VCPD in GTA III Era
- For information about how the VCPD pursue the player, see Wanted Level in GTA III Era.
The Vice City Police Department (VCPD) is the main law enforcement entity in Vice City, appearing in both Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. There are police stations in each of four locations throughout Vice City: Little Havana, Downtown, Vice Point and Washington Beach.
The VCPD are meant to resemble the real life Miami-Dade Police Department. Their cars are green and white and can be obtained from every police station, although they are occasionally locked (there are two at every station in VC, and one at every station in VCS). The VCPD Cruiser 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. VCPD officers wear uniforms consisting of a tan military shirt, brown pants, and black shoes. These officers carry a nightstick and a pistol and they will do anything take down criminals on sight. They commonly travel alone in their crusiers, but travel in pairs when pursuing a player with a 2-star wanted level or above. They are also seen walking a foot beat, often pursuing fleeing criminals. In Vice City Stories, officers also travel in VCPD Wintergreens, but do not chase the player at a 2-star wanted level. They are all black with red lights and there is one at every police station (except Washington Beach). 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 2-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 VC, but in VCS they can only be found patrolling the waters). At 3-stars, 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 is still holds the position in 1986.
The VCPD also houses Vice City's Vice Squad, which appears at the 3-star wanted level. Vice Squad members drive VCPD Cheetahs. They are armed with micro-SMGs and always travel in pairs. They are headquartered at the Little Havana station, as a VCPD Cheetah can be found in the back (in VC, but in VCS the Cheetah is only found while pursuing the player at a 3-star wanted level). At the Washington Beach and Downtown stations, Police Mavericks are stationed on the roofs. These helicopters are deployed at a 3-star wanted level and will shoot the player from the air using its machine gun under the fuselage. The helicopter is mainly tan in VCS, but in VC, it is mainly green. Additionally, the Downtown station is home to Vice City's S.W.A.T. team, which appears at the 4-star wanted level. These highly trained officers travel in fours in the fast and durable Enforcer, wielding SMGs. At a 4-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 4-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 turn a perfectly good automobile into a flaming and exploding death-trap in seconds with their heavy gunfire. The Enforcer is mainly black in VCS, but in VC, it is mainly green. The Enforcer can be found in the back of the Downtown station in VCS, in VC on station in Vice Point (PC version only).
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 it's 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|
- Upon reaching three-star wanted level, Uzi-carrying vice squad members will pursue you in VCPD Cheetahs. These Vice City Vice Squad members always arrive as two unaided officers, dressed casually, but tastefully. These two gun-toting playboys are meant to emulate Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs from 80's television's Miami Vice, a drama focusing on well-dressed, seemingly overpaid vice officers in Miami, who drive expensive sports cars and live a life of luxury and adventure. They are slightly more dangerous than other officers, but they can still be killed otherwise.