Colonial Coalition Marshals Service
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The Colonial Coalition Marshals Service, commonly referred to as simply the Coalition Marshals is the local law enforcement agency of the Colonial Coalition tasked with patrolling the worlds and shipping lanes of the Coalition in the Shoals.
The CCMS is responsible for enforcing the law amongst the colonies and various other regions in the Shoals. The Coalition Marshals execute all lawful writs, processes, and orders issued under the authority of the Colonial Coalition and United Federation of Planets.
While performing their duties the CCMS officers often engage in activities such as but not limited to the apprehending of wanted fugitives, providing protection for political officials, transporting colonial prisoners, protecting endangered witnesses, and managing assets seized from criminal enterprises.
The CCMS is known to have several 'divisions' of Marshals active today.
Every Coalition colony utilizing the CCMS has a planetary-based division of marshals, often acting as a law enforcement on a smaller scale for the colony. These marshals are also often deployed as security for newly founded settlements on colony worlds.
Marshals on territory patrol regularly engage in simple operations, such as check vessels for safety concerns, or undergo drug raids or rescue ops, and other sorts of "roaming" operations. However, they generally operate only within their designated area of space (which is around the Coalition planet they've been assigned to).
The Investigations Division is comprised of multiple units who are responsible for handling investigations based on the crime committed, complexity, and the requirement of special expertise. They provide assistance to the patrol and security division's with investigations, as needed. This division has the second largest number of personnel and is composed of detectives, special investigators, specialists, technicians, supervisors and support staff.
CCMS officers may have differing job titles and descriptions depending on the division they serve in but each individual officer also has a 'Rank' which indicates and dictates their status and responsibilities within their division.
- Cadet: The lowest rank is that of the Cadet. The Cadet often serves in the dispatch, assistant, and in some cases the support roles within their assigned divisions.
- Deputy: The first rank signifying the advancement from entry level positions to the position of 'officer'. A Deputy is the lowest ranking 'officer' and is the most commonly encountered rank of officer. This rank is also referred to as 'The first officer' in some positions.
- Corporal: The title of corporal is a common next step on the hierarchy of a CCMS career. Officers who become leaders and differentiate themselves on the job might be promoted to corporal as an official way to acknowledge their leadership on the force. Corporals often act as supervisors but the title can also apply to nonsupervisory members of a unit. This position is typically the first in a supervisory role, placing officers in some measure of authority over other officers.
- Sergeant: A sergeant marshal is expected to interpret and apply ordinances to a wide variety of situations, supervise and train personnel, weigh in on disciplinary situations, help develop new policies and act as a liaison between upper management and subordinates. Sergeant responsibilities are often a step up from the general supervision tasks of a corporal, as they also investigate internal complaints. This rank requires law enforcement experience. An officer can expect to serve about five years as a minimum in their department before you become eligible for this promotion.
- Lieutenant: The work of a lieutenant marshal is to take direction's from superiors and turn them into a plan of action for sergeants all the way to the deputy marshals. In this role, lieutenants may select and assign staff in hiring and promotion and set the work schedule and priority tasks for officers in their division. They evaluate officers and other staff in performance reviews and identify development and training needs for the department. On top of these duties, lieutenants act as ambassadors of their department in civic meetings and other community efforts. Promotion to this rank will likely involve many years of experience as well as a demonstrated ability for leadership and strong public relations skills.
- Captain: Captain Marshals report directly to the chief marshal of their division, as they manage and direct activities of the department. Captains train personnel, prepare and monitor programs and budgets and enforce department policies. They are relied on to maximize citizen involvement in colony policing, represent the department in the community and local government and to step in when situations become critical. Captain Marshals might also conduct research and prepare reports related to crime and policing in the community. For this position, officers will need experience working in supervisory roles and, depending on the position and division, may require a college degree. The ability to command and lead a group under stressful situations as well as having strong public speaking skills will be assets for CCMS officers at this stage of their career.
- Deputy Chief: The deputy chief marshal serves as they did as a captain but stand prepared to assume control of the division as acting Chief, should the need arise. Deputy Chiefs also keep a constant eye on compliance issues, ensuring that their departments stay up to date with current laws and regulations. The Deputy Chief is often selected by the Chief upon assuming command or as needed.
- Chief of the Division: The chief of the division is the top authority of the division. These officers oversee all operations of the department, develop procedures and programs to increase effectiveness and safety and assign officers to special investigations. As the head of their division, they work closely with Federation and colony government officials. They implement law enforcement programs for their jurisdictions and review criminal cases to look for trends and patterns. They handle the department’s full budget, direct the systems that maintain records and legal documents, handle grievances and address the public in the event of crisis incidents. They are ultimately responsible for any issues or incidents in the agency under their watch. Because of this, they often face criticism from public leaders, activists, local politicians, and Federation command if things aren’t going well.