The New York Police Department has launched its first official app today. The NYPD app was designed to help facilitate the NYDP's mission 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."
That app seems to fulfill that goal by leaps and bounds. Not only does it allow citizens to easily access crime statistics, see Most Wanted lists, get precinct information and view rewards for information about past crimes, it also lets users submit anonymous tips about crimes they have witnessed.
The tip section asks users to enter the suspect's description including gender, race, appearance; the crime's description including what, where and when; and the vehicle description (if used) including make, model, color, year and license plate. It also allows you to choose a photo from your camera roll of take a photo right from the tip form.
I'm sure some users may be concerned whether their tips are truly anonymous, but if the NYPD's app were sending data back to the police that could identify the user of the app it would not have made it through Apple's approval process.
NYPD is a free download.