NYPD (New York Police Department) is a law enforcement organization in New York, one of the oldest departments in the United States. It consists of more than ten departments covering various areas of maintaining order in the city. The police department has 55 thousand employees. Among them are not only professional but also civilians: 4,500 auxiliary police officers, 5,500 school security agents, 3,500 road safety agents, and many others (a total of almost 19,500 people). The municipal police appeared in 1845. The head office is located in Manhattan, close to City Hall.
Meaning and History
This law enforcement organization has come to replace the outdated night watch system. Until 1857, it was led by the mayor of New York until the metropolitan government supplanted him. Today, the NYPD is an expanded law enforcement structure and is dedicated to providing a wide range of professional services. These include the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, control of public transport, criminal investigations, patrolling ports, countering banditry, theft and robbery, emergency services, anti-terrorist operations, etc.
The most difficult period in the activities of the New York police was recorded in the 80-the 90s of the last century during the rampant crack epidemic. The first black officer in this department appeared in 1911, and the first female police officer in 1918. In 1992, the NYPD saw the largest protest related to one of the innovations. The union-sponsored the riot. However, the situation has returned to normal. In 1994, the local police introduced CompStat, a digital geographic crime tracking system. It is now widely used by other police departments in the United States and Canada.
All squads and uniformed police use a single identity mark, which is a registered brand. In total, two types of logos reflect the historical values of the American population.
1845 – 1971
The emblem originally depicted the silhouettes of two people holding a miniature shield over which a bird was flying. One of them was holding a whip in his hand. Underneath the bottom was the designation “Police” in large capital letters. The lettering was so large that it almost corresponded to the size of the people represented in the logo. For it, used a bold font with slight curvatures at the ends. At the top was a winding ribbon that said the City of New York. All elements were placed on a figured shield with a carved top, double edging, sharp protrusions at the top and bottom.
1971 – today
The current logo represents the police service and is also used as a uniform chevron and police badge. It is based on a triple-shield. The first is the largest background, with a yellow border around the edge. The second is the central one, which is part of the structure of basic elements, where the key signs of the city are located. The third is emblematic, in the hands of two people. On the right, it is held by an Indian (a representative of the indigenous population with a bow); on the left – a cowboy with a whip for chasing cattle. They are recognizable not only by their attributes but also by their hats: one has a roach, the other has a wide-brimmed hat.
The miniature shield depicts the wings of a windmill, and above it is a large bird—a white triangular stripe fences off the lower elements with five five-pointed stars in dark blue. Above are the two scales of the scales of justice. The background for everything in the middle is a carved figure, the edge of which resembles a maple leaf. All of this is housed in a light blue triangular shield. There are three inscriptions around it: “Police Department” (top), “City of” (on the left), “New York” (on the right). White letters appear distinct in dark blue space.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The identity of the NYPD not only reflects the type of activity of the service but also emphasizes its historical roots and ideological significance. The logo indicates that the city police are guarding order and protecting the population from potential threats of a different nature. The graphic symbol is based on the images of the indigenous representatives of the region.
The typeface used in the logo simultaneously resembles several types of fonts. So, it notes visual similarities with Bank Gothic, Industry Black, and Microgramma. The color scheme consists of two shades of yellow, white, and blue (dark and light).