NYPD Introduces New Citizen-Like App with Crime Report Button

This new NYPD app is ready to push some buttons.

The Big Apple’s top cop on Wednesday unveiled a new citizen-like app that lets people report crimes — and even compliment a cop — with a tap of the screen.

Because what could go wrong?

“This is a new era in policing,” Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at the department’s annual State of the NYPD address. “[The] Technology will promote and enhance public safety and advance neighborhood policing.”

the step forward app, currently in development will allow users to “compliment” a police officer, “chat about safety concerns in the community” and link to the NYPD’s social media pages.

The app also allows New Yorkers to receive location-based safety alerts, as well as access crime statistics in their neighborhood, get accident reports, and find borough assembly information.

Sewell showcased the innovative law enforcement technology while also announcing that the department will soon also be hosting community councils focused on crime data, known as Compstat.

At the meetings, neighbors can make suggestions to officers on how crime-plagued or dangerous areas can be repaired.

“It’s very exciting,” she said. “We think the communities we serve have their own ideas about what’s happening [on the street],” She said.


Presentation of the NYPD app
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell introduced the department’s new crime-fighting app.
Tina Moore/New York Post

app interface
The NYPD’s Step Forward app allows users to report crimes.
Tina Moore/New York Post

“This is your opportunity to tell us what you need from your police department. So they’re actually going to be able to talk to us on Zoom and talk to us about conditions, traffic conditions or dangerous areas, things you want us to address.”

It wasn’t immediately clear when the app would launch or what specific crimes users would be able to report via smartphone.

https://nypost.com/2023/01/25/nypd-unveils-new-citizen-like-app-with-crime-reporting-button/ NYPD Introduces New Citizen-Like App with Crime Report Button

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