It is responsible for law enforcement and investigation within the City of Lost Heaven. Their headquarters are located at the southernmost tip of Central Island, just south of the large parking lot behind the Municipal Building.
In Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, the LHPD is at most times your enemy. They will fine you for speeding if they catch you, and arrest or kill you for carrying or firing a weapon. In the mission A Trip to the Country, the police have teamed up with the Morello Crime Family to bring an end to the Salieri Crime Family. This partnership will continue into the mission Omerta and is believed to end sometime after that event. After that the police will only be your enemy for small crimes. The last time they will be a major foe will be in the mission Moonlighting.
There are three levels, the last two having a sub-level. Each icon has two states, clear and shaded. When shaded, the player is out of the police line of sight.
The ticket is given for minor crimes: speeding, running red lights, small accidents, etc. Tommy just needs to stop, get out and pay the fine. In-game, the fine is not seen, though it is $1000 in freeride. If the crime is seen by a foot patrol, the ticket is easy to out-run.
The handcuffs represent larger crimes such as assault, weapon seen, major accident, evading, etc. The police will begin to pursue Tommy, ramming his car and even pulling him out on the the ground if an officer gets to the driver side door. If Tom is near a cop too long, he will drop his weapon and let himself get arrested. Unlike GTA, the game will let you restart from a save instead of being dropped off at the station.
The gun means Tommy has committed a crime for which deadly force is authorized: firing his weapon whether he hits anybody or not, assaulting an officer, vehicular homicide, etc. The police will pursue with vigor, firing their weapons out their windows at him.
If the player has cuffs or the gun, and stays in the police line of sight too long, he will become wanted. It is a rare thing to see, but a policeman may actually use a phone booth to get backup. All police will then pursue Tom on sight. If Tom stays longer, then police will be dispatched to the location he gained the wanted status. If the police are using deadly force, then they will begin to set up roadblocks. There, they will have Tommy Guns, as well as Shotguns and spike strips. To lose the wanted status, Tom either needs to be hidden for a long period of time, which will result in the bar slowly decreasing, or he can use a phone booth or a telephone in a shop to impersonate a police officer, claiming that the "suspect has been found". It is very difficult to escape once he reaches wanted status.
This is the equipment of the LHPD
Notable Members of the LHPD
- Ticket: The ticket is given for minor crimes: speeding, running red lights, small accidents, etc.
- Handcuffs: The police will begin to pursue Tommy for larger crimes such as assault, weapon seen, major accident, evading, etc.
- The Gun: The police will then use deadly force on a crime for which it is authorized: firing his weapon whether he hits anybody or not, assaulting an officer, vehicular homicide, etc.
- Wanted: If the player has cuffs or the gun, and stays in the police line of sight too long, he will become wanted. It is a rare thing to see, but a policeman may actually use a phone booth to get backup. All police will then pursue Tom on sight. If the police are using deadly force, they will begin to set up roadblocks. There they will have Tommy Guns, as well as Shotguns and spike strips.
The police AI is very flawed. The only person they will go after is Tommy. In freeride, they will try and ticket him for speeding, even if he is trying to get away from gangsters that are shooting him. Gangsters can attack the police and the police will do nothing. Tommy can use a police car as a bullet sponge, but as soon as Tom brings out a weapon, he will be in trouble. However, a ticket will remove hostilities gained from agitating gangsters. Tommy can drive on the sidewalk and the wrong side of the road, just as long as he does not hit anything or speed. Not only that, when you're doing a mission with your partner and get involved in a chase or shootout, the police won't do anything, even if they see your partner or enemy shooting, going over the speed limit, or running a red light. Apparently Lost Heaven Police's biggest (and probably only) threat is you!
Another strange police behavior is when the cops are chasing you but then their car crashes near a wall and the cop on passenger seat can't leave because of the wall. So when they want to arrest Tommy, the cop (on driver seat) and the other cop leave the car by the same door; that's normal. Now try to lose tail then enter a car (not that cop car), and the cops will return to their car. The first cop enters the car as a driver, and because the other cop can't enter the car by passenger's door, he carjacks his partner!
Whenever you are driving a police car, you may drive at speeds of up to 70 mph without getting any hassle from the police. That means it is impossible to get a fine for speeding while driving a police car.
Also remember that the police's cars are cheated. You can't outrun their car even if your speed reaches more than 100 mph (160 kph). They just (or always) ram your car from behind or do pit maneuver, although their car's speed limit is less than 100 mph!