the New York City Police Department


The New York City Police Department, officially the City of New York Police Department, is the largest municipal police force in the United States.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

The City of New York, often called New York City, New York, or simply The City, is the most populous city in the United States.

Municipal police are law enforcement agencies that are under the control of local government.



Established in 1845, the agency has primary responsibilities in law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City.

Law is a system of rules that are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior.

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The NYPD is one of the oldest police departments established in the U.S., tracing its roots back to the seventeenth century.


The NYPD has a broad array of specialized services, including the Emergency Service Unit, K9, harbor patrol, air support, bomb disposal, counter-terrorism, criminal intelligence, anti-gang, anti-organized crime, narcotics, public transportation and public housing; the New York City Transit Police and New York City Housing Authority Police Department were fully integrated into the NYPD in 1995.

A gang is a group of recurrently associating individuals or close friends or family with identifiable leadership and internal organization, identifying with or claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent or illegal behavior.

In military tactics, close air support is defined as air action by fixed or rotary-winged aircraft against hostile targets, that are in close proximity to friendly forces, and which requires detailed integration of each air mission with fire and movement of these forces.

Organized crime is a category of transnational, national, or local groupings of highly centralized enterprises run by criminals who intend to engage in illegal activity, most commonly for money and profit.


According to the department, its mission is to "enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment."


The department's regulations are compiled in title 38 of the New York City Rules.


In June 2004, there were about 40,000 sworn officers plus several thousand civilian employees; in June 2005, the number of officers dropped to 35,000.


As of December 2011, that figure increased slightly to over 36,600, helped by the graduation of a class of 1,500 from the New York City Police Academy.


The NYPD's current authorized uniformed strength is 34,450.


There are also approximately 4,500 Auxiliary Police Officers, 5,000 School Safety Agents, 2,300 Traffic Enforcement Agents, and 370 Traffic Enforcement Supervisors currently employed by the department.


The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association of the City of New York, the largest municipal police union in the United States, represents over 50,000 active and retired NYC police officers.


The NYPD Intelligence Division & Counter-Terrorism Bureau has officers stationed in 11 cities internationally.


In the 1990s the department developed a CompStat system of management which has also since been established in other cities.

CompStat—or COMPSTAT— is a combination of management, philosophy, and organizational management tools for police departments.


Members of the NYPD are frequently referred to by politicians, some media and their own police cars by the nickname New York's Finest.


The NYPD is headquartered at 1 Police Plaza, located on Park Row in Lower Manhattan across the street from City Hall.

Lower Manhattan, also known as Downtown Manhattan, is the southernmost part of Manhattan, the central borough for business, culture, and government in the City of New York, which itself originated at the southern tip of Manhattan Island in 1624.


NYPD has extensive crime scene investigation and laboratory resources, as well as units which assist with computer crime investigations.


The NYPD runs a "Real Time Crime Center", essentially a large search engine and data warehouse operated by detectives to assist officers in the field with their investigations.

A detective is an investigator, usually a member of a law enforcement agency.


A Domain Awareness System, a joint project of Microsoft and NYPD, links 6,000 closed-circuit television cameras, license plate readers, and other surveillance devices into an integrated system.

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services.

The Domain Awareness System is a surveillance system developed as part of Lower Manhattan Security Initiative in a partnership between the New York Police Department and Microsoft to monitor New York City.

A closed-circuit television camera can produce images or recordings for surveillance or other private purposes.


Due to its high-profile location in the largest city and media center in the United States, fictionalized versions of the NYPD and its officers have frequently been portrayed in novels, radio, television, motion pictures and video games.

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