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The Legal System

On the one hand, the law for norms hasn't changed much in the intervening years; on the other, the general knowledge of supranormals' existence and how they are handled is an issue unto itself and there were ramifications across the board. For instance, almost all crimes now force the question, "Is a supranormal involved?" - and "Should the SEA be involved?"

It's true that cops are warier now when responding to calls than they once were, and response times have increased because of this. Simply reporting a crime has become an involved process, sometimes taking longer than the crime itself! Operators want to make sure they don't send average, underarmed forces into the field to deal with an overpowering threat. But most locales simply don't have the funds to put into extra training and equipment, and the SEA is not yet large enough to cover literally every place in America - it has a hard enough time covering every neighborhood in Megacity!

PSUs aren't effective unless you can get them on the supe, so few locations bother investing in them without having the funds for the training and other equipment average squads need to properly utilize them.

But make no mistake about it: there are still regular police forces and they can take down a supe, if pressed. SWAT teams still exist, along with tactical bomb squads and other specialist forces, and if they have to get involved - whether to delay the supe until an SEAgent arrives or to actually try and take one down on their own - they can. But a regular policeman can get lucky... and many supes have forgotten that, and regretted it.

Bullets still kill.


Let me begin by noting that the Policeman Sample Package (p. 129) work-up in the original Champions hardcover is for stylistic purposes only. I come to this conclusion by noting that the Rogue Package (presented alongside) also comes out to exactly 0, RC. They are, literally (as it says above them), samples. I present the following Policeman Package to be used, instead; at the very least, this package represents policemen from Megacity.

Policemen are at least Skilled Normals, but you may want one or two Normals (p. 133) as bumbling "Barney Fifes" or rookies.

Policemen must purchase the
Perk: Fringe Benefit -- Local Police Powers (2-pts., p. 44)

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Policeman Package

Cost
Val
Ability
1
8-
Fam: Small Arms
1
8-
Fam: Local Crime [1]
2
11-
KS: Criminal Law
2
11-
CK: [City of Operation]
2
-
Perk: Local Police Powers
3
(base)
Criminology [2]
3
(base)
Streetwise
3
(base)
Bureaucratics
6
(base)
2 from List [3]
-3
-
PACKAGE BONUS
-5
-
Dist Feat: Uniform
-13
-
Monitored by Local PD [4]
2
-
TOTAL PACKAGE COST
NOTES
  1. Familiarity with local criminals, active gangs, high crime areas, etc.
  2. At its most basic level (given here), this is really just knowledge in securing the crime scene and evidence. This confers no real detective abilities.
  3. Combat Driving, Concealment, Conversation, Forensics Work , Persuasion, Riding, Running (+1"), Shadowing.
    Though Running is suggested for all policemen (as foot chases are common), Riding refers specifically to those on horseback and Running is presented for foot patrolmen.
  4. More Pow., NCI, Limited, 14-
    It should be noted that while Megacity does not suffer from this problem (as they have a centralized police database for both criminals and employees), many cities have several PDs and no centralized employee database. It is not uncommon for a cop to be kicked out of one department and simply go to another in the same or another city.
Check Math and numbers for KS and etc. -- working from notes without book.

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