Ability Crimes Response Unit


Est. 2010, The Abilities Crime Response Unit is a special division of the police force dedicated to upholding the law in ability-related incidents in the general Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area. It is part of the Beverly Hills Police Department in Beverly Hills, California.

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The Purpose

The Abilities Crime Response Unit is a small, select group of officers dedicated to responding to incidents that sound like they may be ability related. This ranges not only from just robberies to murders, but also negotiations, or instances of escalating violence between opposing groups; they'll respond to public disturbances, or calls of discrimination. This means that each team member has to be screened for a specific level of control over their ability (which should aid in investigation in some way) and also psychological level-headedness. The ACRU has a negotiator, a sniper (for lethal solutions when it comes to that), and its own CSI team, as well as having close ties to branches of the law who then take their cases.

The History

The Abilities Crime Response Unit was the brain-child of two of BHPD's own: Lieutenant Gideon Ramsay, and Captain Nick Shea. Formerly detective partners, the two joined together when the outting of Shea's ability during the enforced police testing and registration week brought his promotions into question. In an effort to give other police officers, now orphaned by their revealed status, a place to feel comfortable in their talents, they formed the ACRU, a team focused on keeping the peace in this new superpowered environment. With one human captain and one ability-positive, the ACRU is the leader in envisioning a future where the two work together harmoniously and spread the same ideals to their team.

The Structure

ACRU functions much like a SWAT or SRU team, though it has to remain flexible enough to answer the demand of all manner of ability-related situations. The dual captains organize duties from the station, while a team leader takes the agents out onto the field. Certain specialties may or may not go on every mission, depending on what the case seems to demand. If necessary, they will team up to do detective work, or, in others, form a militarized team to take down a more aggressive target. ACRU agents are training and learning constantly. Additionally, they are the producers of many pamphlets and lessons over controlling abilities and living together with a-negatives. They will answer any call relating to abilities, or be called onto scene if abilities are revealed to have been involved to offer expertise.

The ACRU has its own dispatch equipment: the Communication Hardware for Ability Response Live Intervention Engine. Or, as the team has named it: C.H.A.R.L.I.E. Invented and cared for by Captain Ramsay, this machine is housed in the basement and is programmed to help pick up incidents relating to abilities. Only Ramsay is allowed to access C.H.A.R.L.I.E's haven for security reasons.

As it expands, ACRU has become more and more equipped to deal with the day-to-day investigative affairs like any other bureau. While specialized SWAT members still exist, there are also beginning to be those who have the time and training to devote whole days to solving complex ability crimes that are not just emergency-related.

The Laws

ACRU wants you to remember — the laws have changed! The public should be aware that that breaking the following laws is a crime, and that anyone who does so may be subject to penalty, such as fines or imprisonment:

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  • (a) Any ability that disrupts peace may not be used in public (b) Disruptive abilities, such as that create unnatural light or cause loud noises, may not be used in public places or after curfew
  • Falsifying test results or being registered under a false ability, unless proven to be the fault of the tester
  • Failing to present registration papers to ACRU in a timely fashion
  • Using abilities to influence the outcome of a competition, contest, or business arrangement
  • (a) Threatening the use of abilities in order to influence an outcome (b) Using abilities in order to influence an outcome, ie. any ability that causes an individual to act outside of their norm, as comparable to the use of date-rape drugs, or hallucinogens (c) Using abilities to incite violence or riot
  • Reckless ability use that places another individual or individuals in physical, emotional or mental danger
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