For the LCPD in the GTA IV era, see LCPD in GTA IV Era. For information about how the LCPD pursue the player, see Wanted Level in GTA III Era.
Games: GTA III
GTA Advance
GTA Liberty City Stories
Locations: Portland View, Torrington, Pike Creek Liberty City
Leader: Jim Ramirez (Police Chief ?-2001)
Type: Law Enforcement
Enemies: Claude, Mike, Toni Cipriani, Salvatore Leone, and Leone Family.
Affiliations: Yakuza, Roger C. Hole Miles O'Donovan SWAT FBI
Vehicles: Police car, Police Helicopter, Predator, Police Maverick
Weapons: Pistol and Nightstick
Members: Officer '69'
Ray Machowski
Leon McAffrey

The Liberty City Police Department (LCPD) in GTA III Era, established in 1869, 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.


The LCPD in GTA Liberty City Stories.

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.

The Liberty Tree contains several items that are related to the LCPD:

Police stations

Liberty City Police Department has three police stations and headquarters operating throughout the city.

Portland Station

The first police station is located in the district Portland View in Portland, from a small building with a parking lot surrounding the building. Practically the station is called Portland station or Portland Police (as the name of the island) for better control as already mentioned, however there is a report of the Liberty Tree which mentions the station with Trenton Police, indicating the crime on the island.

LCPD Headquarters

The Liberty City Police Headquarters or Staunton LCPD Headquarters is a big building, located on Torrington in Staunton Island. Unlike the stations in Portland and Shoreside Vale, this is bigger and more luxurious.

Shoreside Station

The Shoreside station is located on Pike Creek in Shoreside Vale. The station building is not very large, since it is identical to the Portland Police Station. At the back, are the cells and police cells. In GTA: LCS, inside the station is visible on a mission. The building has a rear garage for some cars. In the front, a small park where there is always a patrol.


All police officers are equipped with dispatch radios to collect information about the player's whereabouts.


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 off of an M1911, and the Glock 17 in Liberty City Stories. In GTA Liberty City Stories, they also carry Nightsticks. The SWAT division's standard weapon is the Micro-Uzi in GTA III and GTA Advance, and the Micro-SMG in GTA Liberty City Stories. The only part of any GTA III Era game where the LCPD uses any different weapons are in the GTA III missions, Silence the Sneak, Decoy, and Plaster Blaster where they use AK-47s, Shotguns, and an M16, respectively; in the Liberty City Stories mission, The Guns of Leone, they use MP5s, similar to the FBI and Army.


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 (although in reality, they never use Predators to chase the player, unlike the Vice City Police Department). 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.

GTA Advance
GTA Liberty City Stories


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, and the police cars and Enforcer can still be modded to revert back to the original blue-and-white color scheme by modifying the carcols.dat file. 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.[1]

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.



  • The LCPD in GTA III never tries to stop crime unless the player is personally involved.
  • Though the logo is rather pixelated, it is identical to the real-life New York Police Department logo.

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