SC >4.5 million | NYC >8 million
Number of Businesses
SC 360,000 | NYC 944,000
Land Area (square miles)
SC 30,000 | NYC 302
Average Population Per Square Mile
SC 153 | NYC 27,000
The NYPD has nearly 40,000 police officers. To put this number in perspective, you would have to combine the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th largest police departments in the nation to match that number (Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Houston, respectively). Including NYPD, there are only about 900,000 law enforcement officers in the entire United States - that includes every city police department, county sheriff's office, and state and federal law enforcement agency. If NYPD were a military force, it would be among the largest 75 military forces in the world. Technically, NYPD would have a navy and air force too as they literally have a fleet of boats as well as a fleet of aircraft. To say that the NYPD is a union department would be an understatement. They actually have five unions. There is a police officers union, a detectives union, a sergeants union, a lieutenants union, and a captains union. In many ways the City of New York couldn't be more different than my home state, and in many ways the NYPD is unlike any other police department in the country. I can't imagine having the manpower to literally put an officer on every corner of an area the size of Time Square or to be able to deploy hundreds of officers to a last minute event. I can't imagine being able to deploy a SWAT team and divers on helicopters to a scene within minutes of notification.
NYPD provided demonstrations of several specialized units to include their Aviation Unit.
NYPD provided demonstrations of several specialized units to include their Mounted Patrol.
We were given a tour of NYPD headquarters, aka One Police Plaza.
Our tour included Comp Stat, the Joint Operations Center, and the Real Time Crime Center.
One of many NYPD officers I had the opportunity to meet on our trip.
A view of the city skyline from near Ellis Island.
The 9/11 Memorial
A room containing a badge representing every NYPD officer that has died in the line of duty,
On the bus with roommate Insp. Montes (CA), and suitemates Lt. Zimney (MI) and Lt. Clites (SD)
During dinner Saturday we had a surprise visit from the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe and Drums
As I type, I am on the eve of our next trip which will be hosted by the Philadelphia Police Department. We are approaching the half way mark of our time here and with the holidays, I am certain that the pace of things will be picking up. I plan to continue to take advantage of every opportunity and encounter. Until next time...