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The Raccoon City Police Department (RPD) was a municipal law enforcement agency based in the Midwestern United States. Its operations jurisdiction covered the City of Raccoon and its surrounding villages on the outskirts of town.
The main precinct was established in the late-1980s, converted from a former art museum located in Downtown Raccoon City on Ennerdale Street, one of the city's primary thoroughfares. Chief Brian Irons was instrumental in the purchase, acting as mediator on the deal and making several suggestions. It is unknown if there were other precincts, although it is likely there were multiple smaller stations, due to the size of the city.
During the "Bright Raccoon 21" project launched in the early-1990s, the force received funding from various local companies, such as the Umbrella Corporation, allowing the establishment of a broad array of specialized services, including K9, SWAT, and bomb disposal. From 1996-1998, counter-terrorism, bomb disposal, and anti-organized crime services were represented by the Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.), a military-style law enforcement unit.
Collusion with UmbrellaEdit
In addition to Umbrella's involvement during funding of the "Bright Raccoon 21" project, company researchers William Birkin and his wife Annette Birkin were actively bribing Chief Irons to help conceal the existence of the company's underground laboratory and their illicit activities.
Following the events of the Mansion Incident, Irons barred investigation into Umbrella at the direct request of Birkin, causing the surviving members of S.T.A.R.S. to organize their own private investigation of the company and the Chief.
Raccoon City OutbreakEdit
On September 24th, 1998, a riot broke out at Raccoon Stadium during the Raccoon Sharks game. A large number of officers were called to the scene. As the attacks spread into the city, there was a subsequent shortage of officers to aid the situation. As a result, the officers on duty enacted a cleanup operation.
On the 25th, the officers at the main precinct were attacked by zombies and struggled to survive for several days.
The patrol officers of the Raccoon City Police Department wore a uniform consisting of a light blue shirt with an RPD logo on each sleeve and a pair of navy trousers with black patrol boots. Some officers wore a navy/black tie, a police cap, or both. Officers in Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles are shown wearing white shirts, maybe because of a possible uniform change from white as the RPD's summer shirt color and due to the Raccoon City Destruction Incident in September–October 1998 causing so much trouble, officers would have been too busy to change their uniforms from white to blue as a possible fall uniform.
The SWAT uniform consisted of fingerless gloves, a heavy dark navy/blue short or long sleeve shirt with body armor on the torso and matching pants. They were also depicted wearing elbow and knee pads, bulletproof vests, RPD caps, bomber jackets, balaclavas, and riot helmets.
Tony, a member of the K-9 Unit, was shown wearing a dark blue tee-shirt and pants as well as a cap on his head. This suggests that this was the standard uniform for members of this unit.
S.T.A.R.S. personnel wore an undershirt with the S.T.A.R.S. emblem over the left sleeve and a Kevlar tactical vest suited for each operative's skills and specialty. For example, Chris Redfield's vest was equipped with a sheath for his combat knife, while Rebecca Chamber's vest prominently displayed a red cross on the back – the international symbol of a medical assistance officer. Each member was allowed to choose their color for his/her uniform (e.g., green for Redfield and red for Barry Burton). The exception to this rule was Jill Valentine, who wore not just an undershirt, but also shoulder pads attached at the waist and a blue beret, while Richard Aiken sported an undershirt with the RPD emblem on the right sleeve.
Organization and structure Edit
The Raccoon City Police Department was comprised of several divisions, including Patrol Division, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), the Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S), and a K-9 Unit. Information about these divisions is given below:
The Patrol Division was the backbone of the RPD, containing some of the most recognizable division members in the city. They provided a round the clock service both on foot and by patrol car to the residents of Raccoon City. During the Raccoon City Destruction Incident, these officers were pushed to their limits in dealing with the many hordes of undead creatures overrunning the city while protecting civilians who were trying to escape the city. They sustained heavy casualties but still kept their determination and integrity intact.
Special Tactics And Rescue ServiceEdit
- Main article: Special Tactics and Rescue Service
The Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.) was founded in April 1996 to combat hostage-taking, terrorism, bank robbery, and other incidents where suspects posed a dangerous threat to public safety. S.T.A.R.S. was also specialized in search and rescue operations (hence its name). The team itself was more of an associated agency than a true member of the police force. For example, Rebecca Chambers had only recently graduated from university at the age of eighteen with a degree in medicine, and lacked suitable police training. Her membership in the team was only to stand in as a medic. As a law enforcement agency, they still retained the Power of Arrest, as evident by Rebecca placing Billy Coen under arrest in July 1998.
- Main article: Raccoon SWAT
The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) was created to replace S.T.A.R.S. after the unit was disbanded following its disastrous operation at Arklay mountain. Like its predecessor, SWAT personnel were specially trained to deal with high risk operations and incidents of violent crime. The members of this team were highly skilled in the use of many weapons and were all in top physical and mental condition.
The K-9 unit consisted of specially trained officers and their dogs – all police dogs were Doberman Pinschers at the suggestion of Chief Irons. They would have been a valuable asset to the RPD. During the viral outbreak, this unit was completely annihilated by the t-Virus, with all of the department's dogs becoming infected, and running amok around the basement of the station. [notes 1] The only known officer from this unit was Tony.
Below is a list of known members of the Raccoon City Police Department.
|Aaron||Officer||Deceased as of Sept 28, 1998|
|Andy||Officer||Deceased as of Sept 27, 1998|
|Arthur||Officer||Deceased as of Sept 24, 1998|
|Branagh, Marvin||Officer||Deceased as of Sept 29, 1998|
|Dooley, Kevin||Pilot||Deceased as of July 23, 1998|
|Douglas, Raymond||Officer||Deceased as of Sept 24, 1998|
|Officer||Deceased as of September 26, 1998|
|Edward, Elliot||Officer||Deceased as of September 29, 1998|
|Elliott||Officer||Deceased as of Sept 24, 1998|
|Ford, David||Officer||Deceased as of September 27, 1998|
|Irons, Brian||Chief of Police||Deceased as of September 29, 1998|
|Kennedy, Leon Scott||Officer||Alive|
|Tony||Dog Handler||Deceased bet. September 27/8, 1998|
The Raccoon City Police Department's fleet of vehicles initially used the 1979-1990 Chevy Caprices as the standard patrol vehicle,[notes 2] though in its final years, it began replacing them with the 1992-1997 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
The RPD used Aérospatiale/Eurocopter AS350B police helicopter for air patrol  and provided a further two UH-1 helicopters for S.T.A.R.S. operations, one of which was damaged during the a mission into the Arklay Mountains.
The Raccoon City Police Department possessed a variety of weapons for its officers.
The standard RPD sidearm was the Beretta 92F, which was issued to many officers. Other RPD officers were provided with Hecker & Koch VP70s, which could be modified within the main building. The Browning Hi-Power was also provided. SWAT officer Kevin Ryman was known to have used a Colt M1911 while on-duty, though this may have been a personal firearm allowed for use. Desert Eagles were also in service for the RPD for use against heavily armored criminals, with at least one model known to have the RPD emblem on it. The S.T.A.R.S. vault also contained either a S&W Model 629 or H&K Penn Arms L1 Grenade Launcher.
SWAT personnel were provided with MP5 Submachine Guns. The M79 Grenade Launcher also found usage in the RPD as a crowd-control weapon. A final weapon known to have been used by the RPD was the Ingram M-11.
- ↑ Seen in the basement of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil Outbreak File 2
- ↑ In Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, it can be seen that 1983-1988 Ford LTD Crown Victoria's have been used in-game to replace the 1979-1990 Chevy Caprices seen in earlier titles such as RE2 and RE3.