New York City Police Department Organized Crime Control Bureau

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Organized Crime Control Bureau
Abbreviation OCCB
Agency overview
Formed 1971
Superseding agency New York City Police Department
Employees 1,600
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
General nature
Operational structure
Agency executive Thomas P.Purtell, Bureau Chief

The NYPD Organized Crime Control Bureau (NYPD OCCB) is one of the ten bureaus that form the New York Police Department. The Bureau is charged with the investigation and prevention of organized crime within New York City.

The Organized Crime Control Bureau is headed by Bureau Chief Thomas P. Purtell.


Formed after the Knapp Commission investigations into police corruption, all investigations within the bureau are conducted by specially structured teams, in an effort to reduce the chance of corruption.

Following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, officers from the OCCB were trained in the use of Ruger Mini-14s to provide support to the Emergency Service Unit in case of a similar situation arising in New York City.[1]


  • Narcotics Division
    • Narcotics Boroughs Manhattan North and Manhattan South
    • Narcotics Boroughs Brooklyn North and Brooklyn South
    • Narcotics Borough Bronx
    • Narcotics Borough Queens
    • Narcotics Borough Staten Island
  • Vice Enforcement Division (Merged with Narcotics Division in 2011)
  • Auto Crime Division
  • Gang Division
    • Manhattan Gang Squad
    • Brooklyn North and Brooklyn South Gang Squads
    • Bronx Gang Squad
    • Queens Gang Squad
    • Staten Island Gang Squad
  • Firearms Suppression Division
  • Investigative Support Division
  • Organized Crime Investigation Division


The Organized Crime Control Bureau has numerous units and sub-units that investigate matters such as organized auto larceny rings, unlawful firearms, and prostitution. It is involved in using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to search and destroy organized criminal activities and seize property and vehicles. The Organized Crime Control Bureau utilizes undercover police officers to infiltrate various criminal organizations. The Organized Crime Control Bureau has been effective against the Italian Mafia, "the westies" of the Irish mob, Chinese Mafia, East German Mafia, and Russian Mafia organized criminal elements. The Organized Crime Control Bureau's Joint Organized Crime Task Force works in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's New York Field Division (the largest FBI office in the US).

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