Metro Tech

Williamsburg Cop Teaches Himself Programming, Builds an App That Calculates Overtime

315723 264496040268377 227459490638699 878510 564570125 n Williamsburg Cop Teaches Himself Programming, Builds an App That Calculates Overtime

via Cop's Overtime Calculator

With entrepreneurial instincts like these, we fear Officer David Doxsee’s days on the NYPD are numbered.

After purchasing a new Android phone this summer, Mr. Doxsee was disappointed to discover that no one had invented an app to calculate overtime yet. So, like any startup founder, he built one himself . . . by watching YouTube videos on programming. “I looked at a couple of tutorials, and I got to work,” he said. “I picked it up pretty quick by only looking for things that I needed. I didn’t learn the entire coding language,” Mr. Doxsee tells the New York Post.

He must be a quicker learner, because he developed 99 cent apps for Android and iPhone in two weeks and now pockets 69 cents from every sale. Hipster Cop is already taken, but did we just find our first NYPD Brogrammer?

Mr. Doxsee also seems to understands market conditions. The release of the Cop’s Overtime Calculator app, which has been downloaded 1,500, mostly in New York, coincides with the tension around extra shifts to cover the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park and beyond that have set the NYPD back more than $7 million in overtime over in the past two months.
The app, which has its own Facebook fan page, also takes care of one particularly confusing element of overtime for NYPD officers–the fact that they can take it as either extra pay or time off.

“The math gets a little frustrating,” Doxsee said, adding that it’s common to see cops counting on their fingers at the station house when they fill out their overtime forms.

Quick, where is Zach Klein when you need him? Someone needs to get this guy a SkillShare scholarship. Just imagine what he could do after a “Learn How to Get Your First Million Users” class. Peter Thiel? Codcademy? Anyone?
Follow Nitasha Tiku on Twitter or via RSS. ntiku@observer.com

Comments

  1. This has nothing to do with making GIFs out of 90′s TV shows or making skateboard videos, so the tech community is not interested in this kind of creativity. KTHXBYE

  2. Johnny says:

    no app to calculate overtime? he obviously doesn’t know how to search. Keep track of the hours yourself punch in, punch out the app does the rest.

    http://hourstrackerapp.com it goes as far as telling you how much you’ll make after taxes, deduction, even breakdown per day, week, month, job and much more