DeCandido universe
(DeCandido's novelizations of the Anderson films)

The Raccoon City Police Department (abbreviated RCPD)[1] was the centre for law enforcement in Raccoon City until the city's destruction in 2002 following an outbreak of the T-virus. This department is known to have had its own special forces unit, referred to as "S.T.A.R.S.". This unit was led by Captain Henderson.


The Raccoon City Police Department was heavily funded and influenced by the Umbrella Corporation. This proved to be detrimental when Jill Valentine, an officer in their elite Special Tactics and Rescue Squad, was attacked by a zombie in the Arklay Mountains. Despite the reliability of the officer, the RCPD was forced to suspend her when she began linking Umbrella to the attack.[2]

At the beginning of the 2002 viral outbreak, the RCPD initially treated the mass-violence as a mere increase in crime, and continued to arrest people for relatively trivial offenses such as prostitution and card game fraud. This refusal to face the truth was a major problem for the police, and their headquarters was compromised when zombified criminals transformed and attacked the arresting officers.[3]



  1. DeCandido, Apocalypse, Chapter Nineteen.
  2. DeCandido, Apocalypse, Chapter Seven.
  3. DeCandido, Apocalypse, Chapter Six.
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