The Blackwater Police Department is a law enforcement organization found in Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption

The Blackwater Police Department is unique in that it is the only uniformed, non-military law enforcement in Red Dead Redemption. In addition to this, it also has a modern rank structure. Players will notice a significant presence of the Blackwater Police Department throughout West Elizabeth, meaning committing even minor offenses can be very dangerous.

Blackwater, being a bustling frontier city and burgeoning capitol, requires a larger police force than smaller settlements. However, they also share jurisdiction over the rest of the West Elizabeth territory and can be seen, especially in single-player, outside of the city and patrolling the city's outskirts on horseback. Its officers are well-equipped with weapons such as the High Power Pistol, Semi-automatic Pistol, Winchester Repeater, and Pump-action Shotgun.

The Blackwater Police Department has a mounted division (covering most of the territory) in addition to regular, dismounted officers (seen only in the town itself) using its considerable size to its advantage. There is one police station in Blackwater; it is located near the territorial government building and is shared with the Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshals. The Blackwater Police also appear to be more capable in combat and have a smarter AI, as many players have noted; the officers are better able to climb ladders, navigate small spaces, and gain better firing positions. Their weapons are also more powerful than most law enforcement agencies, making them a very formidable fighting force. In addition, up to 50 officers can be mobilized at a time for confrontations in Blackwater.

Not much is known about the department’s history except the infamous "Blackwater Massacre" of 1899, which featured legendary gunslinger Landon Ricketts.

The uniform worn by the Blackwater Police consists of dark blue trousers, blue button-up coats, and a dark blue custodian helmet with the Department's insignia.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Run by Oswald Dunbar, the Blackwater Police Department is one of two uniformed police forces in the game. Their uniform consists of a dark blue coat with gold buttons, a badge and a police hat.

Blackwater continues to grow and become a more popular town to live in, and many NPCs remark that the law in Blackwater is particularly well enforced. The small police station is situated south side of Blackwater, however the city is building a new, bigger police station which is featured in Red Dead Redemption.


  • Despite their size, they make no appearance in Undead Nightmare, neither as survivors nor as Undead.
    • However, undead officers can be seen in a few promotional screenshots, complete with their button-up coats and police hats.
  • The lawmen that collects the bounties from Marston in Blackwater will still take the form of the lawmen from New Austin.
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