Ten years ago, after a lifetime of service to the city of San Paro and its people, Byeong Lee retired from his position as deputy commissioner of the SPPD. He had done all he could, he felt, and it was time to make way for a younger man. He recommended to the commissioner that August Carter be promoted to be his replacement. Carter was a good man, even if he and Byeong had had various disagreements over the years - principally over the use of lethal force by the SPPD in the discharge of their normal duties - and Byeong had a feeling that deputy commissioner would not be the last rung on the career ladder that Carter would climb to. For himself, Byeong was looking forward to his retirement in the quiet oceanside district of Prentiss. Two of his children also lived there, and he enjoyed the thought of being able to spend time with his grandchildren, a duty he had sadly neglected too often in his time the SPPD, as the city's escalating crime problem made continued demands of the attention and time of the men and women who had sworn to protect their fellow citizens.
Ten years on, Byeong's not so sure he made the right decision. In truth, his retirement wasn't entirely voluntary. At the commissioner's request, he had written a blue sky thinking report on possible solutions to the stratospheric increase in violent and armed crime in San Paro. Some of the suggestions in the report - relaxation on shoot to kill rules for SPPD officers coming up against armed felons, detention centres for suspected violent criminals, the creation of armed (but closely supervised) citizen's militia groups to ease the pressure on an under-manned police department - raised eyebrows among SPPD top brass. However, it wasn't until someone at the mayor's office - looking to score points off the Department - leaked the report to the press and put some spin on it that suggested the proposals were a lot more concrete than any of them actually were. Ironically, many of the same media commentators and op-ed writers who so viciously condemned Byeong's proposals at the time now call for many similar-sounding policies to be enacted today.
The press went wild, accusations of police state by stealth flew across San Paro's media, and the mayor's office demanded Byeong's head on a plate. His early retirement was the deal negotiated with the mayor's office by the then-commissioner, a fundamentally decent but ineffectual man. Had he stayed on, and perhaps succeeded the commissioner as head of the SPPD, Byeong always wondered if things would have turned out differently; if he would have been able to stop the rot, or if San Paro would still have slid into the anarchy and state of daily mayhem that it exists in today.
Byeong has watched the city and its police department slowly disintegrate over the last ten years. He supports the City Security Act, but thinks it probably came years too late and still doesn't go far enough. Looking ten years ahead, he foresees a San Paro divided up into a series of isolated fortress communities - good people banding together for mutual defence - surrounded by a landscape of urban lawlessness. It's not exactly the world he hoped his grandchildren would grow up to become part of, but it's a helluva lot better than the alternative; the entire city as one big free-fire zone. Prentiss could be the model for one of these fortress communities; surrounded by water on at least two sides, and easily defensible, with an affluent, motivated population and a strong shared community spirit.
What he needed, though, were footsoldiers to stand guard on its walls. He looked around, and he found the Tigers. Sure, they were kids, most of them too young to even have graduated from police academy, but they were motivated, and they had already started organising themselves. They had got lucky a few times already, but sooner or later their luck was going to run out, unless they had someone to show them the ropes and point them in the right direction.
Byeong was commander of the SPPD SWAT division for eight years. Byeong knows weapons. Byeong knows tactics and counter-insurgency measures. He slots easy into the Tigers, part team coach, part combat advisor. And he's got a personal stake in their success too now; his grand-daugher Joo-eun is one of them. Every time he plans a Tigers op, he always assumes she might be part of it, and he always does everything he can to keep all his kids alive.
Subject Some reflections
My generation have made so many mistakes. I apologize for that, since we have left your generation to deal with them all.
We squabbled among ourselves over whose fault it was, all of us avoiding our own share of the blame, when we could have been trying to solve the problem.
When we did talk about solving it, we ignored the most direct and effective answer and turned on each other again.
Anyway, enough lectures from old man Byeong. My thanks - for being part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
Thoughts of the day.
You know, of course, that I used be to be with the SPPD. What gives it away? My belief in the need for strong and protective law and order, or all the memos, directives and dress code updates that crazy old man Byeong bores you all with?
Forgive me. The habits of a lifetime are hard to break.
Ive been retired for ten years. In that time, Ive seen this city become everything I tried to warn my colleagues about. For that, I was accused of being alarmist, and was forced out and made the scapegoat for the mistakes of others.
As they say, a prophet is without honor in his own land.
Too little, too late?
It amuses me, seeing public officials implementing hard-line anti-crime policies, and media pundits applauding them for it.
Many of these people are the same ones who demanded my head on a stick ten years ago, when I first formulated those policies.
I support Derren and her City Security Act (how could I not? I am the original architect of many of its features), but I wonder if both she and it havent come too late to save us.
It should have happened long ago, when we could have met the crime issue head-on. Now, I fear, were just racing to try and catch up with it.
Why I joined the Tigers.
I was impressed by the Tigers immediately. Many of them were not even old enough for the SPPD Academy, but they had achieved more than many veteran cops I have known.
They were motivated and highly capable at least, in the limited scope of the operations they had been running so far but they lacked experience and tactical acumen.
I had both, and offered my services. An easy decision. I believed in what they were doing, and my grand-daughter Joo-eun was by then one of them.
Every time I plan an operation, I assume she may be part of it. I do what I can to keep all of them safe.
Do you know what really caused my fall from grace? The model I suggested for the San Paro of the future. It frightened everyone too much.
The city divided into fortress communities good people protecting themselves against the lawlessness beyond their immediate borders. Not ideal, Ill grant you, but better than the alternative the whole city lost, with no safe havens anywhere.
We are almost at that point. Many areas cannot be defended. Let the criminals have them, and kill each other fighting over them. We can marshal our resources in those areas worth defending.
Prentiss is the model for this. If it works here, then others may follow.
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Subject Biography: Fourche Bank (Part 2)
The SPPD facility at Fourche Bank was reactivated as a matter of priority, the extra funding needed to finish it - funds that hadn't been available to the SPPD - coming from organisations such as the Praetorians, and from a new and unexpected source: the Federal government.
The Feds had, up until now, been maintaining a careful wait-and-watch policy on what was happening in San Paro, but San Paro was just a few stages further down the same road from many cities elsewhere in the country, all of them with a crime problem now approaching critical mass. There were those within the government who thought the San Paro experiment might be the answer to what many consider to be a rapidly-approaching national crisis, while others were fearful of the long-term consequences of surrendering city streets to armed militias, and were opposed to the CSA initiative.
Whatever the reasons for Federal involvement, whether was a sign of tacit support for the radical Derren program, or a desire to maintain some kind of central control over the training and organisation of the enforcement groups, the new CSA Facility - now unofficially rechristened 'Fort Derren' by the wags at City Hall - was soon open for business. Behind the latest anti-terrorist defences made possible by Federal funding, the place soon proved its worth as a place where Enforcer organisations could pool resources and share intel. And where, it was quietly hoped, some of the wilder and more radical groups operating under CSA licence could be monitored and subtly brought to heel. If any residents of the now not-so-quiet streets of the Bank had misgivings about the imposing fortress-like compound now looming over them at the crest of the hill, they were soon mollified by the realisation that their small district was suddenly statistically the safest in the entire city, with the constant traffic of Enforcer group members and Facility staff personnel coming and going from the compound pretty much keeping the surrounding streets crime-free.
Also based at the Bank, making use of some of the sophisticated equipment left behind by the military, is the Dispatch Net, tying the city's disparate law enforcement organisations together and uniting them in one shared and secure communications system. If they train together, R&R together and talk on the radio together, then eventually, Mayor Derren reasons, they're going to start working together.
When San Paro was first built, there was a watchtower on the hill standing guard over its citizens and protecting them from danger. Centuries later, there's still one there.
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Level Name 10 Shock and Awe (15 Joker Tickets)
We're going to try and new tack for a moment. <col: Yellow>Kill a notoriety 5 Criminal.</col> Cut off the head of the snake and the body will die soon after. Mmhm, I don't think it'll work either but it's worth a shot.
Kill <col: Yellow>1</col> Notoriety five Criminal.