|Office of Civil Investigation and Enforcement|
|Full Name:||SCG Office of Civil Investigation and Enforcement|
|Style:||Law Enforcement Agency|
|Join Requirements:||Any SolGov Citizen|
|Minimum Training:||6 months|
The Office of Civil Investigation and Enforcement, or OCIE, is a government law enforcement agency charged with investigating, resolving, and monitoring criminal activity within the SCG and her territories. The OCIE is developed from a mixed background of different skill sets and varying degrees of experience; recruiting retiring Defense Forces personnel and motivated but inexperienced graduates all the same. The OCIE is, for all intents and purposes, a high-level civilian law enforcement body - not unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation or INTERPOL in the 21st century. The OCIE, while largely independent and self-sufficient, answers directly to the SCG Security Council, a specially appointed committee overseen directly by the General Assembly itself. Its primary directives within the Sol territories are the insurance of general well-being and safety of the SCG populace, actively investigating and dismantling organized crime based within Sol, and maintaining the Special Collections Registry.
Following the Fleet's establishment in 2436, the Sol Central Government turned its resources into forming a more conventional peacekeeping agency to defend its member states and legal statutes from within by way of creating a uniformed police service. Over the next two years, various committee panels debated budgeting, privatized law enforcement furnished by corporate sponsors, and logistics until finally - in 2438, the Office of Civil Investigation and Enforcement was founded in Olympus, Mars and headed by the newly appointed Director of Civil Investigations, Marcus Hua, with the then laughable objective to 'bring order to the stars.' Over the next twenty years, public opinion of the agency fell sharply due to a largely received lack of confidence in Director Hua's abilities, fueled by accusations of corruption in various tiers of the organization, as well as rampant piracy and the emergence of dozens of frontier crime syndicates at the fringes of civilized space.
Leveraging support from the recently formed Fleet and additional funding from lobbyists within the Assembly, the OICE was able to establish a moderate presence throughout Sol territory and by 2480, managed to repair its image and win over the confidence of Sol citizens far and wide for their persistence and strong sense of moral direction, however doubts continued to be vocalized that even despite military assistance, the fledgling law enforcement agency was little more than a band of well-funded vigilantes patrolling supply lines and eliminating a handful of various frontier cartels and human trafficking operations - doubts that the OCIE failed to truly absolve until nearly fifty years later.
Following widespread reformation throughout various government organizations in the early 2480s, the OCIE began to encounter mounting political pressure from various corporations as well as the General Assembly - most prominently those with investments towards deep space mining operations - demanding tighter security and enforcement on customs and intergalactic trade lines. Realizing that it would be unable to effectively scatter itself to the far reaches of the ever growing fringes of known space, a series of closed session appeals were hastily held with the Security Council resulting in the authorization of two ventures utilizing government resources in the name of peace. Firstly, for the first recorded time in history, agents of the OCIE and personnel branched with the Second Fleet found themselves working side by side in the newly minted Home Guard. Secondly, the OCIE was granted judicial discretion in deputizing and compensating licensed and trained private citizens to pursue fugitives from justice as well as low-level repeat offenders in a heavily regulated standard that came to be government endorsed bounty hunting.
In the aftermath of the Gaia Conflict of the late 2440s, the OCIE continues to operate, now thoroughly timeworn and tested since its conception. While the Defense Forces buckled under the intensity of the Confederacy's initial assault, the agents of the OCIE rapidly withdrew their resources from the Helios, Kruger, and Lacaille systems, evacuating the civilian populace where they could and consolidating their manpower in the core worlds of Sol, with any skirmishes or attempts at resisting invasion resulting in local police forces finding themselves outmatched and eliminated. Far reaching panic and civil unrest as news reached home began to mount as the Fleet mobilized in the coming years, leaving numerous territories tragically unprotected and member states concerned for their safety. Nevertheless, personnel upheld their duty and did everything within their power to dispel the growing wave of opportunistic crime pervading the outer territories.
Following the conclusion of the war, the OCIE, like many other agencies, struggled with recovering from damages. Cases in the recent years, particularly the high profile arrests of government officials - have lead to no shortage of gossip or speculation that Terran spies have infiltrated the highest levels of society - much to the chagrin of the agency and leading to countless inquiries and 'witch hunt' style investigations into those influential or wealthy enough to warrant public scorn or distrust. Most of these claims, fortunately, have been determined to be insubstantial by the agency, although with the terrors of Gaia still fresh, suspicion has become a defining quirk to many veteran OCIE investigators.