By Dave Caplan
The roots of the New York Police Department (NYPD) can be traced back to 1625 when the Dutch first started their Eight Man Night Watch to protect New Amsterdam. Today the NYPD consists of 34,500 uniformed officers and is the largest municipal police force in the United States.
Seventy-seven police stations called precincts are spread throughout the city in every neighborhood. Almost 9,000 of those world famous blue and white “cop cars” patrol the streets. An officer on horseback is still a familiar site in New York, especially in Times Square.
Horses aren’t the only animals helping the NYPD. The K-9 unit has 31 German Shepherds and 3 Bloodhounds sniffing out crime.
A world leader in law enforcement the NYPD also specializes in bomb disposal; counter terrorism, anti-gang and anti organized crime and narcotics. They also have units that ride the subways and police the streets in the cities with many public housing developments.
On September, 11, 2001 the NYPD along with the New York Fire Department made the ultimate sacrifice to save those they swore to protect, twenty – three uniformed officers of the NYPD died doing their job.
If you want to learn more about the NYPD jump on one of our beautiful New York Water Taxis at Pier 79 in Midtown and cruise in style down to Pier 11 at Wall Street. A few blocks up Wall Street, on the left, is the New York Police Department Museum where you can trace the history of New York’s Finest.
New York City would not be the same without those familiar blue clad ladies and gentlemen of the NYPD on our city’s streets.
Last week’s trivia answer- Down underneath the Manhattan Bridge overpass
Last week’s mystery photo -The Sphere at Battery Park (Pulled from the ruins of the original World Trade Center site)
Trivia question- Where did the Brooklyn Dodgers play?
This weeks Mystery Photo: