The Gotham City Police Department, often shortened to GCPD, is the municipal police force responsible for law enforcement and investigation in Gotham City.


Gotham City Police Department

For years, the GCPD has protected and served the people of Gotham City, New Jersey.

Arrest of Cesar Santos

One night, officers Mazzuccheli and Ruckas were responding to a call that led them to a condemned building. The officers responded to the dispatch operator as they discovered a batarang embedded in a wall. Entering the building, Mazzuccheli and his partner went to the basement, where they discovered a number of Asian women hiding in a caged area, victims of human trafficking. When the officers attempted to rescue the women, they were surprised to find the women wanted to stay in, out of fear. One of the women pointed above them, stating that "it" was still in the building. Ruckas, confused, looked up as he and Mazzuccheli heard the cries of Cesar Santos.

Ruckas went upstairs, where he discovered a bloodied and bruised Santos bound to a radiator. As he ventured further into the room, Ruckas became aware that a figure was perched in a corner beside him. Turning, Ruckas encountered the Batman for the first time and shot wildly at him, nearly killing his fellow officer, but the Dark Knight moved swiftly, avoiding the gunfire as he escaping through a hole in the ceiling.[1]

When Santos is eventually murdered in prison due to the brand (revealed to be thanks to Anatoli Knyazev acting on behalf of Lex Luthor's orchestrations), a prominent reporter from the Daily Planet, Clark Kent, stops by the GCPD to get answers, only to be essentially stonewalled by a police officer, who claims to not be allowed to give him pertinent information. As Clark noticed cartoon artwork of a coward criminal before a GCPD officer using the Bat-Signal as a weapon against him, only one GCPD officer is willing to indicate Santos girlfriend Adriana and child to the reporter without saying a word. When Clark speaks with her, Adriana tells him that Santos was a vile criminal, but also a father and that the "Bat brand of justice" is essentially a death sentence in prison everywhere. She also tells Clark how unfair it is that local police endorse one man who decides who lives and who dies unchecked by the law, and that Clark's pen won't defeat a man like that, only violence will.

Adriana' testimony and other events build up to the epic duel between Batman and Superman in the former, abandoned GCPD headquarters that still had a functioning Bat-Signal. Batman and Superman would team up before the former managed to kill the latter (with a Kryptonite spear), partially thanks to Lois Lane, who had arrived just in time to help the battling superheroes piece together the fact they were both being manipulated into battling by the devious supervillain Lex Luthor.

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