With the soon release of Cyberpunk 2077, which will be on the 10th of December, people start to wonder about different in-game mechanics. One interesting topic would be how the Cyberpunk 2077 police system will work.
As seen in Grand Theft Auto V, the “wanted” feature is based on 5 police levels which advance based on your crimes. These levels are pictured as stars and you can easily escape the police by running away in a getaway car. But when it comes to fighting the police that is a big no no. You will almost never escape alive.
Will that be the case in Cyberpunk 2077? We can’t know that for sure but we have some information gathered from official trailers and gameplay reviews. I am certain that everyone is wondering what Cyberpunk 2077 police system will look like and how much will affect gameplay.
Who are the Cyberpunk 2077 Police?
The police in Cyberpunk 2077 goes by the name of NCPD, which is short for Night City Police Department. The NCPD will aid at your crimes in every district besides Pacifica. The Pacifica District used to be a corporate residential suburb turned a “lawless and anarchic combat zone district“. But don’t make plans yet to go rogue in Pacifica, because even though the NCPD has no jurisdiction there, the Voodoo Boys won’t think twice about killing you.
The Night City Police Department has a bigger presence in more rich and populated areas. They are thought to be very powerful. In that case we have to keep in mind that messing with the police might not be a good idea. Being so powerful, the only way to escape them seems to be by vehicle.
Also, if you keep committing big crimes but manage to escape the NCPD beware of bounty hunters. Rumors say that a bounty is set on your head if you manage to commit more high level crimes.
It is yet to be discovered how the police will work outside of Night City.
What are the divisions of Night City Police Department in Cyberpunk 2077?
Divisions play a big part in the game immersion regarding police. All these divisions are responsible for their own thing, sometimes working together to catch the most heinous of criminals. There are six types of divisions in Cyberpunk 2077, each one of them so complex you’ll want to forget about raging across Night City, or maybe not, who knows. Below you will find the list of the NCPD divisions we know so far.
The Patrol Division
As the name suggests, the Patrol Division is in charge of city surveillance and it is the biggest division in the Night City Police Department. They are highly supported by the government through resources and personnel. All around Night City we will find different types of patrols such as the Beat Patrol, the Traffic Patrol and the Cruiser Patrol. So far, we know that all these patrols are properly equipped with guns, non-lethal launchers, vests and cuffs. Due to the nature of the game, this cops are a big threat to the player if crime is in their blood.
The Investigation Division
The investigation division is a little smaller than the patrol division, but they are the ones connecting the dots. Highly skilled and intelligent officers split in multiple sub-divisions such as: vice, robbery, homicide and special investigations. Each one of these teams are responsible for their own category. Vice is in charge of drug crimes. Robbery, well you can guess by the name, is responsible to solve theft crimes. Homicide is the one in charge of murder, and the special investigation division is here to solve the biggest and more complicated crimes. Keep this in mind and beware of what evidence you leave lying around behind your actions.
The Tactical Division
Just like in real life, the tactical division plays a huge role in the well functioning of a police department. In Cyberpunk 2077, the tactical division is split in three special forces highly trained for critical situations. First we have the S.W.A.T team always prepared with heavy weapons for the most dangerous situations. MAX-TAC is the team responsible for psychopaths creating destruction in the cyber domain. And lastly, NETSEC is the one division in charge of all information found on the net. The Tactical Division faces the most life threatening situations around Night City.
The Internal Affairs and Administration Division
These two divisions are rather smaller than the rest, but still a key part of the Night City Police Department. They are responsible for keeping the NCPD clean and legit. The internal Affairs Division investigates either officers in misconduct files, either dangerous and corrupt agents. The Administration Division consists in non-cop personnel responsible for all the administrative requirements.
All in all, we can see that there are multiple police divisions in Cyberpunk 2077 police system. This fact proves what a big part the police will play throughout the story. Also, being such a complex development, I am pretty sure we will see some cool mechanics, rather new from what we are used to.
*Note that this information is solely based on trailers, old information and gameplay videos. We will continue to update this topic once we catch a glimpse of the actual gameplay of Cyberpunk 2077.*