LCPD in GTA III Era
- For the LCPD in the GTA IV era, see LCPD in GTA IV Era. For information about how the LCPD pursuit the player, see Wanted Level in GTA III Era, or Wanted Level in GTA IV.
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 the same rendition of Liberty City.
Like GTA police departments based other renditions of cities based on New York City, the LCPD is evidently based on the New York Police Department (NYPD), sharing various characteristics with its real-life counterpart.
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:
- Portland View, Portland Island
- Torrington, Staunton Island (headquarters)
- Pike Creek, Shoreside Vale
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.
In the beta versions of GTA III, the LCPD had different appearances. Vehicles (the police car, and the Enforcer) had a blue-white color scheme. Officers originally had mustaches. And there was an army helicopter 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 from which the LCPD is based off of. Changes to the final designs may have been linked to the September 11 Attacks in 2001. However the beta depictions on the helicopters still exist in-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.
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.
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.
- LCPD (GTA3).jpg
Closeup of an LCPD officer circa 2001, GTA III.
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An early version of the Police Car, bearing the NYPD color scheme.
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Alongside of the Police Car, the LCPD themselves had a different design, altered before release.
An LCPD "Police" car, GTA III.
An LCPD Enforcer, GTA III.
- Police helicopter (GTA3) (side).jpg
An LCPD police helicopter, GTA III.
An LCPD Predator, GTA III.
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The Portland LCPD station in Portland View, GTA III.
- Staunton LCPD station (GTA3) (exterior).jpg
The Staunton LCPD station in Torrington, GTA III.
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An interior view of the bathroom of the Staunton LCPD station.
- Shoreside Vale LCPD station (GTA3) (exterior).jpg
The Shoreside Vale LCPD station in Pike Creek, GTA III.
GTA Liberty City Stories
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An LCPD officer circa 1998, GTA Liberty City Stories.
A "Police" car, GTA Liberty City Stories.
An LCPD Enforcer, GTA Liberty City Stories.
An LCPD Police Maverick, GTA Liberty City Stories.
An LCPD Predator, GTA Liberty City Stories.
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The Portland LCPD station in 1998, GTA Liberty City Stories.