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New York City Police Department
Common name New York Police Department
Abbreviation NYPD
Motto Fidelis ad Mortem
Faithful till Death
Agency overview
Formed 1845
Preceding agency
  • Municipal Police
Annual budget $3.9 Billion
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction New York, New York, United States
Map of New York Highlighting New York City.svg
Map of New York City Police Department's jurisdiction
Size 468.9 square miles
Population 8,274,527
Legal jurisdiction New York City
General nature
  • Local civilian police
Operational structure
Headquarters One Police Plaza
Police Officers 37,838 (2008)
Auxiliary Police Officers

School Safety Agents
4,500 (2008)

5,000 (2008)
Police Commissioner responsible
  • William J. Bratton
Agency executive
  • James P. O'Neil, Chief of Department
Commands 76 Precincts
12 Transit Districts
9 Housing Police Service Areas
Police cars 3000+
Police boats 27
Helicopters 7
Horses 120
Dogs 31 German Shepherds
3 Bloodhounds

The New York City Police Department (NYPD), started in 1844, is the largest police force in the United States,. It is the police force that serves the five boroughs of New York City. The NYPD was one of the first "modern" style police departments in the United States with the Boston Police Department. The NYPD uses a color of the day to allow uniformed officers to recognize undercover officers to prevent accidental shootings.

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