Law Enforcement in Auresia

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Law enforcement in the Auresian Empire operates and conducts itself according to a standardised system that governs all facets of police operations. This structure is governed by laws, codes, and protocols that are established and enacted via Acts of Parliament.

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Overview

As with all facets of law in the Empire, law enforcement and matters concerning all aspects of it are regulated by the relevant titles within the Imperial Book of Codes, the master compendium of all laws within the country. Its own operations and protocols are governed by Title 23 (Law Enforcement) while its handling of criminal and civil issues are governed under Title 14 (Crimes & Criminal Procedure) and Title 49 (Welfare & Institutions). The law enforcement systems of the Empire work closely with the Imperial Courts, and are overseen by the Department of Public Security, a branch of the Home Office.

The law enforcement services of the Empire have a reputation for being courteous and efficient, but firm and no-nonsense. According to law, as passed by Parliament, an officer can give any citizen a lawful command, and they are required to obey it. Police follow a strict sequence for dealing with difficult individuals, known as "Ask, Tell, Make". They will give an individual one chance to peacefully comply with a request before said request becomes an order. If the individual continue to refuse, they will use all reasonable means to gain their compliance.

Departmental Structure

At the top of any police force, regardless of municipality size, sits the Superintendent of Police. This individual is the chief law enforcement officer in that municipality, answering to both the mayor and to the governor of the prefecture. Any officer with a minimum of twenty years of service and holding the rank of chief inspector can be considered to serve in this post. They are nominated and approved by the mayor and the city council.

Directly underneath the Superintendent is at least one Deputy Superintendent, regardless of municipality size, who is the second-in-command of that police force. They answer to the mayor and the superintendent, and on occasion as necessary, to the governor of the prefecture. Their primary function is to serve as acting superintendent in the event the superintendent themselves is unable to perform their duties for any reason, be it infirmity or a holiday. Similarly, this person coordinates daily operations of the force and reports regular status updates to the superintendent.

In any city - that term referring to any municipality of 100,000 people or more - the police force has fifteen bureaux, split into three arms - general operations, investigations, and enforcement. The first consists of those bureaux which are responsible for administrative and support duties centered mainly on assisting the work of the other two, the second investigates all crimes, and the third provides field police presence.

The general operations arm of a police force consists of the following bureaux - Administrative Services, responsible for daily general police operations; Intelligence, which analyzes the details of crime in the municipality and provides information and recommendations on addressing these issues; Internal Affairs, which handles internal enforcement of police conduct; Public Relations, which maintains links between the police force and the community; Scientific Investigations, which provides forensic analysis of materials as part of the execution of any investigation; and Training, which provides the instruction and development required for police officers of any rank to carry out their duties.

The investigations arm of a police force consists of the following bureaux - Fraud, which investigates such crimes as forgery, bunco, identity theft, etc; Juvenile, which investigates all criminal matters involving individuals under the age of sixteen; Narcotics, which investigates all crimes involving controlled substances; Organized Crime, which investigates all criminal activities connected to the cartello; Robbery / Homicide, which investigates all crimes of theft, murder, and homicide; and, Vice, which handles all crimes related to gambling, prostitution, pornography, and alcohol.

The enforcement arm of a police force consists of the following bureaux - Patrol, which covers all police officers who regularly maintain a visible presence in their assigned areas, via either a foot patrol or a motorized patrol; Special Operations, which provides support in the event of riots, natural disasters, and other unusual occurrences; and, Traffic, which consists of police officers dedicated specifically to monitoring traffic and pedestrian flows in the municipality. The enforcement arm of a force is always the largest by number of personnel.

Typically, in any municipality smaller than a city, the general operations and investigations arms of the force are compressed into small units of anywhere between five and fifty personnel who handle all relevant matters accordingly. In each instance, the only units will remain distinctly separate, commonly due to the specialized services involved, will be the Scientific Investigations and Administrative Services sections. In such situations, these combined units will be overseen by officers of the rank of chief inspector.

Structure Overview

  • Office of the Superintendent
    • Office of the Deputy Superintendents
  • General Operations Bureaux
    • Administrative Services
    • Intelligence
    • Internal Affairs
    • Public Relations
    • Scientific Investigations
    • Training
  • Investigations Bureaux
    • Fraud
    • Juvenile
    • Narcotics
    • Organized Crime
    • Robbery / Homicide
    • Vice
  • Enforcement Bureaux
    • Patrol
    • Special Operations
    • Traffic

Rank Structure

  • Superintendent of Police (Soprintendente)
    • top supervisory rank
    • commands an municipal police force
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vice Soprintendente)
    • serves as second in command of a municipal police force
    • additional officers of this rank oversee a police force bureau (only in cities)
  • Chief Inspector (Capo Ispettore)
    • fourth supervisory rank
    • oversees a division (primarily in cities only)
    • minimum of five years service as a senior inspector is required to qualify for this rank
  • Senior Inspector (Anziano Ispettore)
    • third supervisory rank
    • oversees a precinct
    • minimum of five years service as an inspector is required to qualify for this rank
  • Inspector (Ispettore)
    • second supervisory rank, overseeing duty shifts
    • detective inspectors are the senior rank of investigators
    • minimum of five years service as a sergeant is required to qualify for this rank
  • Sergeant (Sergente)
    • first rank supervisors
    • detective sergeants are the junior rank of investigators
    • minimum of five years service as a constable is required to qualify for this rank
  • Constable (Poliziotto)
    • rank and file law enforcement officers

Unit Structure

  • Sectors - three to five divisions; only in large cities
  • Division - five precincts
  • Precinct - 25-50 police

Evaluations

All applicants to a law enforcement career in the Empire are required to be thoroughly vetted prior to being accepted for training. Certain physical criteria must be met prior to their being submitted for the examination series. They can have no criminal record, they must have served at least a five-year term in the Imperial Armed Forces, be a minimum of 170 centimeters tall, and be at least 21 years of age. They are required to first pass five different examinations - written, oral, medical, personality evaluation, and agility. If they complete all five with satisfactory ratings, they are accepted to the prefectural academy, where they undertake a six month training and education regimen. It alternates periods of field work under supervision with classroom courses on various subjects, including law, self defence, patrol tactics, firearms usage, first aid, and so on.

After one full year in uniform, a constable can seek to apply and qualify for specialization with any of the enforcement bureaux in the municipal force they serve in. After five years of service as a constable, any qualified officer can apply for the examinations to be promoted to sergeant. Every five years of service in rank thereafter, they can apply for additional promotions, when available and if qualified.

A rank and file constable fresh on the job out of the academy earns around ƒ1,500 a year. They are guaranteed an automatic rise every year during their first three years, and merit-based rises every year thereafter.

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