Security Department Handbook

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Briefing Recipients

Minimum Security Clearance

Level 0 (For Official Use Only)


All Security Department personnel are required to maintain a copy of this handbook and remain oriented regarding its contents.


Congratulations, Trainee. You have completed SCP Foundation Advanced Agency Training and are ready to join your unit at your station of duty. You have come a long way since your accession, many of you having served as military or law enforcement professionals in the public world. Your service to the public is now over; however, it has been replaced by an even greater responsibility.

Despite completion of your training, your path to becoming an Agent is not quite over yet; you will likely be asked to partake in a refresher course at your station of duty in order to better meet the responsibilities of your specific site. This handbook is a testament to your efforts over the past several months, consolidating all the information you have learned and priming you for service.

Scientia potentia est. Do not squander it.

- General of Agencies


This handbook provides easy access to information necessary for SCP Foundation security agents and officers, as well as information regarding Task Force operations.


The Security Department is responsible for ensuring the protection of SCP Foundation facilities and personnel. All agents will abide by the following general orders unless stated otherwise:

General Orders

1. I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.


2. I will obey my special orders and perform all my duties in a military manner.


3. I will report violations of my special orders, emergencies, and any thing not covered in my instructions to the commander of the relief.



As a component of military professionalism, all Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs and SNCOs) will be referred to by their rank and name at all times. Officers will be referred to simply as “Sir” or “M’am”, unless the greeting entails the use of their full rank and name. For operational security purposes, customary military courtesies such as saluting or calling oneself to attention in the presence of officers are not considered neccessary unless for the purpose of official drill and ceremony.

In official conversation between enlisted Agents, surnames will be used to refer to personnel at all times.

Command Structure

Agent Ranks

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.


Officer Ranks

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.


SS-3 - 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.



The following outlines all procedures, such as patrols, law enforcement, and emergency/force protection protocols.


The action of patrolling a secure facility, when force protection conditions are low, should be primarily informal, provided there is no expectation of danger within the immediate vicinity. Patrols are authorized to be carried out by singular or multiple agents, with modifications to the procedure being available to the Agent or Non-Commissioned Officer in command. While on patrol, agents are authorized to perform security identification checks, which entail the analysis of personnel documents to correspond with proper department and clearance level identification.

During an elevation in force protection conditions, patrols are to be elevated in size, frequency, and armaments. Certain caveats apply to force protection conditions in addition to patrol modifications.


  • Condition Alpha - Non-sidearm weapons are to be brandished openly. Security identification checks are to become more frequent.


  • Condition Beta - Patrol sizes should increase; lone patrols prohibited. Site personnel are to be warned of potential security threats, and are to avoid loitering near site entrances or likely targets of attack or containment breach.


  • Condition Gamma - Patrol sizes are to fully militarize; maximum armaments are to be distributed with the authorization of the Agent or Non-Commissioned Officer in command. Security identification checks are to become mandatory. Site personnel are to be warned of impending danger, and should be instructed to seek shelter in safer areas of the facility in preparation for evacuation.



Different formations are ideal for different situations. Formations allow members of a squad to cover all potential avenues of attack or hazards, while maintaining ideal positioning in regards to threats. The following will list basic principles of squad formations and when they should be used.


  • Element Formation - Non-combat formation. Consists of the entire group lining up behind 4 frontal individuals. Used when a commanding officer wishes to address the entire group for briefing.


  • Wedge Formation - A wedge formation is an arrowhead. The tip of the arrow is always led by the lowest in rank. Mid-way through the arrow, on either side, resides the squad leader in command, as well as his subordinates closest in rank. Combat lifesavers are also distributed mid-way through the arrow, allowing them to be covered by both the center and rear element. Wedge formation is best used in outdoor areas with low cover when enemy contact is expected.


  • Staggered Column - A staggered column consists of two lines of agents. Squad leaders and their subordinates closest in rank, as well as combat lifesavers, are distributed mid-way through the formation for cover by the center and rear element. Staggered Column is best used when travelling through roads, or any other area with a linear direction.


  • Indoor Procedure - Fixed formations are ineffective when navigating close-quarters environments - positioning of team members should adapt to the interiors to avoid vulnerabilities that come with a fixed formation. When navigating indoor areas, always clear corners and other blind spots where hostiles could potentially occupy. When clearing corners, always “pie” the corner - this consists of rounding the corner farthest away from it for maximum visibility. Doing so provides the advantage of catching any potential hostiles-in-hiding off-guard.


Law Enforcement

The Security Department is one component of the law-enforcement arm of the SCP Foundation. As such, all agents are authorized to detain suspicious individuals for any reason. Detainment of site personnel may not occur for longer than twenty-four (24) hours in accordance with the SCP Foundation Uniform Code of Justice. Hostile members of Groups of Interest or site personnel who pose an immediate security threat are authorized to be detained for longer if necessary.

Examples of criminal behavior can be found in the Foundation Uniform Code of Justice supplement.


D-Class personnel are contractually obligated to follow any order issued by Foundation personnel in command. D-Class who prove to be consistently disobedient are to be forced to obey orders via any means necessary before contract termination is considered, in which they are to be released back to death row confinement from where they came. D-Class are not be in the presence of site staff without a security department agent on standby. As they are technically members of the SCP Foundation, D-Class are entitled to a degree of just imprisonment in accordance with the Foundation Uniform Code of Justice, with the exception of experimentation purposes.


Trainees who have not passed an on-site refresher course are not authorized to carry weapons.

Weapons distribution should be managed, at a minimum, by the first Non-Commissioned Officer in command. For weapons distribution protocol, consult the force protection conditions list under the “Patrol” section.

The following weapons are authorized to be carried by all security personnel ranked Agent or above:


  • Walther P-99
  • H&K USP Tactical
  • Glock-17
  • M16A3
  • M16A4
  • M4A1
  • H&K MP5
  • H&K MP5K
  • H&K MP5SD
  • L115
  • M14 EBR
  • M14 EMR
  • H&K UMP .45



All agents should observe proper voice procedure. Priority communications should be maintained between element leaders. Radio communications should open with identifying information (callsign or generalized location only - do not reveal personal identifiable information), followed by the message, ending with “over”. Messages that are intentionally paused or delayed by the speaker should end with “break”. Radios are not to be used for anything other than priority or emergency communications.

Medical Procedure

All security agents are provided with a Personal First Aid Kit (FAK) and are trained in basic first-aid. Personal First Aid Kits are only to be used in the event of self-injury, unless surplus medical supplies have been provided. Further medical care should be diverted to combat lifesavers within the unit or emergency responders of the Medical Department.

Combat Lifesavers

The Combat Lifesavers program allows personnel from the Medical Department to cross-train into security as combat lifesavers, to be attached to security patrols or task forces. All prospective combat lifesavers must acquire the permission from the Department Head of the Medical Department and the Chief of Security in Command of the Security Department, and must also pass a Security Department refresher course and demonstrate competency in security concepts.



Training Curriculum

The following outlines the curriculum found in the refresher course all new security personnel must undergo to become confirmed as Agents.


  • Formations
  • Handbook information
  • Uniform, equipment, and weapons orientation
  • Medical orientation
  • Weapons qualification course
  • Expeditionary course

Dress Code

The following outlines the current Security Department dress code based on new regulations. Vital protective articles, such as gas masks, are not restricted by the dress code.

Cosmetic Articles - Jewelry, piercings, and non-natural hair dyes are prohibited.

Grooming Standard - Hair length must be kept short of touching the ears. Highly expressive hairstyles are prohibited. Female hair must be kept within a bun. Male facial hair must be clean shaven.

Head - Black military and ball caps are authorized. Black protective helmets are authorized. OCP protective helmets are authorized with approval from Site command.

Upper Body - Standard-issue black fatigues or tactical sweaters are authorized. Black equipment harnesses and plate carriers are authorized. Rolled sleeves are authorized with approval from Site command. OCP or Black/Tan articles authorized with approval from Site command.

Lower Body - Black tactical fatigues are authorized. Grey tactical fatigues are authorized. Fatigues may be bloused or unbloused. Lower carriers may be affixed (holsters, dump pouches, etc) as long as they are color-compliant. Black combat boots - steel toed or light variations - are authorized. OCP fatigues are authorized with approval from Site command. Coyote brown boots are authorized with approval from Site command.

Facade Uniforms - Uniforms representing non-Foundation affiliated personnel for the purposes of protecting operational security are authorized in accordance with Site command. Common facade uniforms include military, security, and police personnel.