NYPD Books: True Stories of America’s Most Famous Police Force

The New York City Police Department is one of the most famous police forces in the world. With a history that spans over two centuries, the NYPD has seen it all. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best books about the NYPD. These books offer a unique perspective on America’s most famous police force and are a must-read for anyone interested in law enforcement or New York City history.

1. “The New York City Police Department: A Comprehensive History” by Jay Wachtel

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the NYPD’s history from its inception to present day. It is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn more about America’s most famous police force.

2. “NYPD: A History of the New York City Police Department” by James L. Thomas

This book tells the story of the NYPD from its earliest days to the present. This book goes into great detail and looks at many of the key moments in the history of the NYPD.

3. “Manhattan South: The NYPD’s Central Park Precinct” by Christopher J. Dunn

This book tells the story of the NYPD’s Central Park precinct, which is responsible for policing one of the most famous parks in the world. This brilliant book really shows the day to day life of one of the most famous precincts in the NYPD.

4. “The New York City Police Department: An Illustrated History” by Thomas Reppetto

This book is a visual history of the NYPD, featuring over 200 photos of the department throughout its history. If you want to get a visual lesson into what the NYPD looked like through the century then this is the book for you.

5. ” NYPD: The Police of New York City” by Philip J. Parisi

This book tells the story of the NYPD from the perspective of its officers. If you want to know what it’s like to be a police officer in New York City, then this is the book for you.

6. ” Homicides in Harlem: The Turbulent Stories and Life of a New York City Detective” by Paul Merlino

This excellent anthology from debutant author Paul Merlino, details the story of NYPD Detective Walter Merlino, the author’s father. The book goes into incredible detail into the day to day work of a detective, showing off both the mundane and exciting aspects of this life.


These are just a few of the many excellent books written on the most storied police force in America. If you’re looking to learn more about the history and stories of the NYPD, check these books out today.

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