Saturday, January 17, 2015

How FURC Security Works

In addition to the multi-part posts that describe the shaping of each story, I’ve decided to write some ‘behind the story’ posts giving more detailed information on different aspects of the fictional worlds in which they take place.  These kinds of details only come out in the books when they’re needed, so a lot of this background remains obscure.  I’ll try to illuminate some of these things without being spoilery.

Did you want to know more about FURC Security?  I’ll have to start with how things worked before the beginning of book 1 when everything began to change.  At that time, Tony was the chief of Internal Security (though it’s usually just called Security) as opposed to External Security (which is always called the Guards and never by its proper name.)

Tony only had three officers in his department to start – Lisa Courdray, a former homicide detective, Michael Salazar, a ex-cop turned PI, and Bob Kirkland, a retired sheriff.  Those three were responsible for responding to and dealing with any potentially criminal activity inside the FURC.  All offenders and their cases would have to be handled administratively or be handed off to county or state law enforcement officials.

In addition, there were a number of student volunteers who worked as safety aides.  (Although these positions were unpaid, they did fulfill the work requirement for FedU students.)  Wearing teal caps and jackets with the FURC logo, they traveled in pairs at night, in little electric carts along the established paths criss-crossing the compound.  Their job was to escort lone pedestrians safely from point A to point B.

Meanwhile, Tony patrolled the out of the way areas of the compound when and where he was moved to, filled in for his officers when the need arose, and carried on his (basically) one-man counter-intelligence operation.

After the compound was sealed, all that changed.  Tony tried to upgrade his safety aides to security officers, but that plan was abandoned (as not everyone was suited to the job.)  So some remained safety aides and were relegated to clerical work, while a number became officers.  And the officers began to patrol the compound regularly, not just the well-traveled byways, but all the dark corners as well, as a deterrent to crime.  They looked for illicit behavior and responded to reports of trouble.  (Although the security officers have uniforms, black with gray piping, Tony generally leaves it to their discretion about whether or not they wear them and when.  As a result, officers generally wear civilian clothes on duty.)

And since turning over troublemakers to outside law enforcement is no longer an option, all cases have to be handled internally.  In the beginning the administration handled that, and constructed a detention center to hold offenders.  And Security is responsible for their custody.
Let me know if there are any other aspects of the Slowpocalypse and Watchbearers worlds you’d like to know more about, and if I can elaborate without spoiling future stories, I may make it the theme of one of these posts.

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