Gotham City Police Department
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|Gotham City Police Department|
Cover to Gotham Central #1. Art by Michael Lark.
|Created by||Bob Kane|
|Type of organization||Law enforcement agency|
|Leader(s)||James Gordon (Police Commissioner)
Major Crimes Unit
- 1 History of GCPD
- 2 Current status of GCPD
- 3 Divisions of GCPD
- 4 Current roster
- 5 Former members
- 6 Commissioners
- 7 Gotham City FBI
- 8 In other media
- 8.1 Live Action TV
- 8.2 Live Action Serials & Movies
- 8.3 Animated Versions
- 8.4 Batman: Gotham Knight
- 8.5 The Batman
- 8.6 Beware the Batman
- 9 Alternate officers of the law
- 9.1 Batman (1960s TV show)
- 9.2 Batman (1989 film)
- 9.3 Birds of Prey (TV series from 2002–2003)
- 9.4 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003 direct-to-video animated film)
- 9.5 The Batman (TV series from 2004–2008)
- 9.6 The Dark Knight (2008 film)
- 9.7 The Dark Knight Rises (2012 film)
- 9.8 Beware the Batman (2013-Present)
- 10 See also
- 11 References
History of GCPD
Acting as both ally and opponent of Batman, the superhero long-established in Gotham, the GCPD has long been steeped in corruption, with numerous officers both high-and-low ranking involved in bribery and even more serious offenses such as drug-trafficking and murder.
The strongest blow against police corruption came when an increasing amount of conspiracy charges against Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb forced him to resign his position, replaced by Peter Grogan. The Falcone crime family, which has had a stranglehold on Gotham's underground for generations, finally crumbled when a series of killings shook the structure of the mafia organization. After the death of Carmine Falcone, the mob lashed out in sloppy, retaliatory crimes which, in combination with rising gang violence, severely crippled organized crime in Gotham City. Simultaneously, the ebbing presence of corrupt police officers allowed James Gordon to become the new commissioner, a man determined to eradicate crime wherever it existed.
The GCPD has had a long love-hate relationship with the city's vigilante known as Batman. Commissioner Gordon went along with him because Batman got the job done. His successor, Commissioner Michael Akins ordered the arrest of Batman and had the Bat-signal removed from the roof of Gotham Central. Corruption and rot within the police department also rose during Akins' tenure as Commissioner.
Current status of GCPD
As of DC's One Year Later, James Gordon has been reinstated as Commissioner, along with Harvey Bullock. Harvey came back on disciplinary probation after helping expose a criminal drug ring. Relations with Batman, including the Bat-Signal, have been established once more. Other characters from Gotham Central have appeared in the recent Tales of the Unexpected miniseries, featuring Crispus Allen as the Spectre. Thus far, Detective Driver has appeared in a speaking role. It is unknown what has happened to Commissioner Akins, but it is implied that, following revelations of massive corruption within the department, there has been a drastic cleaning-of-house within the department.
Kate Kane referred to Akins as police commissioner in the weekly 52 series, which reveals the events of the missing year. A later issue, however, showed a brief snapshot of Commissioner Gordon's welcome back party. The circumstances of Akins's departure and Gordon's reinstatement have yet to be explained. Maggie Sawyer is still the commander of the MCU department, and has ended her relationship with former lover Toby Raines.
Divisions of GCPD
- Homicide Division: The division that handles murders and some of the more serious non-metahuman crimes in Gotham. This is the division Gordon was a part of before becoming commissioner. Former private investigator Jason Bard is now working on homicide cases for this division.
- Major Crimes Unit: Led by Capt. Maggie Sawyer, who previously served in Metropolis in a similar position with that city's police, the MCU deals with the most serious crimes, often involving supervillains or politically sensitive cases. This division is the focus of the comic book series Gotham Central.
- Quick Response Team: Led by Lt. Gerard "Jerry" Hennelly, the QRT is the GCPD's SWAT unit.
|James Gordon||Police Commissioner||Highest-ranking official in the G.C.P.D.||Detective Comics||Formerly a Police Detective,
Lieutenant then Captain.
|Mackenzie "Hardback" Bock||Chief of Police||Former head of O.C.C.B.
(Organized Crime Control Bureau)
|Carlos Alvarez||Police Detective
|Lieutenant Bilbao||Police Lieutenant||Batman and Robin comics|
|Gerard "Jerry" Hennelly||Police Lieutenant||Head of the Quick Response Team
(G.C.P.D.'s renamed S.W.A.T. team)
|Took over the role from
|Donald Peak||Police Officer||Gotham Central comics||Former partner of Andy Kelly.|
|Rebecca Mulcahey||Police Officer (Corrupt)||Gotham Central comics||Lover of Jim Corrigan.|
|Officer Xue||Police Officer||Red Robin comics|
|Nora Fields||Supervisor of Gotham City's Coroner's Office||Gotham Central comics||Widow of Charlie Fields.|
|Stacy||Secretary||Administrative Secretary to Commissioner
|Gotham Central comics||Civilian employee.|
Major Crimes Unit
|Margaret "Maggie" Sawyer||Captain, Major Crimes Unit||Head of the
Major Crimes Unit
|Gotham Central comics||Commander of the first (day) shift.|
|David Cornwell||Police Lieutenant, Major Crimes Unit||Second in
command of the
Major Crimes Unit
|Gotham Central comics||Commander of the second (night) shift, successor of deceased Lt. Probson.|
|Josh Azeveda||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Trey Hartley.|
|Joely "Joe" Bartlett||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Vincent Del Arrazzio.|
|Harvey Bullock||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Detective Comics||Restored to duty under severe scrutiny.|
|Thomas "Tommy" Burke||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Dagmar Procjnow.|
|Romy Chandler||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Takahata.|
|Eric Cohen||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Andi Kasinsky.|
|Nelson Crowe||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Jackson Davies.|
|Jackson "Sarge" Davies||Detective Sergeant, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Nelson Crowe.|
|Vincent Del Arrazzio||Detective Sergeant, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Joely Bartlett.
Associate of the Huntress.
|Marcus Driver||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Josephine MacDonald.|
|Nicholas "St. Nick" Gage||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham PD's newest recruit who has just transferred from Coast City Police Department. He is a supporting character of Batgirl VI.|
|Trey Hartley||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Josh Azeveda.|
|Andi Kasinsky||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Eric Cohen.|
|Josephine "Josie Mac" MacDonald||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Marcus Driver.
Possesses the psychic ability
to find lost people and objects.
|Renee Montoya||Detective, Major Crimes Unit.||Detective Comics||Pre-Flashpoint, partnered with Crispus Allen and resigned after his death and became the Question. Retconned and re-introduced as Harvey Bullock's new partner in the New 52.|
|Dagmar "Dag" Procjnow||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Thomas Burke.|
|Detective Takahata||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Gotham Central comics||Partnered with Romy Chandler.|
|Roman Cavallo||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Red Robin comics||Partnered with Marcus Wise. Is Corrupt.|
|Marcus Wise||Detective, Major Crimes Unit||Red Robin comics||Partnered with Roman Cavallo.
Note: The following are either deceased or have been dismissed from the Gotham City Police Department.
- Michael Akins - Succeeded Gordon as commissioner, left GCPD during the one-year gap under unknown circumstances.
- Crispus Allen - Detective, Major Crimes Unit. Partnered with Renee Montoya. Killed by Jim Corrigan, now the Spectre.
- Howard Branden - Former leader of the GCPD's S.W.A.T. team in Year One, underneath the corrupt administration of Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb.
- Jim Corrigan - Corrupt CSI who killed Crispus Allen. Killed by Allen's son. He is not to be confused with the Jim Corrigan that worked as the Spectre.
- Roger DeCarlo - Corrupt officer. Killed by Poison Ivy after accidentally murdering one of her orphans and attempting to cover it up.
- Sarah Essen Gordon - Major Crimes Unit commander, wife of Commissioner Gordon. Killed by the Joker during No Man's Land.
- Hugh Foley - Opposed Jim Gordon, killed by Billy Pettit during No Man's Land when he was attempting to seek help from Gordon against the Joker.
- Jack Grogan - Corrupt commissioner after Loeb and before Gordon, dismissed.
- Jamie Harper - Detective Specialist. Associate of Robin III, grandniece of James Harper, dating Jason Bard. Has since transferred to the Metropolis Science Police.
- Andy Howe - Briefly served as police commissioner after Mayor Krol fired Gordon.
- Andrew "Andy" Kelly - Police Officer, partnered with Don Peak. Transformed into a monster by Doctor Alchemy and killed in self-defense by Peak.
- David King - Police Captain, former ally of Gordon, killed during Year Three.
- Stan Kitch - Former lieutenant, now a defense attorney.
- Gillian B. Loeb - Corrupt commissioner in Year One, dismissed and later murdered by the Hangman. In the New 52, Loeb instead resigns after Black Mask murders several corrupt cops under his command and Loeb feels partly responsible for allowing his department to become corrupt. In Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, Loeb was a legitimate cop who was murdered by Joker when poison was put into his drink.
- Kelvin Mao - Police Officer, Tactical Unit. Became the superhero known as Ballistic, murdered by Superboy-Prime.
- Stan Merkel - Watch Commander/Patrolman, friend of Gordon. Killed by the Hangman during Batman: Dark Victory.
- Timothy Munroe - Corrupt police officer. Killed by Poison Ivy after accidentally murdering one of her orphans and attempting to cover it up.
- Miles O'Hara - Police Chief around the time Gordon had just initially became Commissioner. First victim of the Hangman at the start of Batman: Dark Victory.
- Nate Patton - Detective, Major Crimes Unit. Partnered with Romy Chandler. Killed by the Joker.
- Billy Pettit - Head of SWAT team, went insane. During No Man's Land he and several other officers broke away from Jim Gordan who considered his actions too soft. Pettit later killed a fellow police officer for an imagined betrayal. An enraged Huntress quickly subdued him for this and tried to talk some sense into him, only for the Joker to shoot and kill Pettit from behind.
- Ronald Probson - Major Crimes Unit commander, killed by the Joker.
- Jordan Rich - Corrupt police officer who shot Jim Gordon. Killed indirectly by Harvey Bullock in retaliation.
- Raymond Wills - Detective, Internal Affairs Division. Was taken hostage by the Joker's men. Resigned after his rescue.
(In tenure list)
- Commissioner McKeever — He is mentioned in Batman: The Black Mirror, (Detective Comics #875; May 2011). At this time James Gordon is still Lieutenant.
- Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb — The corrupt commissioner of police during the first year of Batman’s operation in Gotham.
- Commissioner Jack Grogan - He was Commissioner after Loeb and before Gordon. He was mentioned in the last page of Miller's Batman: Year One and has a one panel appearance in the Catwoman Year One Annual and also in Batman: The Man Who Laughs and Batman and the Monster Men #1.
- Commissioner James Gordon — Replaced Grogan and worked with Batman in trying to clean up the Gotham police department. When he retired, he handed the GCPD over to Michael Akins, only to take the job back some years later. The father of Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl and later Oracle.
- Commissioner Vane- Former Chief Inspector, only served as commissioner briefly when Gordon was demoted to patrolman in Detective Comics #121. During his brief tenure, he oversaw Dr. Hurt's experiments.
- Commissioner Peter Pauling — Another corrupt commissioner, appointed by Mayor Hamilton Hill. Like Hill, he was working for Rupert Thorne. Pauling issued a shoot-to-kill order for any police officer who spotted Batman, and secretly tried to have Gordon, who was working as a private detective, killed. Pauling eventually died at Thorne's hands and a desperate Mayor Hill re-instated Commissioner Gordon. Pauling may not have existed in the Post-Crisis DC universe.
- Commissioner Sarah Essen Gordon — The wife of James Gordon, appointed Commissioner by Mayor Krol while her husband was demoted. This put a great strain on her relationship with her husband and they split up for a while. Although she had previously been a critic of the Batman, she agreed to Mayor Krol's instructions that she use him. Mayor Krol sacked her after he lost his re-election bid against Marion Grange, replacing her with Andy Howe.
- Commissioner Andy Howe — A lawyer who served briefly as Commissioner during the lame-duck Mayoralty of Armand Krol. (Detective Comics #693, January 1996) When the "Clench" virus was released in Gotham and the city descended into anarchy, most police officers ignored Howe and took orders from James Gordon, at that point a private citizen. Howe lost his job when Marion Grange became Mayor and immediately re-instated James Gordon. (Robin #28, April 1996)
- Commissioner Michael Akins — Took over from James Gordon. After the events of the War Games arc, Akins declared all vigilante actions were now illegal, and issued a shoot-to-kill order for any sight of Batman or his associates. He left the position under unspecified circumstance.
- Interim Commissioner Jack Forbes -Took over after James Gordon was arrested for the death of 162 people due to a train crash in Batman Eternal #1. Appointed by Mayor Hady at the behest of Carmine Falcone and devoted the GCPD to stopping Batman. He even went as far as releasing criminals apprehended by Batman. Exposed by Jason Bard and arrested for his connections to Falcone.
- Commissioner Jason Bard - Cop from Detroit whose partner was killed during a incident botched by a Batman imposter who transferred to Gotham under James Gordon's behest just before his arrest. Masterminded the downfall of Forbes and took over as Commissioner. However, Bard was actually working with Hush and as a result, destroyed evidence of Gordon's innocence, put Gotham into marshall law, used the press of girlfriend Vicki Vale and created an uneasy relationship with the Bat family. After failing to take down Batman, Bard realized the error of his ways and attempted to liberate Gordon.
- Commissioner Ellen Yindel - Replaces Gordon in the non-canon Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. In the sequel, Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, she resigns.
- Commissioner Tolliver - Police commissioner in the alternate 1889 of Gotham by Gaslight. He is mayor when Batman first emerges and defeats Jack the Ripper. Claiming the victory as his own, Tolliver is then elected mayor in the sequel, Master of the Future.
Gotham City FBI
The Gotham City Federal Bureau of Investigation field office is also featured in the fictitious Gotham City. The Gotham City FBI personnel are shown using black vehicles with red emergency lights.
In other media
Live Action TV
The 1960s campy Batman featured Neil Hamilton as Commissioner Gordon and Stafford Repp as Chief O'Hara. Both are depicted as being dependent on Batman and Robin to help solve cases. Gordon even keeps a link to the Batcave called "the Batphone" on his desk. In the early episodes it's implied that they only call them in for the so-called "arch-criminals" as the police can handle the more mundane (murder, burglary, arson, etc.). But as the show progressed, they became even more dependent on them to solve problems. This is most greatly shown in one episode, when Batman appears to be missing, Gordon laments that the police will have to solve a case "ourselves." Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara would always be seen with a bunch of police officers when it comes to arresting the arch-criminals upon their defeat.
In the series, most of the department is corrupt, with very few honest policemen, including James Gordon, Sarah Essen, Renee Montoya, Crispus Allen, and Nathaniel Barnes.
Live Action Serials & Movies
All other depictions of Batman have portrayed the Gotham City Police Department in some form or another. The 1940s Batman serials has actor Lyle Talbot in the role of Commissioner Gordon in each one. No other members of the force are shown. However, his appearance of Gordon having a feather-duster mustache was later adapted to the comics.
1989-1997 live action films
All the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher series seemed to give little depiction on the GCPD at all. In Batman, Gordon is portrayed by Pat Hingle, while the usually corrupt Harvey Bullock is replaced with William Hootkins' Lt. Max Eckhart (who is killed by Jack Napier prior to his accidental transformation). Hingle also appeared in Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin.
Christopher Nolan trilogy
In the Nolan films, the GCPD acts as both an ally and a opponent to Batman, however, they play a much greater pivotal role than other depictions of the force.
In Batman Begins, the GCPD plays a pivotal role throughout the course of the film, as one of the main antagonizing forces against Batman. Although James "Jim" Gordon (played by Gary Oldman), then sergeant, is given a greater role than in previous adaptations, other members of the GCPD are also present. Mark Boone Junior plays Gordon's partner Detective Arnold Flass, a corrupt officer who deals extensively with the local mafia; while Colin McFarlane appears as the staunchly vigilante-opposed Commissioner Loeb. While Gordon's appearance resembles how he was portrayed in Batman: Year One and The Long Halloween, Flass and Loeb resemble the Harvey Bullock and Michael Akins characters of the comic books. Furthermore, while Flass is portrayed as being corrupt, a fact consistent with the comics, Loeb, though clearly displeased with the arrival of Batman, does not seem to possess any corrupt tendencies evident in the source material.
Considering that the film captures the early appearances of the Batman, there is much fear and skepticism among the rank and file about whether the Batman exists and if he is even human. Gordon, who had met Batman before he had adopted the Batman motif, not only realizes he is human, but recognizes the necessity of his actions. Gordon continues to work with him through his early weeks in operation. Batman, who trusts Gordon, a good cop he met during his childhood after his parents murder, includes him in his plan to save Gotham from the League of Shadows' fear toxin attack on the Narrows. At the end of the film, Batman's actions have sparked a change in the city and the cops' morality, leading to Gordon being promoted to Lieutenant.
In The Dark Knight, the GCPD plays an even greater role than they did in Batman Begins after Gordon is reassigned as commanding officer of the Major Crimes Unit (MCU), a newly formed division of the GCPD created to combat the Gotham crime syndicates and thwart terrorist attacks. Three detectives of this unit are featured; Gerard Stephens (played by Keith Szarabajka), Michael Wuertz (played by Ron Dean) and Anna Ramirez (played by Monique Curnen), among others. Based on commentary material included in Batman: Gotham Knight, it is possible Ramirez was loosely inspired by Renee Montoya.
Relations between the DA's office and the police, especially between Gordon and Harvey Dent, remains tense throughout most of the film, with corruption in the rank and file; and even within Gordon's unit, being a key source of this conflict in The Dark Knight, with Dent suspecting that Ramirez and Wuertz are corrupt (based on his investigations while working in Internal Affairs, immediately before his election to District Attorney). According to the viral marketing campaign for the film, Dent had spearheaded an initiative through his office to weed out police corruption. In response to Dent's "attacks" on the police department (referenced in the "Gotham Tonight" extras found on the two-disc special edition of The Dark Knight) and the actions of The League of Shadows from the first film, Loeb set up the Major Crimes Unit within the GCPD to counter possible terrorist attacks as well as rid the city of its organized crime.
At least in the Major Crimes Unit, acceptance of the Batman, though reluctant, is growing. At the beginning of the film, Ramirez clears the bank vaults of its officers so Gordan and Batman can carry out a private investigation. While the GCPD's official stance, as far as what they tell the public, is to capture the vigilante known as the Batman on sight, Ramirez jokingly asks Wuertz, who is part of the official investigation, about progress on the case, amidst a background of Elvis, Abe Lincoln, and Bigfoot photos posted on the wall of potential Batman suspects (it being implied that Gordon probably knew Wuertz was corrupt and assigned to this position so that he wouldn't be in a position to bungle major investigations). Furthermore, members of the MCU are present when the Batman interrogates the Joker later in the film.
When Commissioner Loeb is murdered by the Joker, Gordon fakes his own death during an assassination attempt on the Mayor during Loeb's funeral to try and get the Joker to let down his guard. The Joker plans to kill Harvey Dent but Gordon, with Batman's help, intercepts and arrests him. Dent, relieved that his life has been spared, expresses his appreciation for the Gotham Police. Gordon's plan to capture the Joker appears to be successful, leading to Gordon's promotion to Police Commissioner by Mayor Garcia (who was recently elected on a campaign of change, similar to Dent's). During the Batman's interrogation of the Joker, the location of Rachel Dawes and Harvey Dent, who have both been kidnapped immediately after the Joker's attempt on Dent's life had been thwarted, is revealed. While the Batman successfully saves Dent's life, Gordon and police fail to reach Rachel in time. This causes a grievously injured Dent to project his vehement anger toward the GPD, blaming its corruption for Rachel's death. Meanwhile, Detective Stephen's short temper had led to his starting a fight with the Joker in the holding cell; the Joker subdues Stephens and uses him as a hostage to escape from the police station (although Stephens survives the ordeal and continues to serve as a trusted member of Gordon's squad to the end of the film).
Towards the end of the film, it is revealed that it was Wuertz and Ramirez who helped the Joker kidnap Rachel Dawes and Harvey Dent. Wuertz is indifferent, but Ramirez is devastated and very regretful by the knowledge that her actions led to the death of Dawes. It is revealed that she had taken bribe money to pay for her mother's hospital fees (as foreshadowed at the beginning of the film when she responds to Gordon's question about her mother's health with "Checked her back in the hospital). Dent, as "Two-Face", confronts both officers and determines their fate with a coin flip at gunpoint. Wuertz is shot when his coin flip landed on the scarred side; on the other hand, Ramirez's life was spared because her coin flip landed on the un-scarred side. Instead, Dent knocked her unconscious with his gun. It remains to be seen whether Gordon or the GCPD has learned about her involvement with the Falcone crime family (led by Sal Maroni).
At the end of the film (after Batman has defeated the Joker), Dent holds Gordon's family at gunpoint and attempts to determine their individual fates with the flip of his coin. To save Gordon's son, Batman charges at Dent and both end up falling out of the building. Dent dies from the fall. Gordon heads down to check on Batman; Batman, while still wounded from the bullet and the fall, convinces Gordon to place the blame for the deaths of Dent's victims on himself so that all the good Harvey did continues to stand. At the conclusion of the film, the GCPD begins its manhunt for Batman.
In The Dark Knight Rises, the GCPD has successfully eradicated the city's organized crime under "The Dent Act," as most remain oblivious to Harvey Dent's crimes as Two-Face. Gordon remains in guilt over letting Batman taking the fall for Dent, and waiting for a chance to admit the truth to the city. Rookie cop John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) becomes aware of the truth, and also has deduced Batman's identity beforehand, eventually becomes a friend and ally of Gordon and Batman, as well as serving as their liaison. Blake is also later promoted from patrol cop to detective after Gordon sees his intelligence and dedication, thus allowing him to report directly to the commissioner. Gordon's deputy commissioner Peter Foley (Matthew Modine), though not corrupt, however is arrogant and would seek glory by trying to capture Batman, to the point that when Batman crashes the police chase of Bane and some of his henchmen following Bane's robbery of the stock exchange, Foley issues orders for the police participating in the chase to pursue Batman instead. As a result, Bane ends up escaping while his henchmen are captured.
Bane and the League of Shadows later use explosive-laced concrete to trap most of the force underground for months until they are freed by Batman and his allies. Bane also discovers the truth of the circumstances behind Harvey Dent's death and reveals it to the GCPD and the rest of the city, thus ending the manhunt against Batman. However, this also is used by Bane to liberate the criminals imprisoned under the Dent Act and wreak havoc around Gotham, much to both the police and the citizens' discomfort. Eventually, the police department are instrumental of the League of Shadows' defeat, though Foley and many officers are killed in action (almost all of them by Talia in one sitting, including what was left of the SWAT unit, when she makes her way to the bomb after it had been disabled; in the ending scenes it shows the remaining numbering less than a few dozen looking over the captured mercenaries and criminals). The GCPD, with the aid from Batman and his allies, has successfully captured the surviving League of Shadows members and Gotham's criminals, restoring order back to the city.
Blake resigns himself from the police department following Batman’s apparent death (disgusted at how the Gotham State Police prevented him from taking a busload of children to safety when trying to adhere to Bane's 'rules') and after receiving a set of coordinates left by the Dark Knight, the young detective discovers the Batcave beneath Wayne Manor.
The GCPD in the Nolan films appears to be heavily modeled on the New York City Police Department. In a flashback scene shortly after the deaths of Bruce's parents in Batman Begins, Gordon and other officers are shown wearing sky blue uniforms, similar to those worn by the NYPD from the 1970s through the mid-1990s. In all present-day scenes, patrol officers wear black uniforms. The text on patrol officers' shoulder patches, as well as various modified versions of the logo such as the seal used on SWAT trucks, establish the force as being first established in 1820.
The paint job for GCPD patrol cars is primarily based on the paint job used by the NYPD up through the late 1990s - dark blue with a white roof and pillars, with two white stripes along the sides of the vehicle. The words "GPD POLICE" and the police department emblem are painted on the car doors. The word "POLICE" is also printed on the hood of the car, on the front-side panels just above the wheel wells, and on the trunk. On the rear side panels is the unit's registration: a one or two-digit number identifying the precinct that the unit is assigned to, the letters "PCT" (short for "Precinct"), and then the unit's "shop number" (used to identify city-owned vehicles). (E.g., the blue-and-white driven by John Blake in early scenes in The Dark Knight Rises has the number "66 PCT 98821", meaning it is unit #98821 and Blake is based out of the 66th precinct). The GCPD paint job also takes cues from the Los Angeles Police Department, as the shop number of the car is reprinted on the roof to help air units visually identify cars, and the unit's assigned precinct is also printed on the trunk.
Beginning in The Dark Knight, the police car paint job is slightly modified, as the wording on the passenger's side is reversed, reading "POLICE GPD". Additionally, the roof-mounted emergency lights are overhauled, with LED lights replacing a row of seven rotating beacon-shaped lights.
The standard issue side arms used by GCPD officers throughout the series have included the Beretta 92FS, the SIG-Sauer P226 and the Glock 17. Some officers use different weapons, e.g. Gordon's primary sidearm in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight is a Smith & Wesson Model 6904, although he switches to a SIG-Sauer P226 prior to The Dark Knight Rises. Some patrol cars are also equipped with Remington 870 or Mossberg 500 shotguns.
Gotham State Police
A Gotham State Police is shown to exist in The Dark Knight Rises. A GSP vehicle appears briefly during Bane's robbery of the Stock Exchange and the GSP are later shown blowing the Queensboro Bridge when Blake tries to evacuate civilians over it. GSP patrol units are painted black, with a single blue stripe along the sides of the vehicle right below window level, with the department emblem painted on the front doors. The paint job is loosely based on that of the New York State Police.
In the acclaimed animated television series, Batman: The Animated Series, the GCPD characters are given more attention such as in "P.O.V", where the major characters of the force in the series participate in a detailed debriefing of an incident. One of the most important contributions from the animated series to the Batman universe is the introduction of Renee Montoya (first as a uniformed officer, then a detective), which would later become a first-grade character in the GCPD comic books. In the printed DC Universe, her presence was so solidly incorporated that she later retired from the Department to assume the identity of the Question.
In this animated series Batman Beyond, James Gordon's daughter Barbara Gordon (former Batgirl in Batman: The Animated Series) serves as the new commissioner.
Gordon, Ramirez, and Crispus Allen all appear in three of the shorts in Batman: Gotham Knight (which bridges the gap between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) consisting of Crossfire, In Darkness Dwells, and Deadshot.
On the animated series The Batman, the focus of the GCPD in the first two seasons is on Detectives Ellen Yin (voiced by Ming-Na Wen) and Ethan Bennett (voiced by Steve Harris) prior to his Clayface transformation. The corruption on the force is attributed to Chief Angel Rojas (voiced by Edward James Olmos in the first appearance, Jesse Corti in later appearances), who appeared often in those seasons. They served as recurrent antagonists in the first two seasons under Chief Rojas' leadership. However, in the Season 2 finale, Jim Gordon (voiced by Mitch Pileggi), recently appointed Commissioner, calls off the manhunt and forms an alliance with Batman to help keep Gotham safe for his daughter, Barbara. Two episodes of the cartoon series featured another detective of the Gotham City Police Department named Cash Tankinson (voiced by Patrick Warburton). Neither Rojas nor Yin has been seen since then, though one episode that take places in the future implies that sometime between now and then, Yin will replace Gordon as Commissioner and Bennet becomes Chief of Police.
Beware the Batman
The Gotham City Police Department appears in Beware the Batman. James Gordon worked as a police lieutenant and was distrustful towards Batman until he helped save his daughter from Tobias Whale and Phosphorus Rex. During the part where the League of Assassins had control over the Ion Cortex and shut down Gotham City's power, James Gordon became the police commissioner when Commissioner Correa was killed by the League of Assassins.
Alternate officers of the law
Birds of Prey (TV series from 2002–2003)
- Detective Jesse Reese - Was played by Shemar Moore. Is an honest cop in New Gotham who learns of the Birds of Prey and begins to help them. He later enters into a relationship with Huntress. It is later revealed that Reese's birthname was Jesse Hawke, son of crime boss Al Hawke, who became a police officer to atone for his family's sins. This version of the GCPD does have a corruption problem (though it is unclear how bad since a few other honest officers have cameos) and appears to no longer have Jim Gordon at its head.
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003 direct-to-video animated film)
- Detective Sonia Alcana - Actress Elisa Gabrielli provides her voice in the feature; she is Harvey Bullock's partner in the film. While investigating the identity of the new vigilante Batwoman, Alcana is one of Batman's suspects. Batman rescued Alcana once from a fire set by Rupert Thorne's men nine years prior of the film. Sonia was actually one of the three women that operated at Batwoman alongside Dr. Roxanne Ballantine (whose fiancé was framed for a crime by Penguin) and Kathleen Duquesne (who wanted to end the criminal career of her father Carlton Duquesne). She later resigns upon claiming to be the only one that worked as Batwoman in order to protect the reputation of the Gotham City Police department
The Batman (TV series from 2004–2008)
- Chief Angel Rojas — Edward James Olmos and Jesse Corti provide his voice for this show with Edward James Olmos voicing him in the first appearance and Jesse Corti later voicing him in later appearances. For Chief Rojas, The Batman is nothing less than a black eye to his police force. Believing there is no room for vigilante justice in Gotham, Rojas has made capturing the Dark Knight a top priority.
- Detective Ellen Yin — Ming-Na provides her voice in this show. Given her name and the events of the episode, "Artifacts", she could be a loose adaptation of Ellen Yindel from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
- Detective Ethan Bennett — He is a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne's. Due to a chemical created by the Joker, he becomes the first Clayface for this series. Steve Harris provides his voice.
- Detective Cash Tankinson - He is a bumbling detective who was Yin's partner for the episode "JTV" and returned in the episode "Cash for Toys" as Bruce Wayne's personal bodyguard after he was targeted by Cosmo Krank. He is voiced by Patrick Warburton.
The Dark Knight (2008 film)
- Detective Anna Ramirez (Monique Curnen), a corrupt cop- although she only gave in to the mob's demands to pay her sick mother's hospital bills rather than out of more selfish motives- involved in the scarring of Harvey Dent and the death of Rachel Dawes by the Joker. She also appeared in Batman: Gotham Knight, voiced by Ana Ortiz. The commentary on the Batman: Gotham Knight DVD, indicates she might be loosely inspired by Renee Montoya. She received a head injury from Dent after he cracked her head with the bottom of his revolver. Her fate is unknown, but it's implied from Gordon that she didn't survive her trauma, though she might not have regained consciousness yet.
- Detective Mike Wuertz (Ron Dean), a corrupt cop involved in the scarring of Harvey Dent and the death of Rachel Dawes by the Joker. He is later killed when Dent shoots him in the head with a revolver as one of his first actions as Two-Face.
- Detective Gerald Stephens (Keith Szarabajka), an honest police detective, if not aversed in the field of police brutality. He assists in faking Gordon's death, and is later seen guarding the Joker in an interrogation room, informing the Joker that he has been a cop long enough to distinguish between punks who commit crimes for kicks and the sick animals like the Joker who enjoy it, although he's tricked into attacking the Joker, who holds him hostage temporarily during his escape from custody.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012 film)
- Deputy Commissioner Peter Foley (Matthew Modine), second-in-command and close friend to Gordon. Foley is shown as being quite ambitious and initially doesn't believe an injured Gordon's assertions about Bane raising an army underneath the streets of Gotham. He is eager to capture Batman, something he believes Gordon was never capable of, even when Bane is the more immediate and obvious target, to the point that he inadvertently lets Bane escape when Batman crashes the police pursuit following Bane's robbery of the stock exchange. He is one of the few officers who was not trapped underground after Bane triggered multiple explosions in the underground tunnels. Though initially aiding Gordon and other members of the resistance, Foley later refuses to take part in the final push against Bane's forces, fearing for his own safety. However, he relents and joins in the riot between the cops and Bane's army. Foley manages to kill Bane's lieutenant, Barsad, with a submachine gun, but is then killed by automatic fire from Talia's escaping Tumbler.
- Officer/Detective John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an earnest beat cop who was promoted by James Gordon after being attacked by Bane's forces. Originally, an orphan, he had deduced Batman's true identity as Bruce Wayne and befriended him before the attack on Gotham. After Batman "sacrifices himself" to destroy a neutron bomb, John Blake (whose real first name is Robin), is seen entering the Batcave.
- Officer Tyler Ross (Reggie Lee), Blake's patrol partner who is trapped underground after the explosion in the sewers, and communicates with Blake during the revolution by passing notes through a sewer grate. He is shot dead by a League of Shadows mercenary when Blake is trying to pull him out of a sewer manhole cover.
Beware the Batman (2013-Present)
- Commissioner Correa - He was the police commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department until he was killed by two ninjas of the League of Assassins upon not giving in to Ra's al Ghul's demands. Due to his death, James Gordon was sworn in as the new police commissioner. Voiced by Carlos Ferro.
- Officer Dombrowski - A police officer that worked for the Gotham City Police Department. Voiced by James Arnold Taylor.
- Officer O'Brien - A police officer that worked for the Gotham City Police Department. Voiced by Michael Patrick McGill.
- Officer Rodriguez - A police officer that worked for the Gotham City Police Department. Voiced by Carlos Ferro.
- Detective Marcie Brown - A police detective that worked for the Gotham City Police Department. Voiced by Tara Strong.
- Detective Comics #819
- Detective Comics (vol. 2) #25
- Debra Birnbaum. "Michael Chiklis Joins Cast of ‘Gotham’". variety.com.
- Dark Knight Rises GCPD Vehicles Reference pics
- Picture of Gotham State Police Ford Expedition from The Dark Knight Rises