The New York City Police Department (NYPD) was officially created in 1845 but has roots in the city that goes back as far as the 1600s. One of the largest police departments in the world, the NYPD employs almost 50,000 workers. Before the NYPD, the city relied on an elaborate system called the watchmen from 1658 to 1845. To combat corruption, the NYPD was formed and replaced the sheriff and watchman system. Since 1806, the NYPD has lost more than 800 officers in the line of duty with 117 being animal-related. There are over 100 movies and television shows that have portrayed NYPD life.