The New York City Police Department Housing Bureau is responsible for providing
the security and delivery of police services to about 420,000 people using public housing throughout
New York City.
They are stationed in Police Service Areas (PSA), which are almost identical to police precincts, with nine PSAs in total
located throughout the five boroughs. Officers often do 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. Some new police officers are randomly assigned to housing units.