Lore of the Week - Lawdogs, Agents, Investigators and Spies
July 24, 2017
North America is flush with law enforcement agencies, both public (government) and private. Many of these organizations send agents into other countries and territories in an effort to apprehend their own criminals and sometimes they even tell the government of said country that they are doing so. More often they do not.
The largest private security company is the Pinkerton National Detective Agency located in Chicago. Often used by wealthy business tycoons and the US Government as hired security or private armies, the Pinkertons operate with impunity within the US and disputed territory. They are often hired by the US Government to go into regions where US Marshals have no jurisdiction. They are not welcome in the CSA or Texas.
The governments of the USA, CSA, Texas, Deseret, and Canada have all established national law enforcement agencies. Each agency operates in a slightly different way and is managed in ways unique to the country from which they hail.
In the USA, the US Marshal Service has existed since 1789. An arm of the Federal Court system, they are the local representative of the federal government whose primary function is to serve writs (e.g., subpoenas, summonses, warrants), and other process issued by the courts, make all the arrests, and handle all federal prisoners. Marshals are appointed by the district judge and may appoint deputies and form posse’s to apprehend wanted criminals in their district.
The Frontier Marshals are the CSA’s answer to the need for a law enforcement agency with the mission to cross borders to catch criminals. These rough and ready men and women are often found in pairs traveling into disputed territories to capture criminals with arrest warrants issued by the CSA judicial system. They are also the local law enforcement for the Confederate State of Sequoyah, until the state establishes its own law enforcement system.
Mounties is the common name for members of the North-West Mounted Police. A national police force established to patrol and maintain the peace in all Dominion territory West of Manitoba. They patrol the border, as well as fulfill law enforcement and also act as intelligence agents. They have been known to cross into the United States and First Nation of the Plains in order to get their man.
The Texas Rangers are both a military and law enforcement agency. Reporting to the Adjutant General, the Rangers have companies of troopers that patrol along the border of the country looking for renegade natives, and Mexican spies. These troopers are also the local law enforcement and assist local sheriffs with keeping the peace, though sometimes it is the sheriff making the trouble. The Rangers also have a wing known as the Special Forces, whose function is to protect the President, and cross borders to capture criminals, or act as intelligence agents, and government representatives.
The Deseret Nation Police Force is 300 man strong agency. Each district of Deseret has several police officers assigned to act as local law enforcement for the bishops in the region. These officers do not cross borders, but will chase a criminal to the edge of Deseret to ensure if they leave that they stay out.
Historical Notes – The Dept. of Justice was established by Pres. Grant in 1870. Given Grant is never president the formation of the DOJ has not yet occurred. The US Marshal Service reports to the Attorney General of the Unites States. The US Marshal Service in our game operates as it would have during the same period in real history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marshals_Service
Game Notes – No character may be part of any of the named law enforcement agencies, public or private, without approval from the Storyteller Team.