The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is the police force tasked with protecting the area and the inhabitants of New York City.
Max Payne's chaseEdit
In 2001, the department is involved in a restless, 3-night pursuit of a fugitive and former officer Max Payne, who leaves heaps of killed mobsters behind him during his revenge-fueled vendetta run. The deputy chief Jim Bravura is personally leading his officers in the operation, once in a while issuing statements to the media (such as the NYNN). Payne finally gives himself up to the NYPD at the top of the Aesir Plaza skyscraper only after he finishes his quest of revenge.
The case of the CleanersEdit
A few years later, the department is taken by storm by a new spate of killings, this time done by a group of hitmen disguised as employees of the Squeaky Cleaning Company. Max Payne is once again in the center of the case - first, as a detective trying to solve it, and, later, as a suspected accomplice of the fugitive Mona Sax who is once again on a personal and rogue rampage mission against the criminal elements he considers his enemies. During these events, the police mostly arrive to clean up and investigate the scenes of shootouts after Max Payne has cleared them of any living culprits.
The department first gets involved in the case when some officers, led by Valerie Winterson, come to Max Payne's help at Annie Finn's warehouse. Payne was involved in a shootout with many armed cleaners who were now trying to make their escape. Some lawmen manage to fire a few rounds at the fleeing cleaner vans, but this does not stop them.
Officers are dispatched to aid Max when his apartment complex is assaulted by the Cleaner fighters, but the detective manages to neutralize the threat before any help shows up.
More NYPD men, this time again led by Winterson, arrest the murder suspect Mona Sax in the Upper East Side apartments.
When Sax is brought to one of the police stations of the department for processing, the building is soon stormed by the Cleaners looking to eliminate her. The criminals set off a bomb somewhere in the upper sections of the station to create a diversion whilst they themselves launch an attack from the underground garage. During the ensuing firefight in the holding cells area and the nearby garage, some officers, such as Petersburg, are shot dead. Sax escapes amidst the chaos. Max Payne repulses the assault and leaves the station to go after the perpetrators. His disappearance from the scene leads to him being suspected of aiding Sax in her escape, as a news agency soon reports.
Later that very night, Payne investigates the Castling construction site and finds a room filled with bodies of many victims of the Cleaners; he realises the scope of the evidence incriminating the hitmen and radios Mona Sax to call the police, but she declines, reminding him she is now a highly sought-after fugitive. Nevertheless, NYPD officers arrive at the site some time later and are able to find a mortally wounded Winterson and an injured Payne just as he falls into a pit. They call for an ambulance, which rushes both detectives to the Memorial hospital.
Lieutenant Jim Bravura gets shot and severely wounded by a Cleaner commando when he visits Max in the mentioned hospital.
The New York City Police Department's law enforcement officers are finally seen responding to the gun battle reports at Alfred Woden's manor. In the pouring rain, at the dark of night, they take their time gathering their forces and encircling the area in preparations to storm it. When they do, however, to their shock, all they find are heaps of rubble, which resulted from powerful explosions that rocked the manor, and many lifeless and scattered dead corpses; with the exception of one man - still alive and lying near a body of a deceased woman - Max Payne.
In Max Payne's dreamsEdit
Members of the NYPD and locations belonging to the Department appear in Max Payne's dreams.
In one of them, Payne finds himself in an interrogation room being questioned by Winterson and Bravura about his affiliation with Mona Sax. Without letting them get any answers, he suddenly grabs his pistol from the table and shoots them both. Later in the same dream, he appears facing a police road block set up in a street with Bravura and many officers shooting at him while he tries to run away from them.
When Max gets shot by Valerie Winterson, he has a nightmare where he explores a damaged, smoke-filled and burning police station. Bodies of officers are lying around him and are thrown into air by invisible explosions. Payne finds a shot and barely speaking Bravura who pleads with the detective to "finish the case" before losing his consciousness. Later, the lieutenant is seen on an operating table in front his office being resuscitated by invisible medics, including being injected with "hope" but finally being pronounced dead. The dream ends with Payne finding Mona Sax and Winterson aiming guns at each other near his desk when a phone rings and Vladimir Lem's voice is heard.
Finally, after getting shot in the head, Max Payne dreams of seeing his own murder scene: yellow tape stretched around a burned-out room with Bravura standing over his lifeless body.
- Jim Bravura (later: the lieutenant of Homicide)
- Max Payne - is a detective before his family is slain, after which he transfers to the Drug Enforcement Administration to build a case against valkyr traffickers but, after killing Nicole Horne, once again returns to the force as a Homicide detective.
- Valerie Winterson - one of the most trusted detectives. She works the murder case of Senator Gates but is a mole for Vladimir Lem.