HCIU Field Operations Handbook

HCIU Mission Statement

Your duty as members of the Heightened Crimes Investigation Unit are the same as any police officer’s: to serve and protect.

You will do this by investigating serious crimes where a preliminary survey of the scene suggests the potential involvement of one or more members of the mutant community. In the course of your duties you will identify persons of interest, gather evidence against suspects, and where warranted and in consultation with prosecutors, lay charges. To do so effectively, you must gather sufficient evidence to gain arrests warrants and, finally, to secure convictions against the guilty.

Under high scrutiny from the media, you will conduct yourselves at all times with dignity, rectitude, and respect. your actions, on and off duty, will bring honor and positive repute to the force.

Basis of Recruitment

Assignment to the HCIU is a coveted honor. The squad currently consists of only twenty-four investigating officers, plus commanders and support staff. You won assignment to this squad by demonstrating excellence: first as a cadet, then as a patrol officer or detective. As officers of the Miami-Dade Metro Police Department, you accumulated years of positive performance evaluations while serving in other detachments, such as robbery, homicide, special victims/vice, gang/organized crime control, narcotics, or even as patrol officers. Some of you, particularly those with disguise-oriented abilities, may have distinguished yourselves in undercover operations. Others from technical backgrounds may have transferred out from our various forensics departments, from crime scene analysis to the coroner’s branch.

The leadership of this detachment does not believe in leadership by micromanagement. you will be granted wide latitude to pursue avenues of investigation and to employ unconventional tactics afforded you by your extraordinary capabilities. When we say that you occupy a position of extreme visibility, and that your work will be carefully monitored to ensure that it meets the justifiably high expectations of the department and its civilian overseers, it is not to induce in you an attitude of excessive caution. It is merely to point out that, as rare as heightened police officers might be, there is no shortage of candidates hoping to take your place, should you stumble and fall.

HCIU Field Operations Handbook

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