New York at a glance
Population by race and Hispanic origin
Full-time law enforcement staff, New York City Police Department
- 34,018 Officers
- 16,065 Civilian staff
Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents
- 4.1 New York
- 2.3 National average, cities with 250,000+ population
- 2.2 National average
These figures reflect the New York City Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.
Recent equipment transfers
|Ship date||Item and National Stock Number (NSN)||Quantity||Acquisition value, each||Acquisition value, total||DEMIL code||DEMIL IC|
|1/18/2017||MINE RESISTANT VEHICLE
|1||1 @ $658,000.00||$658,000.00||C||1|
|3/9/2016||MINE RESISTANT VEHICLE
|1||1 @ $865,000.00||$865,000.00||C||1|
We identified 5 publicly reported settlements that resulted in policy changes and $947,767,500.00 in monetary compensation to victims.
A group of plaintiffs was awarded $750,000 on claims of injury caused by “sound cannons” during protests following the death of Eric Garner in 2014.
Under the settlement agreement in this excessive force case, the New York City Police Department also agreed to stop the use of the high-frequency “deterrent” or “alert” tone on its long-range acoustic devices, which the department has used in the past primarily to communicate with large crowds.
New settlement to prohibit NYPD from removing hijabs in police custody.
A settlement agreement prohibiting the New York Police Department from removing detainees’ hijabs while in police custody was reached on November 5, 2020, nearly two years after a lawsuit was filed in 2018.
The lawsuit may also have implications for police policies in Yonkers. The 2018 lawsuit claimed that it was illegal for the NYPD to remove religious attire for mugshots. Monetary settlements for the plaintiffs have yet to be reached.
Johanna Pagan-Alomar, a Bronx resident, will receive $1.25 million to resolve a lawsuit against the NYPD, stemming from a 2018 incident that left Pagan-Alomar without her left eye.
The Pagan-Alomar settlement represents only one of the multimillion-dollar settlements against the NYPD this year. In 2019, New York City spent more than $68 million in settlements in response to over 1,000 lawsuits.
In July 2021, the City of New York agreed to pay $567,500 to Tomas Medina, who had filed a complaint against the New York Police Department (NYPD) alleging that he was put in an illegal chokehold by an NYPD officer in 2018. The city will pay $562,500 and the officer will contribute $5,000 out of his own pocket.
The complaint, filed with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, alleged that former detective Fabio Nunez had placed Medina in a chokehold and tased him 13 times when responding to a noise complaint. At the time, choke holds had been banned by the police department. Since beginning as an officer, Nunez has been named in several lawsuits alleging excessive force and other forms of misconduct. After attempting to have the case dismissed, a district judge ruled that the city and NYPD officials could be held liable, leading the city to settle for $567,500.
|2010 - 2019||
Between 2010 and 2014, New York City spent $601.3 million on police misconduct cases, and spent nearly $270 million on police misconduct claims in fiscal years 2017 and 2018.
In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, New York City spent $601.3 million on police misconduct cases. In 2015, the city paid $5.9 million to the estate of Eric Garner, who died after being put in a police chokehold. Additionally, a report released by the New York City Comptroller’s Office disclosed that the city spent nearly $270 million to resolve police misconduct claims in fiscal years 2017 and 2018. A recent analysis of data published by the New York City Law Department, detailing information on civil actions alleging police misconduct, showed that in 2019 the city was responsible for over $68 million in payouts to resolve nearly 1,400 civil lawsuits filed against the department.