In Sign of Times, City Police Officers Rely on Cell Phones

By ELIZABETH SOLOMONT, Special to the New York Sun

When a Queens woman reported her car stolen earlier this year, the responding officers arrived at her Astoria home and located the vehicle at a local tow lot within minutes. Not by talking to eyewitnesses, or using their police radio to broadcast an all points bulletin - but by using their personal cell phones.

"They found the car within five minutes," Kate Finley, 23, said. "I don't know how long it would have taken otherwise."

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