The New York Police Department

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Carlson Brebnor
Policing Society
Local Police Dept. NYPD The New York Police Department is the largest municipal police force in the United States. The primary responsibilities of the police force is to enforce the law and investigate crimes in the five boroughs. The New York Police Department is one of the oldest departments in the United States. There are approximately 34,500 uniformed police officers working within 76 precincts, 12 Transit Districts and 9 Housing Police Service Areas. There are over 300 units within the police department including, the K-9 unit, Aviation, Budgeting & Accounting, Crime Scene Unit, Detective Bureau, Electronics Section and many more. Each of these officers are offered special benefits for their services
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The citizens used this phrase to serve as gratitude towards the policemen for keeping the city peaceful and surviving the civil war draft riots in 1863. The flag of the police department consist of green and white stripes and 24 stars within a blue square. There are five green and stripes which represents the five boroughs of New York, the blue represents the police department and the 24 stars represent 23 towns and villages that formed together to create New York city. The 24th star represents the city itself. New York had its first taste of law enforcement in 1625. At this time New York was being called New Amsterdam. Their jobs were to settle disputes between the people and warn the colonists if a fire breaks out. About 240 years later, New York developed the first police department in the United States. Approximately 800 men followed the first chief of police, George W. Matsell. They wore an 8 pointed star badge to represent the first 8 members of the old watch during Dutch times. …show more content…
I chose this case because he was the first Police officer to stand up for what he believed in the court of law even though it was against another officer. His beliefs and values overpowered anything that he can get from following the norm of the police at the time. He was responsible for blowing the whistle on corruption in the NYPD during the early 1970s. Serpico served as a uniformed and ununiformed police officer from 1959 to 1971. He worked in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Harlem. He seen fellow police officers take bribes from criminals, which bothered him to the point that he told his superiors about the deeds. He gained distrust from his officers because of his hippie look and his refusal to take bribes from criminals. This act caused all corrupt police officers to hate him to the point that during a drug raid, 4 police officers decided not to help him. Serpico was shot in the face and was yelling for help, but his comrades ignored him. An elderly neighbor called emergency services and told them a man was shot. He decided to stay with Serpico until help came. The shot in the face caused him to go deaf in his left ear and left bullet fragments lodged into his brain. In 1972, He finally got a chance to testify against the Knapp commission, becoming the first fellow police officer to voluntarily testify against another. A movie named Serpico starring Al Pacino as Frank

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