A Shield For Hire: The Law in Apsis City [WIP]

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hexslinger
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A Shield For Hire: The Law in Apsis City [WIP]

Post by hexslinger » Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:51 am

Most law enforcement in Apsis City can be broadly defined as two groups: the Ministry of City Safety's Public Security Bureau - colloquially known as PubSec - and the private-sector law enforcement agencies, or PLEAs.

PubSec can be thought of as the elevator's equivalent of state police. PubSec has a reputation for being incorruptible, an incredibly daunting proposition in a profit-driven society like Apsis City. While there are exceptions, it is also known that MOCS is ruthless in persecuting cases of corruption and graft in their law enforcement arm. PubSec is directly involved in investigations of smuggling, counterfeiting, murder, frauds or thefts in excessive of 10,000 sovereigns, and threats to the city or elevator itself, including terrorism. PubSec has eight divisions, each charged with handling specific areas of law enforcement, and access to the finest technology and training that the considerable coffers of the Elevator Regulatory Board can afford. Further, individuals with Aspect Submergence Training are far more numerous amongst PubSec's officers than in the private sector, and the agency also has several Gifted officers as well. Fortunately for those who operate in the gray areas of Apsis City, encounters with PubSec are relatively uncommon so long as appropriate caution is shown.

It is more common to see private-sector police agents. Most commonly referred to simply as "police," they have numerous other obfuscating nicknames in the vernacular of Apsis City, often referring to a local company's livery or emblem. The police agencies compete for contracts over a regulated district, and provide law enforcement services within the districts they win contracts for. Competition can be extremely fierce, and on a few occasions, actually turned violent. The president of Blackwell Protection Services (BPS), a large and popular police agency, was assassinated by Gifted mercenaries at a restaurant. These mercenaries were hired by a rival company, Trident Security. It was a major scandal, and lead to broad reforms for the industry and the dismantling of Trident Security. It also lead to a still-smoldering resentment between the private-sector police and PubSec; BPS wanted to handle the investigation but were barred from doing so, and the CEO of Trident was only given a financially-crippling fine and exiled for life from the elevator. It did not help matters that Trident Security's assets were bought by the former CEO's son, who used them to start a new company called Trishula Security Unlimited. (That a trishula happens to be a three-pronged spear that is identical to a trident is not lost on critics of this outcome.)

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