The Cyberian Security Forces (CSF), usually shortened to Security Forces (SF), are one of the three major police forces in Cyberia. The Security Forces are military police (MPs); a specific division of Antarctic State Military servicemembers who focus on maintaining peace and orderly conduct on military bases, securing and guarding said bases, and handling various other forms of internal affairs within the State Military. They can be likened to members of the Department of Civilian Affairs' own police force, Public Security, with the exception that the SF work almost exclusively within the jurisdiction of military bases, and are much more more involved with the scrutiny of military personnel, as opposed to civilians. They are also partly similar to the Department of Defense's Riot Control Corps, in that they defend military assets. Though, Riot Control defend much more than just military bases.
In the late 2010's, with the establishment of the ASC Department of Justice, the military policemen who were previously a part of the Department of Defense and arguably synonymous with Riot Control were reassigned to the Justice Department, in one of many an effort to divide power in a fair and balanced manner amongst multiple authorities under the Antarctic State Constitution. The fledgeling Justice Department took its troop of military police and named it the Security Forces, directly after a similar agency under one of the relatively new nation's multiple founding powers, the United States of America. These new Security Forces took on the task of policing, but not policing in the common civilian sense. Rather, Security Forces police the military itself, maintaining order and lawfulness throughout the armed forces.
Duties and Function
The Security Forces are military police at their core. Their job is primarily to prevent and handle criminal acts committed at the state military level, as opposed to at the civilian level. This includes investigating as deep as they must into internal affairs, just as much as it includes the citation of minorly offending servicemen. Secondarily, Security Forces are also responsible for being the first line of defense when it comes to external attacks against Cyberian military bases, castles, and other military assets. That is, a significant portion of them are tasked with patrolling specific perimeters, inlets and outlets, and keeping their eyes peeled for any incoming threats. Interestingly, post-trainee Security Forces troops have the authority to temporarily detain anyone of a higher rank than themselves, provided that they have reasonable suspicion for doing so that will hold up in a court-martial proceeding, if such a proceeding is deemed necessary.
- See also: Uniforms of the Antarctic State Military
The Security Forces wear the same ABU uniform as the majority of other government employees, however they are designated the all-blue color to their uniforms known as BluWS or Blue Working Solid or "Blues". Just like the majority of Cyberian servicemembers, the Security Forces blend in well with their brothers and sisters in arms. However, the open carrying of a sidearm and a plethora of other utilities on the job is a more obvious indication of their special occupation, that most uniformed servicemen don't usually have. Less-obviously, just like other servicemembers, the SF enlisted wear a patch on their arms indicating what division they serve under.
Just like all other divisions of the Antarctic State Military, the Security Forces have the exact same rank hierarchy as the rest of the military, the two major rank groups being enlisted and commissioned officers.
- Those with the letter E preceding the number in their rank are considered to be 'enlisted', regardless of seniority and regardless of other such nicknames that their rank may hold. Enlisted in the Security Forces are the ones who can expect to do the most footwork out of all the ranks. Indeed, lower-enlisted tend to be the ones doing guardsman duties including checking IDs at gates and checkpoints. Along with the footwork, the enlisted are also the ones who work most hands-on with weaponry in the SF, either carrying rifles and shotguns, or manning heavy emplaced weapons to use in the contingency of escalated conflict. With each step up in enlisted rank, an SF soldier typically receives increased responsibility over greater numbers of lower-ranked brethren, as well as increased contact with their higher-ranked commissioned officers.
- Commissioned Officers
- Those with the letter O preceding their rank's number are 'commissioned officers'; servicemembers who have ascended their way into particularly expectant leadership roles. In the Security Forces, commissioned officers are fitted with the knowledge necessary to recite military law from the heart, and apply it in any given situation that they may find themselves in. Whereas enlisted are mostly known for catching and detaining offenders, SF officers have a reputation for throwing the book at said detained offenders. Groups of SF officers are a military criminal's gatekeepers to the court-martial process; working with commanding officers and judges, and having a sizable say in whether a person is actually indicted on particular charges, or is better suited to non-judicial punishment. Higher ranks in the SF officer world generally mean wider jurisdiction over potential cases, or otherwise more expert authority to indict a person on more severe charges.
Recruitment and Training
The Security Forces, when compared to the other two law enforcement branches, is considered by popular belief to be the easiest to be recruited into and trained for. Physical requirements necessary to join the SF are slightly more lax than that of Public Security, yet the mental requirements are on par with them. Security Forces recruits attend and sit down in classes, as opposed to physically training, slightly more often than recruits of Public Security, and much more often than recruits of Riot Control. The SF pride themselves on being highly knowledgeable in military justice and the swift, effective application of it, and no less is expected from their trainees. In order to be internally certified to use certain non-lethal weapons on others, SF trainees must be subjected to those same non-lethal weapons first. This includes pepper spray and tasers.
Weapons and Equipment
SF that are desgnated roles as military patrolmen within military borders are similarly equipped to their cousins in Section 1, in that they are usually given a service pistol as their deadly force weapon, a number of less-than-lethal weapons, and other tools typical of a position in law enforcement such as handcuffs and a field notepad.
SF that guard the perimeters of military bases, outposts, or other similar points of military interest, are generally equipped with an automatic rifle or a shotgun in addition to their sidearm. As would be more commonly seen on an active combatant, SF guardsmen don a combat vest over their uniform jacket, as well as a ballistic helmet.