Briefing on Site Operations
- 1 Briefing Recipients
- 2 Overview
- 3 Purpose
- 4 Scope
- 5 Prerequisites
- 6 Responsibilities
- 7 Procedure
Minimum Security Clearance
Level 0 (For Official Use Only)
All incoming department-level personnel pending security clearance are required to read this briefing.
This briefing provides the information necessary for all department-level site personnel to operate site duties effectively in all conditions or climates.
The primary duty of all department-level site personnel is to contribute to the completion of our primary mission objectives (the security, containment, and protection of anomalous phenomena internationally). The capacity in which this contribution is made is dependent on security clearance, rank, and department. Each department is tasked with working in tandem with one another to fulfill mission obligations. Adherence to the protocol outlined in this form is critical to enforce SCP Foundation standards.
Identification and access to information are the most important components to the successful operation of a site by department-level site personnel. The security clearance system exists to protect classified information from unauthorized access by personnel or hostile agents. The following list outlines each level of security clearance:
- Level 0 (For Official Use Only) - Level 0 security clearances are given to non-essential personnel with no need to access information regarding anomalous objects or entities in Foundation containment. Level 0 access is typically held by personnel in non-secured positions at facilities with no access to operational data. Level 0 security clearances are automatically granted to personnel in individualized training or on-the-job training.
- Level 1 (Confidential) - Level 1 security clearances are given to personnel working in proximity to but with no direct or informational access to anomalous entities in containment. Level 1 security clearances are typically granted to personnel working in supply or logistical positions at facilities with containment capability or otherwise must handle sensitive information.
- Level 2 (Restricted) - Level 2 security clearances are given to security, research, and engineering personnel that require direct access and information regarding anomalous entities in containment.
- Level 3 (Secret) - Level 3 security clearances are given to senior security and research personnel that require in-depth data regarding the source, recovery circumstances, and long-term planning for anomalous objects and entities in containment. Additionally, Level 3 security clearances permit direct physical access to SAFE and EUCLID level anomalous entities under caveats set by the chain of command on-site.
- Level 4 (Top Secret) - Level 4 security clearances are given to senior administration that require access to site-wide and/or regional intelligence as well as long-term strategic data regarding Foundation operations and research projects. Level 4 security clearances are typically only held by HMCL Supervisors, Chieves of Security, and Assistant Directors. Additionally, Level 4 security clearances permit direct physical access to KETER level anomalous entities under caveats set by the chain of command with oversight by precuationary personnel.
- Level 5 (Thaumiel) - Level 5 security clearances are given to the highest-ranking administrative personnel within the Foundation and grant effectively unlimited access to all strategic and otherwise sensitive data. Level 5 security clearances are typically only held by Site Directors, Regional Directors, Agency Generals, and the O5 Council.
Successful operation depends primarily on dividing responsibilities between various departments. Personnel are trained in the disciplines of their department prior to arriving at their first duty site, and are often required to undergo a limited period of on-the-job training before being considered a fully-rated member of their departmnent. The following lists all departments which operate on a site level.
- Administration Department - The Administration department consists of all site officials and senior staff, such as Assistant Directors, HMCL Supervisors, Chieves of Security, and the Site Director. Administration department personnel maintain complete authority over the site, and are responsible for operating the site's command post and managing all communications and mission objectives between all personnel in both emergency situations and regular operation. The Administration department is also responsible for maintaining contact with Regional and O5 command, as well as dispensing memorandums and regulations passed down by them to their site. The Administration department is also capable of authorizing Task Force operations with the approval from Regional or O5 command.
- Engineering Department - The Engineering department is responsible for technical maintenance and everyday services of all facilities and equipment in site use, and are responsible for repairing infrastructure, especially during emergency situations. Foundation engineers exume the greatest expertise in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering, and assist in research and development efforts with their on-site manufactory; furthermore, the Engineering department is often relied on to manufacture advanced prototype technology to assist in completion of mission objectives.
- Intelligence Department - The Intelligence Department is tasked with informing command decisions made by all departments, as well as ensuring that security clearance protocol is followed on a site level. Intelligence agents are recruited primarily from the Security Department, however, site staff can also be recruited so long as they undergo a period of training depot for security concepts, and must show a profound intelligence aptitude. The Intelligence department spearheads external affairs, counterintelligence, and investigative law enforcement on a site basis.
- Supply Department - The Supply Department is responsible for fulfilling any material requests that can arise during any site process, as well as logistical support. Supply Department personnel are tasked with keeping the site well-stocked with supplies, as well as mess and janitorial duties. Supply Department personnel are required to maintain inventory of all supplies and must inform each department and the chain of command in terms of scarcity control. Additionally, the Supply Department is also tasked with the handling of hazardous materials from the minute they arrive on-site until their eventual use.
- Medical Department - The Medical Department is responsible for keeping employees in good health. From certified doctors and surgeons to emergency responders, the Medical Department is a rapid-response force in the containment of emergency situations, with superior medical training making them invaluable to site personnel. The Medical Department is also responsible for training combat medics in conjunction with the Security Department. Members of the Medical Department can undergo training depot for security concepts and vice versa to become combat lifesavers.
- Research Department - The Research Department is tasked with containing, studying, and creating Special Containment Procedures for anomalous entities. Controlled experiments, sample collection, and chemical/biological engineering are some of the common activities associated with the Research Department. The Research Department works hand-in-hand with the Engineering department to produce experimental countermeasures to use against anomalous entities or other threats.
- Security Department - The Security Department is responsible for providing security and protection for all Foundation facilities and objects, regardless of their priority. Security department employees are trained to counteract containment breach events, intrusions, sabotage, natural disasters, and other emergencies. Security department members often hail from a background of military or law enforcement service, and are placed through a rigorous training program that encapsulates defense and expeditionary operations concepts. Security agents can also be activated as a Mobile Task Force to conduct missions in areas uncontrolled by the SCP Foundation.
- Ethics Committee - The Ethics Committee is primarily a bureaucratic department that exists to ensure that the SCP Foundation abides by the enlightenment-era ethics behind its conception, in addition to functioning as the judicial body of the Foundation. The Ethics Committee is responsible for approving all Special Containment Procedures, and are tasked with denying procedures seen as unethical.
- Internal Security Department - The Internal Security Department is an investigational agency responsible for identifying and neutralizing compromising elements within the Foundation.
- Mobile Task Force - Mobile Task Forces (abbreviated MTFs) are highly militarized units composed of agents and field technicians, assembled specifically to complete assignments in areas outside of Foundation control. Most MTFs are comprised of independent, quick-reaction elements independent of a specific secure facility, however, site and regional directors are authorized to form MTFs from the ranks of site/area agents or staff if conventional MTFs are unavailable.
Arriving staff are to be examined for their identification upon site entry. New arrivals with no previous SCP Foundation affiliation are to report to the briefing room in reception to be briefed by a member of the Administration department - if these personnel are unavailable, an electronically recorded briefing is authorized. The final component of reception is a physical examination by the Medical Department to ascertain current physical conditions and evaluate medical history. Once in-processing has been completed, personnel are to be released to their department.
Code of Justice
All members of the SCP Foundation are subject to this official chapter. All civilian or non-civilian individuals, Foundation-affiliated or otherwise, with any form of pertinent, tangible knowledge regarding the SCP Foundation are subject to this official chapter.
Article I - Apprehension
“Apprehension” hereby refers to the forceful restraining and detainment of individuals suspected of committing a crime. Personnel responsible for detainment and apprehension are authorized to use force equal to the resistance of the suspect, including but not limited to handcuffs, zip ties, and nonlethal electroshock weapons.
Article II - Departments authorized to apprehend
Departments authorized to apprehend include the security department, internal security department, and activated field agents of the intelligence agency, including Mobile Task Forces. These departments constitute the law-enforcement body of the SCP Foundation. If unaffiliated staff are found making an apprehension in lieu of a suspected crime, certain standards must apply to determine if the apprehension is lawful.
Article III - Judicial Parameters
Apprehended personnel are not to be detained for longer than 24 hours. Once the Administrative Department is notified of apprehension, the acting assistant site director, chief of security, HMCL director, or primary site director are to issue administrative punishment, or a referral to a trial by Ethics Committee if suspected of a serious crime.
Article IV - Judicial Sentencing
Trial defendants who are found guilty of the crimes of which they are convicted are to serve their sentencing in full, waiving all rights guaranteed to law abiding employees as per contract agreement. Depending on the severity of the crime, the Ethics Committee observer shall make a determination as to whether or not the subject can obligate their contract upon completion of their sentencing, or if their contract will be terminated. Subjects with contracts slated for termination will begin immediate outprocessing from the SCP Foundation.
Article V - Rights of Employees
For further information, consult with the Administrative department or the Ethics Committee.
01 - Under no circumstances will regulations be established which abridge freedom of speech, the right to assemble, or to petition for administrative action. It should be noted that although these actions alone will never be tried as criminal, doing so may result in your disqualification from certain assignments, as well as opening your person to nonjudicial punishment. Forms of speech calling for direct illegal action, or constituting a security risk, are not protected. The practicing of religion is disallowed on site premises, constituting a security risk. Chaplaining services are to be conducted off-site. Religious memorabilia of any kind are to be confiscated.
02 - Compulsory self-incrimination is prohibited. No questions or accusations are authorized to be made without first informing suspected individuals that they are not in any way obligated to make an official statement without first consulting legal counsel.
03 - No matter the reason, all personnel are permitted to request the representation by legal counsel. Legal counsel is to be provided by the Ethics Committee legal department liaison no longer than 24 hours after filing the initial request for representation. Certain caveats apply; consult the Ethics Committee for more information.
Article VI - Punitive Articles
For more information regarding the command structure of individual departments, please consult their respective guidebooks.
Ranks, command structure, and chain-of-command refers to the relationships in place between the institutions that compose the SCP Foundation. The command structure exists to establish hierarchy and inhibit inaction during emergency situations.
Each employee is issued a pay grade consistent with their position in the organization. Ranks are assigned in accordance with their pay grades. Promotions are to be given via necessity or upon recognition of exceptional performance. Activities recognized under such a category include volunteerism or completion of tasks without uneccessary oversight.
Site Staff Ranks
S-1 - AST. - Assistant - Assistants undergoing seasoning for their new department. Are to be promoted immediately following in-processing and completion of on-the-job department orientation.
S-2 - STF. - Staff - Responsible for mid-level work within their department. Staff are permitted to be issued higher security clearance levels for work purposes. (L1 - Confidential)
S-3 - TCH. - Technician - Technicians are personnel promoted due to their knowledge of specialized skills in their field, and are granted minor supervisional authority over lower ranks. (L2 - Restricted)
S-4 - AMG. - Assistant Manager - Assistant Managers are personnel with profound knowledge of their field, and are afforded a high amount of supervisory authority over lower ranks.
S-5 - MGR. - Manager - Managers are personnel with profound knowledge of their field, and are afforded a high amount of supervisory authority over lower ranks. They are also eligible for higher security clearance levels for command purposes. (L3 - Secret)
S-6 - DPH. - Department Head - Department Heads are highly seasoned and knowledgeable personnel within their field, and are responsible for the upkeep and operation of their department. Department Heads issue all marching orders of a department at a given time, and report only to the Senior Staff of the Administration Department.
Senior Staff Ranks
SS-1 - AD. - Assistant Director - Assistant Directors are responsible for the oversight of multiple departments at once, but often hail from a specific department. Out of necessity, Assistant Directors, and all affiliated Senior Staff are granted a Top Secret security clearance for presence in command decisions. (L4 - Top Secret)
SS-2 - HMCL. - HMCL Supervisor - The HMCL (Hazardous Materials Containment Liaison) Supervisor is a role that encapsulate the management of all departments associated with the non-militant handling and containment of hazardous materials typically sought by the SCP Foundation. HMCL Supervisors maintain full control of the Engineering, Research, Supply, and Medical departments. The HMCL Supervisor becomes Acting Site Director in the event that the Site Director and the Chief of Security are unable to fulfill their duties.
SS-3 - COS. - Chief of Security - Although technically inhabiting a personnel slot in both the Security Department and the Administration Department, the Chief of Security upholds the vital position of being first in the line of succession in the event that the Site Director is rendered unable to fulfill his duties.
SS-4 - SD. - Site Director - The Site Director is responsible for ensuring that the entire site operates effectively, in part reliant on his oversight of administrative personnel such as the HMCL Supervisor and the Chief of Security. Site Directors maintain contact with SCP Foundation regional command at all times, and receive express memos by the Overwatch Council. As such, they operate on the highest level of security clearance. (L5 - Thaumiel)
SS-5 - ARD. - Assistant Regional Director - Assistant Regional Directors function as the middlemen between regional and site commands. Assistant Regional Directors, as well as the ranks above, inhabit regional command posts rather than localized sites.
SS-6 - RD. - Regional Director - Regional Directors maintain command authority over their assigned continental region, and are responsible for issuing commands to Assistant Regional Directors and Site Directors. Regional Directors report directly to the Overwatch Council.
SS-7- O5-X. - Overseer - Overseers are individuals who inhabit the primary decision-making body of the SCP Foundation, the Overwatch Council.
A-1 - TRN. - Trainee - Trainees graduating from Security Operations Training do not receive their Agent tag until they have been fully in-processed and demonstrate completion of a refresher course at their new site of duty.
A-2 - AGT. - Agent - Responsible for following the orders of those appointed over them. (L1 - Confidential)
A-3 - SPA. - Special Agent - Responsible for following the orders of those appointed over them, as well as maintaining some supervisional authority. Permitted access to higher security clearance level for work purposes. (L2 - Restricted)
A-4 - SGT. - Sergeant - Responsible for ensuring that their subordinates carry out the orders given to them. Permitted access to higher security clearance level for work purposes. High command autonomy. (L3 - Secret)
A-4 - TSG. - Technical Sergeant - Responsible for ensuring that their subordinates carry out the orders given to them. High command autonomy.
A-6 - 1SG. - First Sergeant - Responsible for ensuring that their subordinates carry out the orders given to them, and receiving/passing orders from the officers appointed over them. Extremely high command autonomy.
O-1 - LT. - Lieutenant - Lieutenants maintain close communication with the First Sergeant, and report to the officers appointed over them, primarily Captains or Majors if in a company-size force. Eligible for Top Secret security clearance. (L4 - Top Secret)
O-2 - CPT. - Captain - Captains are responsible for leading company-sized elements of Security Department personnel. They report to the Major/Chief of Security on station.
O-3 - MAJ. - Major - Majors are Commissioned Officers who are responsible for leading company or battalion-sized elements of Security Department personnel. Lowest rank considered for Chief of Security enrollment.
O-4 - COL. - Colonel - Colonels are Commissioned Officers who are responsible for leading regiment-sized elements of Security Department personnel. Colonels often operate on a regional level and simultanously command the activities of seperate Security Departments and Mobile Task Forces throughout continental regions. Eligible for Thaumiel security clearance. (L5 - Thaumiel)
O-5 - GEN. - General - Generals are tasked with coordinating the activities of regional corps of Security Department elements. Generals are highly involved in long-term strategic planning of Foundation agencies and total troop movements worldwide.
O-6 - GA. - General of Agencies - The General of Agencies is the Commander-in-Chief of Foundation military assets. The General of Agencies answers to and directly informs the Overwatch Council.
Information and Communications Security
Operational security will be maintained at all times. Never, under any circumstances, disclose information of any nature to civilian individuals regarding the existence of the SCP Foundation and its operations. The penalties associated with such a violation (Unauthorized Leaking or Release of Classified Information) will result in contract termination in addition to judicial punishment.
Never, under any circumstances, disclose information of a sensitive nature to personnel without a proper clearance level.
Communication devices, including but not limited to cellular phones, audio or video recording devices, laptops or personal computers, radios, and other means of interpersonal or mass communication are prohibited from entering the site, with the exception of officially issued devices for work purposes. Communications devices of this nature represent a security threat, and are to be confiscated by the Security Department until the staff member or agent in question departs from the site. Be mindful of vulnerabilities in officially-issued equipment.
All employees are expected to follow the orders issued to them by their superiors to the best of their ability, and to do so within the limits of Foundation rules, laws, and regulation. No matter the role, Foundation personnel must be willing to go above and beyond their limits in the pursuit of our mission - even in the face of extremely high-stress situations.
Although the culture between departments is inevitably varied, all personnel are expected to be professional when interacting in an official capacity. This includes referring to other personnel by appropriate nomenclature, especially when addressing superiors. Site Staff and Agents are prohibited from engaging in fraternization with Senior Staff and Officers outside of officially-sanctioned leisure events.
All dress is expected to be appropriate for business (business casual for work outside of manual labor). All cosmetic articles - jewelry, piercings, and non-natural hair dyes are prohibited. Further standards are set by department regulations and can be found in the department briefing supplements. Personnel found in violation of accompanying dress codes are subject to reprimand.
All personnel who require lodging are expected to follow regulations imposed by the Foundation-sponsored lodging organization. Personnel found in violation of lodging regulations are subject to reprimand or revocation of lodging privileges. Operational security must be maintained while lodging.
The following outlines site procedure, including emergency protocol and force protection.
- This alarm is the preparatory queue for all personnel to assume emergency conditions and prepare to receive orders.
- This alarm will always sound in the event of any security threat.
- Personnel are to assume emergency conditions until the all-clear is given.
- All nonessential personnel (personnel not considered essential to emergency response, such as research and supply) are to evacuate from the site interior and reach the designated rally point.
- Emergency response personnel (security, medical, and engineering departments) are to remain within the site interior until the all-clear has been given.
- A component of security personnel are to post security between the site interior and the designated rally point to process further evacuations.
- All personnel are to evacuate from the site interior and await orders at the designated rally point.
- All entrances to the site interior are to be closed and locked.
- Entry by emergency response teams permitted only with authorization by the administration department.
- Interior and exterior lockdowns occur in the presence of security threats, with respect to their locations.
- Lockdowns can occur independent of evacuations.
- Notifies all personnel of hostile Group of Interest incursion into the site - primes security for contact with the enemy.
- Highest level of CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) emergency procedures. Denotes full equipment of HAZMAT gear.
- Containment staff are to inform administration of potential compromise of personnel who fail to adhere to MOPP-4 in a timely manner, so that the rules of engagement with potentially contaminated personnel can be set.
- Informs all personnel that the command structure of the site has been disintegrated on account of emergency. Immediately signals distress to O5 Command.
Force Protection Conditions
- Condition Alpha - Predictable threats expected, either denoting threat of attack or containment breach. Elevated security measures.
- Condition Beta - Imminent threat of attack or containment breach. Elevated security measures.
- Condition Gamma - Confirmed threat of attack or containment breach. Highly elevated security measures.
On occasion, regional command personnel, including observers of the Ethics Committee, will periodically make visits to the site for inspections.
- CS - Containment Specialist - Qualification given to non-security personnel trained in dealing with anomalous entities. All non-security personnel must have a copy of their qualification certificate to be activated as a Mobile Task Force operative. Containment Specialist certificates are issued to non-security personnel who attend security training seminars. Containment specialists are authorized to deploy prototype countermeasures in the event of a containment breach.
- CL - Combat Lifesaver - Qualification given to medical personnel who cross-train into the Security Department as armed medics. Combat Lifesaver certificates are issued to medical personnel who attend security training seminars.