops discovered a woman in the building had an outstanding arrest warrant. They got a search warrant over their phones for her apartment, where they found two guns, and made three arrests.

Source: NY 1; Via: WinBeta