The City of New York Police Department, commonly the New York City Police Department (NYPD or NYCPD), is the largest municipal police force in the United States, with legal jurisdiction in New York City.


It was found in 1845, after a Municipal Police Act was approved in 1843 and signed by the governor William C. Bouck on May 7, 1844. The new law abolished the nightwatch system and established a semimilitary “Day and Night Police” closely modeled on London Metropolitan Police.[1]

Today, the NYPD has a broad array of specialized services, including the Emergency Service Unit, canine, 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.

In 2013, the number of its employees was 49,526 (34,822 officers and 14,704 civilians).[2]

NYPD in Suits

In episode “Bail Out” unnamed beat cop (played by Jeff Teravainen) investigates the traffic accident involving Rahim Benghazi (“Ray”), Harvey's personal driver, and cab driver Harry. Later Mike uses quick talk with two NYPD officers (one of them, the white one, played by Christopher Stadulis) on path to distract two gangsters pursuing him in order to get his friend Trevor Evans.[3]

In episode “Dog Fight”, NYPD homicide detective Packel played important role in appeal trial of New York v. Clifford Danner, when he helped Harvey and Mike to get Matt Bailey testify about Jason Black, who according to DNA analysis of victim's clothes actually committed murder.[4]

Notable employees


  1. Burrows, E. G. and Wallace, M. (1998) Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0195116348, p. 638
  2. FBI. Table 78, New York Full-time Law Enforcement Employees by City, 2013. [XML] Accessed 24 January 2015.
  3. Bail Out (July 21 2011). Season 1, Episode 5.
  4. Dog Fight (September 8 2011). Season 1, Episode 12.

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