|Access: Security, Brig, Holding Cells, Courtroom, Weapon Permit|
Additional Access: Maintenance, Morgue, Detective's Office
Supervisors: Head of Security
Duties: Protect company assets, follow the Standard Operating Procedure, eat donuts
Guides: Guide to security, Department Standard Operating Procedure: Security, Space Law, Security Items
Quote: "Who watches the watchmen?" We do, too. We watch each other.
Welcome to Security. Chances are that you have been assigned this job because it was the only available position other than Assistant. Since you'd rather not end up a corpse, or doubt the prospects of reassignment, you've chosen the Few, the Red, and the Despised.
Important: DO NOT play Security if you are new to Space Station 13! You will become a liability and everyone will have a bad time.
Bare minimum requirements: Do not turn into Shitcurity.
You are the sole guardian between the ideals of justice and the wild psychotics that your company has chosen to advance its interests in space. Just because everyone else is insane, however, does not mean you are permitted to go hog-wild and beat them all unconscious to strap them to beds. Professionals have standards.
How to Do Your Job
See here to view the Guide to Security to learn the full in-and-outs of being an officer. Read this religiously if you want to be competent at being an officer.
- Learn your surroundings.
- Equip yourself appropriately.
- Learn what to do when an emergency is called out and you're needed.
- Go patrolling and keep your eyes and ears open.
- Refer any evidence to the Detective for forensic scanning.
- Detain any criminals you may come across in the act!
- Don't become shitcurity. Seriously. Everyone will hate you if you do.
Crush your enemies. See them driven before you.
Know Your Place
Well, this page is designed to turn you from angry, bitter waste of supplies into a useful and productive member of the station community. A few things to immediately note:
- This ship is not a democracy. You take from the Warden, who takes his orders from the Head of Security, who takes his orders from the Captain, who takes his orders from Central Command. This is a military Chain of Command.
- Likewise, the Heads of Staff have authority over their respective departments. You are expected to assist heads in ejecting unwanted trespassers and demoting unwanted personnel from their departments.
- You are effectively the police. The corporations have agreed upon a set of laws that they are all beholden to. An example of these laws can be found at Space Law. Obey the hierarchy and watch everyone with utter suspicion, The space law is a set of guidelines, meaning you do not have to follow it.
- Your essential job function is to keep the crew safe. You will inevitably fail at this task, more or less. Like a breeding salmon, keep swimming against the rapids, bears be damned.
- Even though the station is doomed, do your best to keep the peace on station and you'll be the best officer there can be.
Each officer is given an assignment when they join the game. Most will be assigned to guard a department. Department guards are given a small security office along with limited access and are able to use that department's radio channel. Department guards are also marked with color-coded armbands. While they are not required to remain at their post, it is their responsibility to protect it.
Like general Security Officers, department guards report directly to the Head of Security. However, they should generally follow the wishes of the head of the department they are guarding. Guards may be dismissed from their post by the department head.
Department Head: Chief Medical Officer
Additional Access: Medical
Radio Key: .m
Department Head: Research Director
Additional Access: Science
Radio Key: .n
Department Head: Chief Engineer
Additional Access: Construction Area, Engineering
Radio Key: .e
Department Head: Head of Personnel (but in practice, you will rather cooperate with Quartermaster)
Additional Access: Cargo Office, Mining
Radio Key: .u
The first step after you arrive is to find an unused security locker either in the brig's equipment room or at the arrivals security checkpoint. If it has all been claimed, ask the Warden for additional resources.
See here what items you're about to use and how to use them.
See here how to equip yourself so you'll be ready for everything the station may throw at you.
Remember to Recharge!
Always have your tools recharged after an arrest. If your flash is burnt out, get a new one from the lockers or security vending machine and hand your old one to a roboticist. Then take your baton or taser, pop them in the charger station in your security office or the Head of Personnel's desk, and wait for the light to change from green to yellow. Having a charged stun baton is sometimes the difference between life and death.
Officer Beepsky: Redshirt's Best Friend
All stations start with one Securiton, some with three: Officer Beepsky who patrols the halls, Sergeant-at-Armsky who guards the armory (weapon and ID check on, arrest level DETAIN), as well as Officer Pingsky who guards the AI satellite and reports arrests on the AI Private radio channel.
More can be built, as well as ED-209s who carry tasers.
You can read more about the operation and threat/arrest levels here: Securitron
Any good Security Officer always has some of these around at all times. They are delightful little munchables that can be obtained in a few ways. You can find an immediate supply in the donut boxes around the station, and you can use your Hacking skills to extract them from the security vending machines. If there is a severe shortage of donuts, you can always get the Chef to make you more. There are four types of donuts.
Plain Donut: Heals you, gives some nutrition.
Frosted Donut: Like the plain donut, but heals more health.
Jelly Donut: Holy Jesus! What is that? What the fuck is that? WHAT IS THAT, PRIVATE PYLE? Only obtainable through the Chef. Heals more than the Frosted Donut, gives more nutrition.
Chaos Donut: Only obtainable through the Chef. Kills you, due to a great deal of entropy caused by eating it.
When Things Go Tits-Up
You are most essential when chaos has broken out. When Joe Schmoe has decided to take the law into his own hands, it's usually with murderous and arbitrary intent. This cannot be allowed. If you are doing your job, it should never come to pass. While most often you will be dealing with your average Traitor, sometimes you might have a more serious matter on your hands. Watch out for these.
Revolution: Red Uniforms Does Not Mean Communism
Sometimes syndicate forces will encourage the station crew to rebel against the Heads of Staff. This will not be a simple protest. It will be a riot culminating in multiple murders and a mutiny. Needless to say, you will be a target if you move to prevent this -- and you must move to prevent this.
When there has been proof established that a person has been brainwashed, detain them as normal and ask the Heads what you should do. Usually, they'll want you to attempt to deprogram them. Request a Mindshield Implant from the Warden or Head of Security and they should visibly change their attitude when remembering their true allegiance. Barring that, apply your deactivated stun baton repeatedly to their forehead in a forceful manner. If death should occur without change, bring the body to the roboticists.
Nuclear Operatives: Invaders, Possibly From Space
There may be days when syndicate forces invade the station directly with the intent to use a nuclear device to destroy it entirely. Anyone who isn't crew is to be violently and sufficiently repelled. Detain them when able, confiscate everything, and eliminate when all other options are exhausted. Communication is most important right now. Ensure that the captain, or whoever bears the disk, is guarded at all times. If things go completely out of control, do what you must to get the shuttle called and the disk onto it. Trust no one if you can't see their face. It is not unreasonable to ask them to remove any masks and stun them to remove it yourself if they refuse.
Wizard: Of Bed-knobs And Broomsticks
When the Wizard Federation has sent a representative, it is not in peace. You are facing no mere mortal. A wizard is a highly trained killing machine of unknown potential. Their wide variety of spells and magical artifacts means they can be prepared for almost any situation, and attack you from any angle as well. Your stun baton will be nearly useless. Find a gun. You must keep your wits about you and your bravery steadfast! Stun the wizard, beat him unconscious, remove the clothing that gives him power, and don't stop hitting until his brain has exited his skull. The only good wizard is a dead wizard.
Cult: Eldritch Criminal Scum
Cultists of Nar-Sie, unless apprehended, can quickly overcome even the most prepared and robust Security crew. The Chaplain will be your best friend. Find him (assuming the cultists haven't gotten to him already), protect him, and work with him to produce holy water, which deconverts cultists after a short period of time. Otherwise, the standard procedure about searches and mindshield implants applies. Don't sit around for too long, however. The Cult's power grows exponentially with each new member.
- Hold handcuffs and click on a pair of orange shoes (standard prisoner issue). Result: Leg cuffs!
- The riot gear gives you excellent protection against melee attacks at the cost of defense from bullets and lasers. The ablative armor is the same, except for lasers. The bulletproof armor is the same as the other two, but protects against bullets.
- If you're wearing eye protection (sunglasses/secHUDglasses/hardsuit helmet etc.) + ear protection (sechelmet/Warden's hat/HoS's hat OR a bowman headset/earmuffs), flashbangs will only stun you for 5 seconds, otherwise you'll be down helpless for up to 20 seconds, depending on the distance. This gives security 15 seconds (the same as a taser/stun baton) to slap the bracelets on the perp that’s too slippy to hit normally.
- If you're wearing a secHUD and examine someone, you can change their wanted status by clicking on it in the description. If you're really cool you can even add why they're wanted by clicking the add crime link.
- If you're out of secHUD glasses, you can craft them with a secHUD and a regular pair of sunglasses.
- You can move rechargers by wrenching them and dragging them behind you and wrenching them back down to work again.
- Mindshield implants prevent someone from being converted to a revolutionary and deconvert existing revolutionaries. They also prevent someone from being brought into a cult but do not decult those tainted by the Dark Lord's power.
- If you are cloned you lose your mindshield implant.
- As a Security Officer, when you see someone set to arrest, kindly ask them to follow you to the brig first. You'd be surprised how often people cooperate even when they are criminals, and it saves you the hassle of SHITCURITY and HELP ME. You can always stun them if they refuse.
- You can retrieve the MMI from a beaten-to-death cyborg by welderbombing it, if you want it to fess up to who the potato is that subverted him and you don't have access to the robotics console.
- Armor is a lifesaver, even the base officer armor.
- Examining shell casing tells you what kind of ammo it is. .38? Detective. .357? Traitor. .45? Nuke ops. ADDED: .357 and 12mm could also point to a wizard round. .38 for that matter, too.
- Once you have a combat mech, the only two things that can stop you is high level antags (wiz / nuke ops / ninja), toxins, and Ion Rifles (R&D can make them and there is one in the Armory). Deal with all of these, and you’re a god among men. And yes, a hulk is shit against a Gygax spamming ac 2 SMG fire as well as KO punching him at close range. And no, xenos are shit against a Gygax due to the KO punch then ac 2 SMG fire.
- Gygax, set to harm intent: KO punch. And Gygax can overload in order to go at SANIC SPEED, so it can retreat at the cost of some damage.
- Riot shields have a good chance block melee attacks, even hugs.
- In addition, Riot Shields completely protect against Alien jump attacks and can block their disarms. If your fighting Aliens ask the Warden for a Riot Shield.
- EMP'ed stun batons only lose 10% charge, can be a life saver (not that you get EMP'ed often).
- While using the security cameras console you can take a regular camera in your hand and take a picture of the image you are viewing through the console. You can finally get a picture of a suspect for your wanted papers.
- Mesons can detect bombs.
- Soap and space lube will keep you down for 8 seconds. Peels for about 8 seconds (depends on the banana's potency). Water slips for 6 seconds. Detective’s revolver (.38) and disabler beams down someone for about 10 seconds, due to stamina damage. It takes 3 seconds to cuff someone.
- Unrobust? No dignity? Security? Call Officer Beepsky to you, disable his patrol mode, then drag him around everywhere. Shift+click anyone who fucks with you and set them to arrest and Beepsky will ensure you never get robusted again.
- Security Camera consoles can track borgs.
- You can set Officer Beepsky to arrest people (except heads and security staff) who are holding weapons.
- You can chain-open things by dragging containers in containers to your sprite. Can't actually take/put things, but it's slightly faster for checking suspect boxes.
- Filling half of the pepper spray with wielding fuel and having a zippo in pocket is pretty flamy thing, it gives a lot of fun to aliens if they are horribly unrobust.
- PRO SECURITY SEARCH TIP: Always check the Janitor's trash bag and the Chaplain’s bible. Don't forget that boots can hide contraband as well.
- Disabler beams deal 34 holodamage, take three hits to do anything more than slowdown, and can be reflected. However, they fire quickly and go through windows, paralyze hulks so they can safely be dehulked, they knock out wizards, so they can't cast anything, and if someone has been knocked out by it, they are down for however long it takes for them to sleep off the holodamage, no shaking them back up. ADDED: Disablers are nice to have as a sidearm, or if you want to pass out guns. They get twenty shots.
- Remember the 21 Foot Rule (roughly 6.4 tiles in game assuming 1 tile = 1 meter). Real life cops follow this rule as a knife wielding perp can cover 21 feet in about 1.5 seconds, enough time for you to un-holster your (taser)gun, fire off a round or two, and move out of the perp's way.