iPhones are always popular among criminals but it seems the NYPD likes Apple's shiny bauble too: It just released its own app for it. Because sometimes typing "http://www.nyc.gov/nypd" can be hard!

With the free NYPD app those curious about the city's police department can do everything they could already do on their phone using the department's website—just now with chunky graphics and less pinching and zooming. Submit tips (with pictures!), follow along on the NYPD's Facebook page, review crime statistics, watch NYPD crime videos (and their "Inside the NYPD" videos), review precinct maps and wanted posters, catch up on breaking news and even register to be recruited to the force. Its all there, ready for you to review the next time your subway goes above ground and lets the service in.

The app apparently dropped on December 30, 2012, and the Daily News says that "about 500 people have downloaded it, some from as far away as China, according to Christopher Apuzzo, website administrator for the NYPD." Judging by Gothamist readers' passion for the NYPD, we bet that number will be at least 1000 before the end of the day.

An Android version is currently in the works.