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The Criminal Style of the NYIPD

I may not know a Queen Anne chair from a dentist’s chair, but I can tell if a room feels welcoming and happy—or if it feels as if someone has just died there.   

So, could we discuss for a minute the design of your typical police station? Talk about a place that feels as if someone has just died there. And, sadly, probably someone did die there, at some point. But even someone has died in a place, there’s no need to make the visitor feel that dropping dead then and there is the best alternative, which is how I felt upon walking into a police station the other night to report a stolen purse. 

Granted, a police station isn’t built for comfort, it’s built for speed. Oh, sorry, no, it isn’t built for speed either.  It’s built for the excruciatingly slow grinding of the wheels of justice, giving you plenty of time to saturate in the fluorescent lights, listening to the low hum of electricity, awaiting your fate, certain that any minute a rumpled detective will appear to take your mug shot and your prints. 

And that’s how you feel if you’re the crime victim when filing a complaint.  

So as I sat there with my stalwart friend who efficiently pulled out her cell and prepared to sit on hold with my credit card company, I had plenty of time to think about redecorating.  

Many decorators say you should start with the floor, but here I’d have to start with the lighting, because fluorescent lights just make everyone look terrible. Okay, maybe not someone striking and dark and gorgeous, like Barak Obama or Lila Downs. And fluorescent lights are excellent when used for tasks that require a steady hand and a clear eye—picking a lock, or dissecting a body for example. 

But for most uses, incandescent lighting helps everyone look better and feel, if not hopeful, at least a little cheerier. And that’s something you can really use in a police station, whether you’re victim or criminal. Even the cops would like it, I’m sure. 

Reader Comments (12)

plz help me and give more details

September 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenternilay

today i start this job plz give more details sheffilds

September 7, 2007 | Unregistered Commenternilay

How about some fake plants, they alway warm up a room and you won't have to worry about watering them. Some tall full & lush silk trees.
Green is easy on the eyes.
There are some Japenese style area rugs that might help, they are durable and last long time, natural bamboo color.
Think of bringing nature inside, It will really warm the place up!
Water element would be nice too.
Good luck!

September 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAleta Capel

Interesting story.. I hate criminals

May 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPTC Sites
Here in NY you would find so many people that on a daily basis they commit a fashion crime. Lately I am seen neon colors.


I work on different fashion project including pearls by Mastoloni.
May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterManny

Whoaa, nice post. Thank you!

July 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMangaIndo
Hey, who loves criminals, by the way? If I have my way, I won't kill them. I'll tie them on a tree and give them a good torture and when he passes out, I'll splash a pail of water all over him and I'm going to torture him again.
August 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercustom printing
Police stations are just awful. That they don't spend time and money designing and decorating jails is one thing, but just think of the people working in a police station every day (and often night)...
February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
Great story
May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne
thanks for the really good tips!
October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRank Locally
Really nice work! great info cheers! -
October 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJosh Buckle

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