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For the LCPD in the HD Universe, see Liberty City Police Department (HD Universe)

The Liberty City Police Department (LCPD) is the police department for Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Advance and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, which all share similar renditions of Liberty City.

Like GTA police departments are based on other renditions of cities and that Liberty City is based on New York City, the LCPD is evidently based on the New York Police Department (NYPD), sharing various characteristics with its counterpart.

Description

Equipment

In GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, LCPD officers wear uniforms consisting of a navy blue jacket over their uniform with their gold badge in the front and long navy blue pants. LCPD officers also have a navy blue cap with a gold cap badge on the front. LCPD stations can be found in the following places:

The LCPD's vehicle of choice tends to be the "Police", a generic squad car, and a police helicopter (which appears an unnamed and uncontrollable police helicopter in GTA III, and a Police Maverick in GTA Liberty City Stories), and the Predator for maritime pursuits. The SWAT branch operates Enforcers.

The livery of the police car varies between the three games. In GTA III and GTA Advance, police cars are depicted with a panda-like black and white color scheme, which looks similar to the LAPD livery. The police car in GTA Liberty City Stories, however, features a black body and white roof, with a pair of horizontal white strips. The GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories renditions feature "LCPD" and "Police" text on the sides, and the trunk and boot lids, respectively.

The standard weapon of the LCPD in all of the GTA III era games is the pistol, which in GTA III and GTA Advance is based on an M1911, and the Glock 17 in Liberty City Stories. Note that in some missions, they use different weapons: for example, some officers carry shotguns in GTA III's mission Decoy, and SMGs in Liberty City Stories' mission The Guns of Leone.

Development

In the beta versions of GTA III, the LCPD had a much different appearance. Vehicles (the police car, and the Enforcer) had a blue-white color scheme, based on the color scheme used by the NYPD during the 1990s. Officers originally had mustaches; there was also an army helicopter (which would eventually become the Hunter) that may have been used alongside of the LCPD in higher wanted levels.

The blue and white colors were reminiscent to that of the NYPD, which the LCPD is based on. Changes were made after the 9/11 attacks, likely out of respect for the emergency personnel who responded to the tragedy. However, the blue-white scheme on the helicopters is still used in the game. The beta LCPD still appears in the instruction manual of the original PS2 version. There is also an unused LCPD skin in the game files.

During the development of Liberty City Stories, the LCPD were originally going to use the baby-blue/white color scheme as well as the template used in the 1990s by the NYPD. However, at some point in development, the color scheme was changed back to black and white, but the template still remained.

Prominent LCPD members

There are three known police officers in the LCPD: Police chief Jim Ramirez, Leon McAffrey and Ray Machowski. They keep track on the criminal elements in Liberty City. In 1998 they were tracking Vincenzo Cilli, Toni Cipriani and Salvatore Leone. In 2001 they continued to track Toni and Salvatore, but also concentrated on Joey Leone and Luigi Goterelli along with investigating the gang problems in the city. The LCPD appears to be under funded by Mayor Miles O'Donovan, as they only received helicopters in April 2001.[1] This creates an inconsistency, as in Liberty City Stories (which takes place in 1998) the LCPD freely uses as many helicopters as necessary when chasing down the player.

Leon McAffrey was a corrupt police officer, who was involved in selling stories to Ned Burner of the Liberty Tree newspaper and in helping various gangs. The first can be seen on the GTA Liberty City Stories website, whereas the second can be seen during GTA Liberty City Stories (as he helps the Leone Family and the Uptown Yardies). An investigation was launched into the corruption within the LCPD, and McAffrey is placed under arrest.

Ray Machowski, another corrupt police officer, was straight but later became a corrupt officer under the influence of McAffrey. He began to work with the Yakuza, but in 2001, Leon McAffrey threatened to turn state evidence against him. He employed Claude to kill McAffrey and then assisted him in Ray's escape from the city.

Prominent Mission Appearences

Grand Theft Auto III

Note: Unlike other gang appearances, police almost appears in all missions of GTA 3 if player commits a crime during the mission. This is the mission appearance list for the police appearing without the player commiting a crime.

Grand Theft Auto Advance

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Gallery

GTA III


GTA Advance

GTA Liberty City Stories

Trivia

  • The logo for LCPD is an exact copy of the NYPD logo, except that it says "Liberty City" rather than "City of New York".
  • LCPD might have been originally called just LPD (Liberty Police Department), as evidenced in GTA III mission Payday for Ray, where Asuka refers to Ray as a 'friend in the LPD'.
  • In GTA III, the LCPD will only address crime in which the protagonist is personally involved in.
  • According to the Liberty City's Finest recruitment radio ads in GTA Liberty City Stories, new police recruits go through two weeks of training before becoming police officers.

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