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Deputy Commissioner Legal Matters


Lawrence Byrne, Esq.
 Deputy Commissioner Legal Matters


Thomas P. Doepfner, Esq.
Assistant Deputy Commissioner
Legal Matters


Susan Petito, Esq.
Assistant Deputy Commissioner
Intergovernmental Affairs

Deputy Chief Kerry R. Sweet, Esq.
Commanding Officer
Legal Bureau

Robert Messner, Esq.
Assistant Commissioner
Civil Enforcement Unit


NYPD Legal Bureau provides assistance to law enforcement personnel regarding Department legal matters only.

The mission of the Legal Bureau is (1) to support the Department in preventing crime and reducing fear by assisting its members in interpreting and enforcing state, federal, and local laws; (2) to ensure that the policies and practices of the Department are lawful and are fairly applied; (3) to develop legislation in accordance with the needs of the Department and public safety concerns; (4) to further the quality of life of New York City through the focused and aggressive use of civil enforcement remedies.


Telephone Numbers:


Legal Bureau (646) 610-5400
Civil Enforcement Unit (917) 454-1100
Document Production Unit/FOIL (646) 610-5296
License Division (646) 610-5560

For more information, click on the following links:

Civil Enforcement Unit
Criminal Section
Civil Section
Legislative Affairs Unit
License Division 
Document Production/FOIL 

The New York City Police Department, in partnership with New York City Law Department, is pleased to announce the continuation of the NYPD Law Graduate Fellowship.  For more information on this fellowship, click on the following link:

NYPD Law Graduate Fellowship

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