Armed troops belonging to Shinra's Public Security Division. Unlike army units sent to the front lines, the Public Security forces maintain law and order in the streets of Midgar. Their duties vary from small-time criminal apprehension to monster extermination.
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Shinra Public Security Forces, also known as Peace Preservation, is Shinra's non-mako infused military/police force in the Final Fantasy VII series. Although not having as much of a reputation as SOLDIER, the Public Security's infantry makes up the majority of Shinra's military force, and is deployed far more often than SOLDIER. The Public Security keeps peace in Midgar, is deployed to handle events of public unrest and guards and operates many Shinra-owned facilities.
As seen in the missions in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, the Public Security forces have a rivalry with SOLDIER and extend challenges in the form of training sessions.
Recruitment[edit | edit source]
The Public Security Forces serves as a fallback for SOLDIER hopefuls deemed unfit to go through the mako infusion procedure that SOLDIER members are required to pass. During Final Fantasy VII Remake, the player can observe billboards advertising that the Public Security Division is hiring, and is being "endorsed" by Stamp, a lovable mascot Shinra uses for propaganda purposes.
Gear[edit | edit source]
The soldiers' visage is obscured by a bulky helmet with three red glowing lights. Shinra soldiers usually wear blue uniforms, although during battles in Final Fantasy VII captains and elite members are shown in orange, and some working in the Junon underwater reactor in khaki. These uniforms do not appear to have any meaning and are just used for the sake of variety in battle. In the field the public security soldiers often appear as guards or a squad leaders.
In Crisis Core, soldiers all wear a blue uniform and are distinguished by the color of their neckerchief, green or red. In Final Fantasy VII, Zack is hunted down by two blue-uniformed soldiers led by a soldier in a red uniform, which in Crisis Core is instead two soldiers with blue neckerchiefs and one with red.
During the Raid on Junon, green soldiers appear in an FMV firing missiles. Soldiers in green never otherwise appear, but after watching the cutscene, a soldier in the Upper Junon Barracks will talk about the
coveted green officer's uniform, with the Japanese stating it is for elite officers (上級仕官, jōkyū shikan?).
The Public Security soldiers use firearms and grenades in battle, rather than swords and magic like the SOLDIER members commonly do. The riot police troops use riot shields, and some use flamethrowers. The shock troopers are this military force premier soldiers and are deployed to protect the Shinra Building. The shock troopers are protected by reinforced armor developed by the Advanced Weaponry Division, and wield a beam sword and a heavy machine gun. If their gear takes damage, the shock trooper can eject from the armor and gain superior mobility with the rollers on their feet, enabling them to run circles around their targets. The Public Security Forces also employ "guard dogs", monstrous canines.
The Public Security forces use armored vehicles and helicopters during deployments. As seen in Chapters 4 and 18 of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, Public Security operators also ride on motorcycles, seemingly based on a real-world design, taking inspiration from models driven by law enforcement officers around the world. Judging from the shape of the chassis, the height of the windshield, and the large saddlebags, it can be assumed these bikes are based on a Harley-Davidson FL model (one of the most popular police bikes in use).
Notable members[edit | edit source]
Cloud Strife was once a member of the Public Security Forces.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Shinra Public Security Forces forces are fought as enemies in Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-. The player can also control Cloud wearing the Public Security gear in the original Final Fantasy VII during the infiltration of Junon, but he does not take part in battle then.
Final Fantasy VII enemies[edit | edit source]
Final Fantasy VII Remake enemies[edit | edit source]
Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- enemies[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Final Fantasy VII, The department is called "Peace Preservation" in the Shinra HQ library
- Armored Shock Trooper Enemy Intel: Troopers belonging to the Shinra's Public Security Forces. Protected by reinforced armor developed by the Advanced Weaponry Division, and capable of inflicting heavy damage with their beam sword and heavy machine gun. As they are some of the most elite troopers in the military, they are tasked with guarding Shinra's HQ.