We've already seen the New York Police Department deploy Windows Phones to officers here in the U.S., and now it looks like a German police department is ready to give them a shot as well. The police of Saarland are now part of a pilot program to test Windows Phones and Surface tablets to reduce errors in recording traffic accidents, Microsoft Germany has announced (via Dr. Windows).

German police testing Windows Phones and Surface tablets to document traffic accidents

From Microsoft (translated from German):

To relieve its forces and to reduce errors in the recording of minor accidents, uses the Police of Saarland as a nationwide pioneer now in a test project Windows smartphones and Microsoft Surface tablets. Microsoft is among the supporters of the project " Mobile traffic accident recording to the police of the Saarland ", in which since September over a third of crashes are recorded digitally within the jurisdiction of the police station Saarlouis.

Using Windows Phones and Surface tablets, the police involved are able to more easily and accurately record accidents with digital images and notes. According to Microsoft, police officers have shown a positive response to the pilot program, and in early results, the program itself has been shown to shorten the period of congestion after a traffic accident by a noticeable amount.

If you're curious about which Windows Phones are being used by the police, it's not entirely clear from Microsoft's blog post. However, German blog Dr. Windows speculates that the department is using the HP Elite x3 based off of a photo.