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The New York Police Department is pretty tech savvy for a government agency. Last fall, it launched a smartphone registration program to help track down stolen iPhones. And this month, it’s released its own iPhone application.

The app, which is simply titled ‘NYPD,’ sports a number of useful features for New York City residents including a photo gallery of wanted criminals, and breaking news. And you can even use it to submit anonymous crime tips…

From the App Store description:

Download the official app of the New York City Police Department. The mission of the New York City Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in New York City by working in partnership with the community and in accordance with constitutional rights to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment.

  • Wanted gallery
  • Submit a tip
  • Crime videos
  • Breaking news
  • NYPD on Facebook
  • Inside the NYPD videos
  • Precinct crime statistics
  • Precinct boundaries
  • Link to recruitment website

As you’d expect, NYPD’s UI is pretty bad, but the app still both easy-to-use and helpful. It offers contact numbers for several local emergency services and directions to the nearest police precent. It also offers breaking news via push notifications.

I have to admit, the app is kind of fun to play around —and I don’t even live in New York. There are photos, sketches and descriptions of wanted criminals, and a list of rewards offered to folks who help lead the NYPD to the arrest of criminals.

I think all major cities should have something like this.

If you want to try it out for yourself, you can find NYPD in the App Store, for your iPhone, for free.

  • WTF? Since when did a government start caring about it’s citizen’s stolen gadgets? That’s something we could make a use of across north America.

  • Metroview

    F*ck the police! Breaking the law breaking the law!

    • Dan

      Doubt you’ll say that when you get beaten half to death on a street corner for your iPhone… People bash the police but they sure are happy to have them around when it counts.

      • Metroview

        I assume you never listened to NWA nor watched Beavis & Butthead. I wasn’t serious you imbecile. But do what you do and take everything seriously on the internet.

      • Dan

        Seems you took it a bit personally yourself buddy.

        A bit hard to know when people are serious on the internet, on account of writing and all.

        Although having to resort to insults is a real sign of intelligence I’m sure.

      • Hyr3m

        You technically called him a hypocrite first…

      • Dan

        I guess it came out that way, my bad.

  • Alex

    Great app hopefully it will help the NYPD enforce laws more efficiently and encourage reporting crimes.

    However what about those people reporting false crimes?

  • Lobo555

    Gotta love NYC

  • iSnitch…lol

  • Hyr3m

    “Anonymous tip” from a unique phone ID linked to an account with your name on it… That’s a good one ^^

  • air naji

    Mayor Bloomberg blamed apple products for the spike in robberies this year. This is his answer to the people. An app. Well thanks again Bloomberg instead of building better infrastructure or offer more incentives to employers they produce an app. What do I know though I’m a construction worker who was unemployed for 2 years ;D

    • Hyr3m

      “more incentives to employers” ? It’s been proven time and time again that giving more money to the rich doesn’t increase the level of employment one bit and doesn’t make the little people happier…

  • Hank

    Crime Reporting is one thing, but where’s the help with lost and found? I prefer crowdfynd.