Police Computer

In-game model of a police computer in a police car in GTA IV, a very visible sign that the vehicle supports player access to a police computer.

The police computer is an interactive computer found on board most law enforcement vehicles in Grand Theft Auto IV, two episodes, and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars that provides access to Vigilante-like side-missions and a small criminal database.


When the player is stationary in any police vehicle they can access the police computer by pressing the L1 button (PlayStation 3), the LB button (Xbox 360), or the E key (PC), allowing the player to search through a small database of criminals in Liberty City or call for backup. Only in GTA IV can the player search and hunt down most wanted criminals, and monitor and respond to recent crimes in the area through the police computer.

In GTA Chinatown Wars, the police computer's functionality is limited to only allowing the player to respond to crime on the island the player is in.

Supported vehicles

Although the police computer is assumed to be standard on all road-based law enforcement vehicles (except bikes), this is not the case as certain models do not come equipped with it; a significant number of law enforcement vehicles in GTA IV may also lack an actual police computer in their interior despite allowing the player to access one.

The following is a list comparing police computer access on all law enforcement vehicles since GTA IV:

Vehicle Introduced in Police computer model in interior Access to police computer
Police Cruiser GTA IV
Police Patrol GTA IV
Police Stockade GTA IV
Enforcer GTA IV
FIB Buffalo GTA IV
Police Cruiser (Buffalo) TBOGT
Police Cruiser (wreck) TBOGT
Police Stinger TBOGT
Police Patrol GTA Chinatown Wars n/a
NOOSE Enforcer GTA Chinatown Wars n/a
FIB Rancher GTA Chinatown Wars n/a