Emerald City Police Department
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Abbreviation ECPD
Founded 215 years prior to present day
Motto "To protect and to care"
Sworn officers 51,183
Civilian employees 8,008
Annual budget (in Mobiums) 5,400,000,000
Legal personality Governmental: government agency
Jurisdiction Emerald City, Kingdom of Mobius
General nature Law enforcement
Local civilian police
Headquarters 54 Roland Street
Commissioners responsible Christine Lefebvre
Clark Souliere
John Maryk
Herman Keefer
Bartholomew Jiggs
Agency executive Amanda Raine, Chief of Police
Divisions 5
Sectors 80
Patrol cars 13,132
Boats 12
Fixed-wing aircraft 7
Helicopters 29
Horses (non-humanoid) 178
Dogs (non-humanoid) 49 German Shepherds
10 Bloodhounds

The Emerald City Police Department is the principal law enforcement agency in Emerald City. At over 50,000 sworn personnel, it is the second-largest law enforcement agency in the Kingdom of Mobius, surpassed only by the Royal Mobian Constabulary.

Tracing its origins to the Great Migration, the ECPD has since grown to include numerous specialized units and divisions, including SWAT, K-9, Air Mobile and the Criminal Investigative Division. The Department has been the subject of numerous TV shows and movies. Though widely respected in the Kingdom, it has been the subject of certain controversies.

History

With the Great Migration, there came a surge in population from people trying to escape wars and persecution. There also came a surge in crime, especially in the east, where Emerald City was located. Traditionally, law enforcement fell on the shoulders of the local militias. As time went by, however, the need for specialized law enforcement agencies was recognized, especially in the face of various controversies involving militiamen.

In Emerald City, Mayor William Xenu signed the Metropolitan Police Act into law, creating the Emerald City Police Department. Alfred "Alfie" Whettleton served as the first Chief of Police. In its first couple decades of service, the Department was notorious for corruption; for example, officers often advanced through the ranks due to political connections rather than merit. Another – and possibly bloodier – example was the Department's treatment of the human minority. Such treatment of humans sparked the Overlander Riots.

Up until the appointment of Gerry Limoges as Chief, formal training did not exist, and officers were allowed to carry whatever sidearms they pleased. Under Limoges' command, several reforms were carried out, and the first female officers were sworn in. However, it would be several more years before the first humans were accepted into the Department.

In spite of its problems, the Department was noted for its numerous innovations. For example, it established the world's first crime lab. It was also a pioneer in UXO work, and has trained bomb squads from other departments. Like many other departments, the ECPD used revolvers as service weapons, but became the first to use semi-automatic pistols, starting with the Colt M1911A1.

Organizational Structure

The ECPD is headed by the Bureau of Police, which comprises a five-member board that oversees Department policies and procedures. Although the Chief reports to the Bureau, he/she/they command the rest of the Department.

The Department is comprised of five divisions: the Patrol Division, the Criminal Investigative Division, the Specialized Units Division, the Behavioral Inquiries Division and the Administrative Services Division.

Patrol Division

The Patrol Division is the primary uniformed division of the Department. This Division – headed by a Patrol Division Chief – is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating patrol officers' actions in each of the Department's 80 sectors. A more recent addition to the Patrol Division is the SWAT Team, which was founded after the Roseinian Embassy siege. When not engaged in SWAT operations or training exercises, SWAT officers are out on patrol with ordinary uniformed officers.

The units included in this division are:

  • Patrol Unit
  • Traffic Unit
  • SWAT Team
  • Mounted Unit
  • Motor Unit
  • Harbor Unit
  • Air Mobile Unit

Criminal Investigative Division

The Criminal Investigative Division, headed by a CID Chief, is responsible for investigating crimes. Any sworn personnel may serve in the CID after serving a minimum number of years on the job. It includes the following units:

  • Forensic Science Unit
  • Accident Investigation Unit
  • Robbery-Homicide Unit
  • Narcotics Violations Unit
  • Vice Unit
  • Cold Cases Unit
  • Special Victims Unit
  • Juvenile Unit
  • Missing Persons Unit
  • Commercial Crimes Unit
  • Organized Crime Unit
  • Cyber Crimes Unit

Specialized Units Division

Like many departments real and fictional, the ECPD includes a number of specialized units, all headed by the Specialized Units Chief:

  • Mass Transit Unit
  • Housing Unit
  • K-9 Unit
  • Ordnance Disposal Unit
  • Media Production Unit

Behavioral Inquiries Division

The Behavioral Inquiries Division investigates all allegations of officer misconduct, whether reported by civilians or other officers. It is comprised of six senior police officials as well as six civilian officials. It also conducts audits on various investigations and on the disciplinary system in order to ensure that it is being applied in a fair and honest manner.

Administrative Services Division

Headed by an Administrative Services Chief, this Division is responsible for collecting crime statistics, analyzing said statistics and holding weekly meetings with the Chief and Division Chiefs.

Ranks

  • Chief
  • Division Chief
  • Commander
  • Deputy Commander
  • Major
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Officer III
  • Officer II
  • Officer
  • Probationer

Uniforms

Patrol officers wear a light blue polyester/cotton shirt with navy blue pants, black leather shoes and a navy blue eight-pointed peaked cap. The Summer version has short sleeves, while the Winter version has long sleeves and a navy blue clip-on necktie with silver tie bar (Officers and Corporals) or gold tie bar (Sergeants on up).

Badges are five-pointed stars with an officer's sector number, rank, "ECPD" and badge number with Department seal in the center, and are either nickel (Officers and Corporals) or gold (Sergeants on up).

During the winter, officers are authorized to wear a navy blue M65 field jacket or a Vanson Force leather jacket.

Mounted and motor officers wear a midnight blue/light blue Super Seer S-1602 motorcycle helmet, which is similar to the S-1619 general duty helmets worn by ordinary patrol officers under special circumstances. Mounted and motor officers also wear black leather Dehner boots in place of ordinary shoes, as well as navy blue breeches with French Blue stripes.

The SWAT uniform is a navy blue jumpsuit with black combat boots, knee/elbow pads, Kevlar gloves, NIJ Level IV body armor and M1 steel helmet painted navy blue with a horizontal white stripe around the helmet.

For dress purposes, officers wear a navy blue reefer coat and black leather gauntlets.

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Equipment

All officers' duty belts have a service weapon + extra ammo, nightstick, TASER, pepper spray, Motorola radio, Mag-Lite and (optionally) a pocket knife. Officers are required to wear bulletproof vests of at least an NIJ Level II rating. The standard-issue pistol is the Beretta 96 in .40 S&W. Any officers who carried M1911A1s, revolvers or any other handguns prior to the changeover are grandfathered in. Officers are still allowed to carry a revolver for backup or off-duty purposes. They also have an Ithaca 37 shotgun and an Uzi in their patrol cars.

Aside from being a standard-issue SWAT weapon, the M16 is also available to Sector Rifle Units (SRUs), carried in the trunk of the vehicle. The SWAT Team also makes use of other special equipment, including M79 grenade launchers, battering rams, rappelling equipment and breaching charges.

Vehicles

The standard patrol car of the ECPD is the Chevrolet Biscayne four-door sedan with the 454 ci Big Block V8. The paintjob is French Blue with white doors and roof. The Department's motto is emblazoned on the rear doors. The rear fenders have the sector number and "DIAL 623". Unit numbers are on the front fender, trunk lid and license plates. Speaking of plates, they are colored white with blue letters and say "POLICE" on the bottom. SRUs can be identified by a diamond on the license plate to the left of the unit number.

Each car is given numerous pieces of warning equipment. Primary visual warning is provided by a Federal Signal TwinSonic 12F lightbar with blue lenses. The headlights and taillights have "wig-wag" flashers installed. There are also dual Unity spotlights mounted on the fenders, the left one having a green lens in accordance with Emerald City regulations. For audible warning, each car has a Federal Signal PA200 "Interceptor" electronic siren, connected to a Federal Signal TS100 speaker in the lightbar.

Other equipment used includes a Motorola Mocom 70 radio, Waverman portable computer, Federal Signal license plate reader, portable defibrillator, fire extinguisher and first aid kit. All cars are equipped with divider cages. CB radios can be installed, but officers are responsible for buying the radios themselves.

Sergeants drive Chevrolet Blazers with similar equipment loadouts as the ordinary patrol cars. The current motorcycle is the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide. The SWAT Team makes use of various vehicles, including the Grumman step van and Cadillac-Gage Commando armored car. The Air Mobile unit uses the UH-1 "Huey". It is rumored that the ECPD Hueys may be equipped with the M134 minigun or Browning M2 .50 cal on a door mount, but there is no evidence to back such statements up.

Callsigns and radio procedures

Ordinary units are designated by Sector number + patrol area letter according to the ECPD phonetic alphabet, for example "19-Boy".

Here's an example of a typical radio call from an officer to HQ for a driver making an illegal right turn:

OFFICER: "19-Boy to HQ."
HQ: "19-Boy, go ahead."
OFFICER: "I’ve spotted a vehicle making an illegal right turn, at (insert location here). Suspect vehicle is a (insert information about vehicle including make, model, color and type), tag number (insert license plate number here). Suspect vehicle is wanted for traffic violation only at this time."
HQ: "19-Boy, 10-4."

Though the ECPD generally prefers plain language in communications, a few codes are used, such as "Code 2" for responding without lights and siren, "Code 3" for responding with lights and siren, and "Code 4" for situation resolved. "10-4" means "acknowledged".

Community policing

Prior to the Great War, Mayor Helmut O'Malley proposed a new community policing program. This program – known as the Citizen-Officer Relations Effort, or CORE – intends to improve relations between the citizenry and the police. One way of doing so is by increasing the number of foot patrol officers. In doing so, the officers are more likely to get to know community members and become more aware of community happenings, and it is hoped that people will be more apt to come to police officers for help.

Commendations

  • Medal of Excellence: The highest honor that can be bestowed upon an officer. It is given to those who go above and beyond the call of duty at extreme risk to one’s safety, with knowledge of said risks.
  • Medal of Liberty: This honor is given to officers who go the extra mile to ensure the freedom of every citizen in the city, although it doesn’t necessarily require extreme risks to one’s safety.
  • Medal of Heroism: This honor is given to officers who go above and beyond the call of duty, showing a complete disregard for the risks involved.
  • Medal of Fairness: This honor is given to officers who use exceptional judgment and/or skills in order to defuse dangerous and/or stressful situations.
  • Medal of Life: This honor is given to officers who take action to rescue a fellow officer or citizen from a life-threatening situation of any sort.
  • Medal of Community: This honor is given to officers who implement an idea that improves conditions within the community.
  • Medal of Innovation: This honor is given to officers who successfully submit an idea for a procedure or device that improves Department operations in an administrative or tactical capacity.
  • Medal of Integrity – Gold: This honor is given to officers who maintain clean disciplinary records for ten years.
  • Medal of Integrity – Silver: This honor is given to officers who maintain clean disciplinary records for five years.
  • Medal of Integrity – Bronze: This honor is given to officers who maintain clean disciplinary records for one year.
  • Medal of Service – Gold: This honor is given to officers who have served for thirty years.
  • Medal of Service – Silver: This honor is given to officers who have served for fifteen years.
  • Medal of Service – Bronze: This honor is given to officers who have served for five years.
  • Purple Star: This honor is given to officers who are gravely injured or killed in the line of duty.
  • Medal of Marksmanship – Gold: This honor is given to officers who attain at least a score of at least 950 out of 1000 on the pistol range.
  • Medal of Marksmanship – Silver: This honor is given to officers who attain at least a score of at least 900 out of 1000 on the pistol range.
  • Medal of Marksmanship – Bronze: This honor is given to officers who attain at least a score of at least 850 out of 1000 on the pistol range.
    • NOTE: Attaining a Medal of Marksmanship earns an officer bonus pay, which varies depending on the medal attained.

Fallen officers

Since the ECPD's inception, 1,337 police officers have been killed in the line of duty. The causes of death are as follows:

Aircraft accident 31
Animal (non-humanoid)-related 160
Asphyxiation 3
Automotive accident 115
Bicycle accident 13
Boating accident 8
Bomb 16
Drowning 5
Duty-related illness 16
Electrocution 7
Exposure 2
Fall 13
Fire 16
Gunfire 564
Gunfire (accidental) 33
Heart attack 45
Heat exhaustion 2
Motorcycle accident 139
Stabbing 39
Struck by automobile 20
Struck by streetcar 9
Struck by train 17
Structure collapse 5
Training accident 6
Vehicular assault 37
Vehicular pursuit 16

Controversies

Treatment of humans (Overlanders)

Since the Department's inception, there have been numerous cases where officers have mistreated humans. One such example is the case of John Bursden. Bursden was leaving a local convenience store when Officer Daniel Andrulius spotted him and ordered him to freeze. Bursden ignored the warning and kept walking. Andrulius issued a second warning, which was when Bursden stopped. Andrulius then cuffed Bursden and brought him to the 32nd Sector station, where he died in custody. The cause of death was revealed to be starvation. Andrulius claimed that Bursden was wanted for numerous robberies around the city, but the real culprit was apprehended a few days later. Andrulius and a few other officers were charged with gross misconduct and terminated.

The "Filthy 59th"

At one time, the 59th Sector was notorious for widespread corruption. Among other things, officers in this sector routinely murdered people for possession of drugs, kidnapped and raped prostitutes and paid gang leaders to put out hits on other cops, usually those who threatened to light a lamp on the whole thing. Eventually, Detective Joseph "Mad Joe" Hoskins, having conducted a private investigation into the matter, presented evidence before a grand jury, leading to the indictment of 104 officers and the termination or relocation of 237 more. After the trial, it was revealed that Hoskins had shot other officers who had been engaging in misconduct. As a result, he was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Beating of Alberto Fabrizi

Alberto Fabrizi, a recent immigrant, was pulled over by Officers Paul Hutson and Ronald Krupp for running a red light. When Fabrizi presented his license, the officers cited him for having an invalid license. Hutson then asked Fabrizi to step out of the car. When Fabrizi refused, Hutson dragged him out of the car, and both officers repeatedly struck him with their nightsticks. Fabrizi survived the beating, but with severe injuries, including fractured ribs. Hutson and Krupp were charged with using excessive force and were suspended without pay. Fabrizi won a settlement of 1,300,000 Mobiums.

Park Hill subway attack

Officer Neal Hussein was seen chasing Fabiana Smith into the Park Hill Subway Station. Eyewitnesses said that they had seen Hussein catch up to Smith, and after a brief struggle, threw her onto the train tracks, where she was struck by a train and killed. Hussein later claimed that he saw Smith shoplifting a cell phone, but no phone was found on her person other than her own. He was found guilty of unjustifiable force and terminated. The Smith family won a M3,000,000 settlement as well.

Shooting of Alvaro Johnson

Officer Val Micheletti had apprehended Alvaro Johnson for the attempted robbery of a library. While in the back seat of the patrol car, Johnson was shot in the chest and later died in the hospital. Micheletti said that Johnson had been uncooperative and that he intended to reach for his TASER, but grabbed his service weapon by accident. However, eyewitnesses said that Johnson had been largely cooperative when being placed in the patrol car. Furthermore, an inspection of Micheletti's duty belt revealed that the placement of the TASER was nowhere near his service weapon. As a result, Micheletti was found guilty of unjustifiable force and terminated.

In popular culture

The ECPD has been featured in numerous media:

  • The movie The Filthy 59th was based on the 59th Sector corruption scandal.
  • One of the most notable portrayals of the Department is in the TV series Emerald City Blue. Part of the Emerald City Trilogy, Emerald City Blue explores different divisions and units of the Department, including Patrol, CID and SWAT. This series is also noted for the extensive cooperation and technical expertise provided by the Department.
  • The video game Laser Cops puts players in control of an ECPD officer in the future, whose mission is to stop a gang that is attempting to send futuristic technology back in time to alter world history in their favor.
  • The Lonely Lawman series of novels by Patricia DeSilva center around an ECPD detective named John Trautman and the cases he takes on.

Appearances

The ECPD makes its first appearance in "Wir sind Menschen", when Officer Joseph Courtney shoots Ferdinand Rozmiarek during a traffic stop, thereby bringing about unrest not only in Emerald City, but the rest of the Kingdom of Mobius. Detective Sergeant Jim Stauerbach and Detective Hank Moroder also investigate Shadow the Hedgehog's vigilante campaign in the city. The ECPD also works together with the Royal Mobian Constabulary to provide security at the International Festival of Community.

Trivia

  • The navy blue ceremonial overcoat is nicknamed a "234" after its Anchor Uniforms stock number: 234MW.
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