About the New York City Police
Department Housing Bureau
The New York City Police Department Housing Bureau was responsible
for providing the security and delivery of police services to about 420,000 people using public housing throughout New York
City. They were stationed in Police Service Areas (PSA), which are almost identical to police precincts, with nine PSAs in
total located throughout the five boroughs. Police officers often did vertical patrols, making sure illegal activity does
not take place in the halls, stairways, or the roof. The housing police was merged with the New York Police Department, like
the New York City Transit Police, in 1995. Today, some new police officers are randomly assigned to housing units.