Joining the ACRU

So You Want To Be A Policeman

Anyone desiring, or required, to join the ACRU as an investigator or SWAT officer must have gone through the LAPD Academy. Even those transferring from other states must still go back through training, so that they can learn the individual way that the state of California responds to each event. No training program across the country is the same. Coming out of the Academy, there will be an exam and occasionally a written test, then that officer typically has to serve in the jail system (sheriff's department) or on patrol until their number comes up. Those who are training in order to transfer into ACRU may have this particular assignment fast-tracked (and face the grumbling of their peers) but anyone who trained to be a police-officer before the AP debacle will have gone through a jail rotation before ending up on patrol or done a few rotations of patrol. Probation is typically around 18 months. After years on patrol, the best and brightest (preferably) are promoted to detective and beyond.

There are also civilian jobs available:

  • Answering phones
  • Filing/records organization
  • Volunteer traffic officers (usually employed during special events)
  • Crisis counseling (degree in psychology or power-related studies preferred)

So You Have A Power

Once a policeman, or for those already sworn in before the enforced testing, the only assignment for an ability positive lawman or woman is in ACRU. Outside of its walls, there is heavy discrimination and frequent demotions or suspensions with little cause.

To join ACRU, an officer will have finished training and then put in the request, whereupon he will be interviewed by both Captains, as well as an individual interview with Captain Shea which has been likened to a polygraph exam. Because of the nature of their cases, ACRU enforces constant training and assurances that an ability can be kept under control, as well as potential therapy for those who have faced difficult discrimination before arriving. After a physical exam displaying this ability, it will be determined whether it is field-ready or not (or field-useful or not) and a position found. Due to its specialization, ACRU feels much more open to suggestions than the strict systems of other bureaus. As Captain Shea has been heard saying: "You know your own ability."

Anyone with unhealthy intentions has a slim to none chance of slipping by the captains' exam.

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