Following the success of military centralization, The Law Enforcement Department was founded in 2112 in order to integrate all pre-Foundation police forces into a single entity. The organizationís introductory phase was bloody and anarchic, with many law enforcement elements deserting their posts in protest of the loss of national identity.
Whereas military power could be conceded without major changes to each regionís way of life, the centralization of police forces was a dramatic and rapid reorientation of civil liberty many found difficult to accept. While violence and bloodshed erupted in population centers, Parliament acted. Martial law was enacted for the first time in the Dominionís history, and order was restored.
With the merger of all the individual national Police Institutions into a unified body, it was inevitable that a clash of cultures and law enforcement methodology would arise, and is seen clearly even to this date. The Law Enforcement Department strives to overcome petty differences to work towards fullfilling its common cause, but from time to time, conflicts inevitably arise due to the diverse personalities of the police officers. Nevertheless, shining moments arise when such differences are put aside for a greater good, as has been demonstrated in the past.
The law enforcement picture is now complex, with corporate security forces now overlapping with the LED's jurisdiction, and the encroachment of the Freedom Defence Corp (FDC) with its powers to declare martial law in any zone. Now, with clan activities at a historical peak, the danger to LED officers and the threat to the rule of law have never been higher.
The various Commissioners over the decades have made many structural changes to the LED, but they mostly served to add to the bureaucracy that was to be overcome with the foundation of a unified Law Enforcement Department.
Nevertheless, recent leadership changes have seen glimpses of potential for good in the Law Enforcement Department, as well as for re-establishing a working relationship with the FDC. Accusations of corruption within the LED have been rife. Whether or not those accusations have a legitimate basis to them remains to be seen due to the secretive nature of the Internal and Foreign Affairs Departments.
LED officers are at the forefront of ordered society, without which the democratic rule of law would not be possible. With the institution of the Colonial Senate they protect the very halls where Colonial rule is debated by the Colonial Senators. They have the responsibility to uphold the law so the common citizen can live out their lives in peace and safety; and they will not let the citizens down.