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[[caption-width-right:343:A batch of New York's Finest.]]


->''"You see this? Huh?! N.Y.P.D.! Means I'll [[FunWithAcronyms 'Nock - Yo']][[PunctuatedForEmphasis - Punk-ass - Down]]!"''
-->-- '''Officer James D. Edwards III''' (later Agent J), ''Film/MenInBlack''


New York's Finest are, in [[RealLife reality]], plenty competent, with a few exceptions. In fiction, however, the NYPD are usually portrayed as gritty dudes more than willing to [[CowboyCop bend a few rules]] to get what they want, not particularly interested in the particulars.

This is rooted in some historical truth. Throughout the 19th century, parts of New York (most famously the Five Points neighborhood in the Bowery) were damn near lawless. To contend with the territorial packs of criminality, the NYPD (modern policing was still a new idea, believe it or not) learned to function as, in essence, a very organized street gang. But, you know, for justice. Cops began to stake out turf, walking around in groups of three or more, and generally being as intimidating as possible. These practices are now common with law enforcement in every major American city. Nonetheless, broad swaths of New York City [[TheBigRottenApple remained unpoliceable well into the 1980s]].

Until recently, New York City had a number of separate police agencies. [[Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree Transit Police]], Library Police, even the Sanitation Department had their own Garbage Police! These have all been merged into (or back into, in the case of the Transit Police, who originally were part of the NYPD until about 1948) the NYPD.

Another major leap in this trend of localization began in 1994, under Mayor Giuliani. His plan granted more power to individual precincts to make localized decisions, harsh punishment for relatively minor infractions like public urination and graffiti tagging, and what some have claimed amounts to ''de facto'' racial profiling. These and other less political factors contributed to a significant drop in criminal activity (at least on paper) and, more recently, to the lowest violent crime rate of any major city in the United States. It also led to an increase in allegations of civil rights abuses and [[PoliceBrutality misconduct]].

[[TheWarOnTerror Since September 11th]] (when the NYPD lost 23 officers), extra [[CrazyPrepared equipment]] has been added to the patrol officer's belt, including a gas mask. Even reality-intensive portrayals of the NYPD may [[RealityIsUnrealistic neglect this detail]], as it looks completely ridiculous and clumsy -- and as told by many cops forced to wear the stuff, it ''is''. In addition, the NYPD now occasionally posts paramilitary troops (complete with body armor and assault rifles) outside major shopping locations, subway and rail stations, and other potential terrorist targets. They also have had undercover officers sent along with the FBI and CIA, thanks to one of the chiefs being ex-CIA and interested in counter-terrorism.

A common accompanying character is the wise-cracking New York cop, perhaps best illustrated by the late Jerry Orbach's Lennie Briscoe in ''Series/LawAndOrder''.
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'''Examples:'''

The NYPD turns up a lot in fiction set in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity (indeed, the NYPD even has a dedicated Film Division just to assist in live action works), so we'll just limit ourselves to stuff where they are the stars. Expect many of these to be set in the "12th Precinct", which if it really existed would place the show in Lower Manhattan.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{FAKE}}'': Is about two detectives in the fictional 27th precinct.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}''
* Virtually every single Marvel Comics title. The {{Red Shirt}}s of the Marvel Universe. The NYPD has such a high casualty rate, it's a wonder that they get any new recruits.
** One notable exception to this is [[http://marvel.com/universe/Code:_Blue Code Blue]], a sort of SWAT-plus team fielded by the NYPD. They're good enough to handle middling villains from Thor's rogues' gallery, and actually backs up a SHIELD team and Thunderstrike on one occasion.
* In at least some incarnations, detective Jim Corrigan -- better known as the first alter-ego of [[TheSpectre The Spectre]] -- is a part of the NYPD.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''BigBusiness''
* ''Film/BlackRain''
* ''BlueSteel''
* ''Film/TheBoneCollector''
* ''Film/BrooklynsFinest''
* ''Film/CityByTheSea''
* ''Film/CopLand''
* ''Film/TheCorruptor''
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': Gotham PD appears to be based on them. The uniforms, badges, patches, and cruisers look very similar.
* ''Film/DieHard''
** ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance''
** ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard''
* ''Film/FortApacheTheBronx''
* ''Film/TheFrenchConnection''
** ''French Connection II''
* One of Jason's victims in ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan'' was a cop who tried to help the protagonists.
* ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat''
* ''Film/GangsOfNewYork''
* ''Film/TheHardWay''
* ''Film/InsideMan''
* ''Film/LittleNicky''
* Matt Cordell of ''Film/ManiacCop'' films is a former one.
* ''Film/MenInBlack''
-->"N-Y-P-D means I will kNock Your Punk-ass Down!"
* ''Film/MoneyTrain''
* ''Film/TheNakedCity''
* ''Film/OneGoodCop''
* ''Film/PrinceOfTheCity''
* ''[[Literature/QAndA Q&A]]''
* ''Film/{{Ransom}}''
* ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx''
* ''Film/{{Serpico}}''
* ''Film/TheSevenUps''
* ''Film/SgtKabukimanNYPD.''
* ''Film/{{Shaft}}''
* ''Film/SummerOfSam''
* ''Film/{{SuperFly}}''
* ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree''
* ''{{Film/Taxi}}''
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''
* ''Film/TheWarriors''
* ''Film/WeOwnTheNight''
* ''Film/WorldTradeCenter''

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Literature/AgentPendergast
* Literature/TheSection13CaseFiles
* The Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct operates in a NoCommunitiesWereHarmed equivalent of NYC.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

The 2014-15 US broadcast season is scheduled to feature at least ''seven'' shows with the NYPD in a major capacity... that's ''not'' including the summer shows.

* ''Series/BarneyMiller'': Widely regarded by actual law enforcement, then and now, as the series that best depicts the reality of police life: a lot of paperwork, strange victims/suspects in the squadroom, with occasional rather than frequent actual violence.
* ''Series/BlueBloods'': Every male member of the titular Reagan family serves in the NYPD, with Grandpa Henry and ThePatriarch Frank as retired and current police commissioners, respectively.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine''
* ''Series/BrooklynSouth''
* ''Series/CagneyAndLacey''
* ''Series/Car54WhereAreYou''
* ''Series/{{Castle}}''
* ''Series/{{Copper}}''
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}''
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}''
* ''Series/TheJob''
* ''Series/{{Kojak}}''
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury''
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2008}}'' (US version)
* ''[[Series/{{McCloud}} [=McCloud=]]]''
* ''Series/MiamiVice'' - One of the two leads is a former Bronx cop who winds up in Miami tracking down his brother's murderer.
* ''Series/NakedCity''
* ''Series/NewAmsterdam''
* ''Series/NewYorkUndercover''
* ''Series/{{NYC 22}}''
* ''[=NYPD=]''
* ''Series/NYPDBlue''
* ''Series/{{Tanked}}'' - Irwin 'The General' Raymer earned his nickname during his time in the [=NYPD=] at Coney Island.
* ''Series/ThirdWatch''
* ''Series/TrueBlue''
* ''Series/TheUnusuals''
* ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}''


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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/TheRollingStones' "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)":
-->The police in New York City\\
Chased a boy right through the park\\
In a case of mistaken identity\\
They put a bullet through his heart
* And then there's Music/TheStrokes'... "New York City Cops". Due to the fact that the song mocks their competence ("New York City cops/New York City cops/New York City cops/They ain't too smart"), it was replaced by "When It Started" from the American release of ''Is This It'' after the 9/11 (the album came out only less than a month and a half before).

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Theatre/DetectiveStory''

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve''
* ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' (''Indigo Prophecy'' in North America), being a murder mystery set in New York City, naturally features a lot of these, and two of the four player characters are investigators themselves. The beat cops do not wear typical NYPD uniformed, instead being costumed in some alternate universe blue and yellow fashion statement.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne''
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''. As the LCPD in any game featuring Liberty City.
* ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeNewYorkCity''
* The New York City faction in ''VideoGame/NeuroshimaHex'' has NYPD cops and SWAT Units. Notably, they can still go toe to toe with murderous machines, mutant supersoliders, well armed raider gangs and hardened post-apocalyptic survivors, making them BadassNormal without a doubt.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]


* The best friend of the WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}, Elisa Maza, is a NewYorkCity detective. Her father is a retired cop and her brother was a cop until Xanatos turned him into a MixAndMatchMan. They, as well as Elisa's conspiracy-obsessed partner Matt Bluestone and her boss Captain Chavez are all recurring characters. They largely don't follow the stereotypes, however.
* ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'' lives in New York, meaning Officer Dibble ''is'' a New York cop.

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