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For the VCPD in the first GTA, see VCPD (2D Universe). For information about how the VCPD pursue the player, see Wanted Level in 3D Universe.

The Vice City Police Department (VCPD) is the main law enforcement force in Vice City, appearing in both Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Description

As Vice City is meant to mimic the city of Miami, the VCPD can easily be assumed to be based on the Miami-Dade Police Department. The Vice Squad members always arrive as two casually dressed unaided officers. These officers are meant to emulate Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs and various other characters from the 1980s television show Miami Vice, a drama focusing on undercover vice officers in Miami who disguise themselves as drug dealers in an attempt to access the underground crime scene in Miami. As in Grand Theft Auto III, the VCPD's reach in the city extends to the waters of the city and also the air.

Police Stations

There are police stations in each of four locations throughout Vice City: Little Havana, Downtown, Vice Point and Washington Beach.

Equipment

Vehicles

The VCPD's car of choice circa the 1980s are green and white Police/VCPD Cruisers that can be obtained from every police station, although they are occasionally locked (there are two at every station in GTA Vice City Stories, and one at every station in GTA Vice City Stories). The police car is very fast and light, prone to easy flipping and launching off the ground. However, it is extremely durable, making the VCPD a force to be reckoned with, except for under heavy gunfire. Before GTA Vice City was released, the livery[1] of the VCPD's vehicles more closely resembled that of the Miami Beach Police Department. In the final release, the VCPD sport the color scheme based on the green and white livery used by the Metro-Dade County Police Department up to the 1990s, with the door writing being carried over from the pre-release livery. In GTA Vice City Stories, officers also travel in VCPD WinterGreens but do not chase the player at a two-star wanted level. They are all black with red lights and one can always be found at every police station (except Washington Beach).

VCPD officers wear uniforms consisting of a dark tan shirt, brown pants, and gray shoes. These officers carry a nightstick and a pistol and they will do anything to take down criminals on sight. They commonly travel alone in their cruisers but travel in pairs when pursuing a player with a two-star wanted level or above. They are also seen walking a foot beat, often pursuing fleeing criminals.

Police officers of the Marine Unit patrol the waters around Vice City in Predators and will shoot the player using the Predator's machine guns if the player enters the waterways with a two-star wanted level. They are white on top and blue on the bottom, and can be found below the Links Bridge in Leaf Links in GTA Vice City, but in GTA Vice City Stories they can only be found patrolling the waters. At a three-star wanted level, the VCPD will begin to set up roadblocks and deploy Spike Strips. The VCPD Chief Commissioner in 1984 is called McGinley, as referenced by VNN. It is unknown if he still holds the position in 1986.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Weapons

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Branches

The VCPD also houses Vice City's Vice Squad, which appears at a three-star wanted level. Vice Squad members drive VCPD Cheetahs and are armed with Uzis and always travel in pairs. They are apparently headquartered at the Little Havana station, as a VCPD Cheetah can be found in the back in VC (not in original PS2 version), but in GTA Vice City the Cheetah is only found while pursuing the player at a three-star wanted level.

At the downtown station, a Police Maverick is stationed on the roof. These helicopters are deployed at a three-star wanted level and will shoot the player from the air using its machine gun under the fuselage. The helicopter is mainly green in GTA Vice City, but in GTA Vice City Stories, it is mainly tan.

Additionally, the Downtown station is home to Vice City's S.W.A.T. team, which appears at the four-star wanted level. These highly trained officers travel in fours in the fast and durable Enforcer, wielding SMGs. At a four-star wanted level, they will replace the police cruisers in roadblocks, while still appearing alongside the cruisers on the streets. When the player stays in one place at a four-star wanted level, S.W.A.T. officers will rappel down from the police helicopters. They are lethal to a player on-foot, even with armor, and can destroy a car in a matter of seconds. The Enforcer in GTA Vice CitY sports a green and white body color, while the GTA Vice City Stories rendition is black and white.

Escobar International Airport is home to the Vice City Transport Police building, although they do not appear in the games.

It is also hinted, according to the official Vice City website, that there is another branch of the VCPD, the Vice City Bureau of Investigation (VCBI), who are investigating Vice City's criminal underworld and the events that unfold during GTA Vice City. As seen through the window of their office, the VCBI is located somewhere along Ocean Drive in Vice City. It is unknown as to whether the VCBI is a separate entity of its own, or if it is a branch of the VCPD.

Named VCPD Employees

Name Unit in the department Known Year of Service
Colin Allcars Motorcycle Unit 1984
T.J. Sucker Patrol Unit 1984
Bob Bureau of Investigation 1986
Bruce Bureau of Investigation 1986
Officer Butts Vice Unit 1984
Officer Cracker Vice Unit 1984
The Specialist SWAT Team 1984
Jackson Radio Control 1986
Jones Patrol Unit 1986
Miller Patrol Unit 1986
P. Rowe Chief Security 1986
Pulaski Sergeant 1986

Prominent Mission Appearances

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Gallery

GTA Vice City

GTA Vice City Stories

Trivia

  • The police car from the Rockstar game Manhunt uses the Vice City police car model. [2]
  • Before GTA Vice City was released, there were going to be black officers as a second pedestrian, since they can be seen in some pre-release screenshots. In GTA Vice City Stories there are unused quotes for a 3rd officer, besides the usual motorcop/cop. [3]

References

  1. Policecar-GTAVC-beta-side

    The beta Police Cruiser.

  2. Carcer city Police Cruiser

    Manhunt police car model

  3. Unused dialogue can be heard here.

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