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New York City Police Department From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The New York City Police Department (NYPD), which was established in 1845, is currently the largest police force in North America, with primary responsibilities in law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. The NYPD is considered to be one of the first "modern" style police departments in the United States along with the Boston, Massachusetts Metropolitan Police Department. The NYPD has a broad array of specialized services, including tactical operations, K-9, harbor patrol, air support, bomb disposal, counter-terrorism, intelligence, anti-gang, narcotics, public transportation, and public housing. NYPD has extensive crime scene investigation and laboratory resources, as well as units which assist with computer crime investigations. The NYPD's headquarters houses an anticrime computer network, essentially a large search engine and data warehouse operated by detectives to assist officers in the field with their investigations. According to the department, its mission is to "enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment."
The New York City Transit Police and Housing Police were fully integrated into the NYPD in 1995; some new police officers are randomly assigned to the Transit and Housing units. Members of the NYPD are frequently referred to by the nickname New York's Finest. The NYPD is headquartered at One Police Plaza located on Park Row across the street from City Hall.
The size of the force has fluctuated depending on crime rates politics and available funding. The overall trend however shows that the number of sworn officers is decreasing. In June 2004 there were about forty thousand sworn officers plus several thousand support staff.
In June 2005 that number dropped to thirty five thousand. As of November 2007 it had increased to slighly over thirty thousand with the graduation of several clases from the Police Academy.
The NYPD's current authorized uniformed strength is thirty seven thousand eight hundred and thirty eight. There are also an approximate four thousand five hundred Auxiliary Police Officers, five thousand School Safety Agents, two thousand three humdred Traffic Agents and three humdred seventy Traffic Agent Supervisors.
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