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S.T.A.R.S. Logo
Rebecca Chambers in S.T.A.R.S. Uniform (BIOHAZARD Deadly Silence)
Chris Redfield in S.T.A.R.S. Uniform (BIOHAZARD Deadly Silence)
S.T.A.R.S. Retreating to the Arklay Mansion (BIO HAZARD)

Details

Established: April 1996
Disbanded: August 1998

Title

S.T.A.R.S.

"Such may make arrests, carry firearms, conduct investigations and perform other law enforcement duties as provided by federal law and regulation." - S.T.A.R.S. Card

S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Service) was a privately funded elite special operations unit of the R.P.D. (Raccoon Police Department) comprised of military, police and civilian specialists in several fields. It took charge of strategy and rescue for high-grade crime and high-risk operations outside the capabilities of the normal, uniformed police, such as urban terrorism, organized crime and emergencies. Its biggest sponsor was the Umbrella Corporation and it was able to share resources with the R.P.D. and also operate independently. 1

History

Establishment (April 1996)

S.T.A.R.S. was established in April 1996 as an annexed unit of the R.P.D. (Raccoon Police Department) with the aid of funding provided by several major and local private companies as part of the "Bright Raccoon 21" city revitalization project. It was an elite group with elite staff, advanced equipment and an extensive intelligence network.

At first, S.T.A.R.S. was a purely experimental unit for dealing with special crime in order to respond to rising urban terrorism and the diversifying needs of high-grade crime such as cyber crime, vast networks of troops, new kinds of narcotics and new methods of terrorist attacks utilizing BC (Bio-Chemical) weapons. The unit performed the same functions as tactical police units like SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) or the ESU (Emergency Service Unit) with the main duties of preserving public order, VIP protection and escort, counter-terrorism, and hostage rescue.

Active Service (1997-1998)

In December 1996, the R.P.D. requested gunsmith Joseph Kendo to manufacture custom guns for S.T.A.R.S. Over the next year, the unit prepared advanced equipment and training and became formally active in December 1997. In counter-terrorism operations in particular, it was estimated that the unit had capabilities equal to the British SAS (Special Air Service).

Since particularly large-scale terrorism hadn't occurred after the unit's inauguration, its abilities in that area were never fully demonstrated. However, its hostage rescue rate in bank robberies, kidnappings and siege cases by drug addicted patients reached 80% (regarding the remaining 20%, it was confirmed that the hostages were killed prior to S.T.A.R.S. intervention). In one operation, S.T.A.R.S. successfully stopped a transaction between two criminal organizations and confiscated an Asian-made M202A1 FLASH rocket launcher.

In June 1998, the young rookie Rebecca Chambers joined the team. A custom handgun designed by Joseph Kendo was also distributed to each S.T.A.R.S. officer as their new formally adopted sidearm-- the Beretta 92F S.T.A.R.S. Special, nicknamed the "Samurai Edge." 2 R.P.D. officer Kevin Ryman failed the S.T.A.R.S. entrance exam twice.

Collapse (July 1998)

On July 23, 1998, S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team was mobilized to investigate bizarre murder cases in the Arklay Mountains. Shortly after departure, the team's helicopter experienced engine trouble and crash-landed in Raccoon Forest. The team split up within the forest, but faced attacks from mutated creatures and were eventually wiped out except for Enrico Marini and Rebecca Chambers. S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team was mobilized the next day to search for and rescue Bravo Team in the Arklay Mountains after a complete lack of communication from the team for over a day. Alpha Team was also attacked and fled into the nearby Spencer Mansion, where they discovered the Arklay Laboratory.

Through the investigative efforts of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, the two uncovered a secret biological weapons development laboratory owned by Umbrella Corp. and that S.T.A.R.S. Captain Albert Wesker was actually an Umbrella agent who lured S.T.A.R.S. to the mansion in order to acquire B.O.W. (Bio Organic Weapon) combat data. Wesker had also blackmailed officer Barry Burton to betray his teammates, but Burton regained his sense of justice and rejoined them. After the apparent death of Wesker and destruction of the ultimate B.O.W., Tyrant (T-002 Type), the surviving officers were rescued by Alpha Team pilot Brad Vickers.

Only five S.T.A.R.S. officers survived the "Mansion Incident", Redfield, Valentine, Burton, Chambers and Vickers. The injured members were treated in the R.P.D. infirmary and transferred to Raccoon General Hospital. The surviving members resumed active duty. Since more than half its officers died in the line of duty, including the Captain and Vice-Captain, it became impossible for the S.T.A.R.S. to conduct its functions. The R.P.D. began personnel recruitment to make up for the losses and absorbed S.T.A.R.S., disbanding the unit. To replace its functions and serve the additional duty of riot place, existing elite officers were organized into Raccoon S.W.A.T. and new officers were recruited.

Personnel

S.T.A.R.S. recruitment was carried out via a scouting system on a merit basis regardless of sex, age or personal history. Skills of first aid and investigation were valued more than combative skills such as hand-to-hand and marksmanship and priority was given to civic relief and the prevention of criminal offenses rather than active elimination of offenders and terrorists. Officers were scouted from military, police and civilian backgrounds with focus given to their knowledge and abilities in certain fields over past career accomplishments.

Team Formations

During operations in S.T.A.R.S., the team's formation was based on five men cells. However, since there were twelve officers, they were divided into two groups, A (Alpha) Team and B (Bravo) Team, and missions were carried out in irregular six man cells. However, this was only a principle and they were able to hold military-like large-scale operations with three sets of two man cells (a two person formation of an advance-guard and a sniper). Each officer was assigned a specific position in the field:

5-MAN CELL STRUCTURE

LDR (Leader):
The commander was responsible for tactical operation decisions in the field and was the brains of the cell. The Captain and Vice-Captain were responsible to undertake this position.

PM (Point Man)
Location scout on the frontline during a mission. Reconnaissance and securing positions ahead of time were its duties. The most resourceful officer often fell into this category.

BUM (Backup Man)
Formed a duo with the PM and its main duty was to cover the advance guard and take action in a two-man cell. The position required a high level of precision like the PM.

OM (Omni Man)
Transporting various types of equipment and mobilization of heavy armaments were its duties. Strategic actions away from the advance guard were required.

RS (Rear Security)
Rear guard such as the guarding of HQ and helicopter were the duties, as well as sniping depending on the mission. In S.T.A.R.S., two officers held this position on each team.

S.T.A.R.S. Officers

ALPHA TEAM

Albert Wesker (LDR)
Chris Redfield (PM)
Barry Burton (BUM)
Joseph Frost (OM)
Jill Valentine (RS)
Brad Vickers (RS)

BRAVO TEAM

Enrico Marini (LDR)
Kenneth J. Sullivan (PM)
Richard Aiken (BUM)
Forest Speyer (OM)
Rebecca Chambers (RS)
Edward Dewey (RS)

Equipment & Vehicles

Handgun

Beretta 92FS (April 1996 – June 1998)
Beretta 92F S.T.A.R.S. Special (Samurai Edge)
S&W M629C

Assault Rifle

M16A2
Steyr AUG

Shotgun

Remington M870
Benelli M4 Super 90 S.T.A.R.S. Special
Mossberg 590

Submachine Gun

Heckler & Koch MP5
Ingram MAC-11

Grenade Launcher

Heckler & Koch HK69A1-p
M79 Grenade Launcher

Rocket Launcher

SMAW (Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon)

Explosive

M18A1 Claymore

Radio Device

Clansman PRC-319

Helicopter

Bell UH-1 Iroquois (x2)

Footnotes

  1. 1. S.T.A.R.S. Notes
  2. 2. biohazard SAMURAI EDGE History