The government of the United States and the Independent State of California still retains a sizeable dedication to national law enforcement, and has always been a solid supporter of the Uniform Civilian Justice Code. Although unforeseen political and budget difficulties were the cause of the initial FBI and CIA merger, it has turned out to be far more of a working venture than originally intended or expected. Due to their success, the National Law Enforcement Division is now the pride and joy of the government, and personnel is recruited nationally from various agencies to form this prestigious side arm of the law.
The government has a stake in ensuring the success of this law enforcement division, as the only alternative to a strong police system would be Martial Law. With the events of the late 90s still fresh in everybody’s memories, the government knows that the martial law alternative will not win them any friends and cost them a big bundle of cash although, let’s be honest, it worked pretty well in the late 90s.
Since the assassination of president Jacobi, that was killed some hours after his pledge to end with corporation immunity, not sure if this counts as suicide, the Government is far more active in its struggles against Corporations and other nations than it is in suppressing crime. Except in Night City, of course, in there they just make promises but no one will risk their neck to stop corps, they cut the cheese. However, government does its best to meet common crime with effective force, while not always good deterrent, they try to put the problem down hard whenever they can.
The National Law Enforcement Division is an amalgamation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, also called FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, also known as DEA, and the CIA, and in here you’ll have to do with only the acronym because I’m not sure if calling them Intelligent suits them. After the lifting of the martial law, and the removal of restrictions on Federal law enforcement boundaries, it has hoped that a single enforcement could police the whole territory on its own. Initially thought to be an expedient combining of similar resources to reduce costs, the Law Enforcement Division has now become an excellent pool of law enforcement resources, outperforming the sum of its original parts. The only stigma it now faces is local law enforcement’s disdain for “agents from outta town”. This antipathy has been enhanced due to this division’s greater powers of investigation beyond the limits of the local enforcement community. Sometimes the local cops don’t ever find out much about what’s really going on, but when the Law Enforcement Division moves in, the cops know they mean business.
Most cities maintain a single Law Enforcement Division office which monitors criminal activity and investigates national threats and crimes. In addition, they liaise with, and sometimes monitor, the local law enforcement agencies, especially if we’re talking about corporative police. They are active in most areas of investigation and have enough manpower and resources at their disposal to make any Mayor cry. They also have full immunity and clearance in regard to carrying out their duties. Secrecy does not permit any other law enforcement group to examine the Law Enforcement Division in any great detail, which, you gotta admit, it’s pretty shady.