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SpecOps is a fictional overarching British governmental force in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series of novels. It was established in 1928 to handle policing duties "too unusual or too specialized" to be handled by the regular police. The force and divisions are similar in name (for example SO27) to the real world Specialist Operations of the Metropolitan Police Service.
Known SpecOps divisions
- SpecOps 1: The division that polices SpecOps itself.
- SpecOps 2: Weirder Stuff (aliens according to an unpublished chapter of The Eyre Affair).
- SpecOps 3: Office for Alternate Universe Travel (as opposed to time travel) a.k.a. Weird Stuff The Eyre Affair.
- SpecOps 5: Search & Containment. SpecOps 5 is given a man to track until "found and contained" (a euphemism for killed), then is posted with another target. SpecOps 4 is "pretty much the same" but after a different target. SpecOps 5's assignments have included Acheron Hades and his sister Aornis.
- SpecOps 6: National Security, the department responsible for protecting the president and prime minister. It has also been responsible for protecting Mycroft Next, presumably from the Russians, as he is a scientific genius.
- SpecOps 9: Antiterrorism.
- SpecOps 12: The ChronoGuard, or the Office for Special Temporal Stability. Responsible for policing the timestream, dealing with Anomalous Time Ripplation and repairing paradoxes and timephoons.
- SpecOps 13: Genetic detectives, responsible for the destruction of chimeras and the regulation of genetic engineered pets, including those formerly extinct. SpecOps 13 is also responsible for Neanderthal affairs.
- SpecOps 14: Tactical support, known for its sharpshooters and trigger-happiness.
- SpecOps 15: Drug Enforcement Agency.
- SpecOps 17: Suckers & Biters, the Vampire and Werewolf Disposal Operation. Despite a three-point confirmation procedure, every so often one of its operatives stakes a goth by mistake. SpecOps 17 also deals with Supremely Evil Beings, thousands of which are contained and placed in plain glass jars at the Loathsome Id Containment Facility; and ghosts, zombies, demons, and other supernatural beings.
- SpecOps 21: Transport Authority.
- SpecOps 22: English Aviation Authority.
- SpecOps 23: Food and Drugs administration.
- SpecOps 24: Art crime.
- SpecOps 25: Industrial Safeguards.
- SpecOps 26: Pasta Police.
- SpecOps 27: The Literary Detectives, the agency responsible for dealing with forged or stolen manuscripts and works of literature.
- SpecOps 28: Inland Revenue Services, including assessing income taxes.
- SpecOps 29: The Shakespeare division, granted its own wing of SpecOps rather than falling under the purview of SO-27.
- SpecOps 30: Neighbourly Disputes. (Note: on Jasper Fforde's official SpecOps website, SO-30 is given as the Public Services Enforcement Authority.)
- SpecOps 31: Good Taste Re-education Authority. In First Among Sequels it is the Cheese Enforcement Agency.
- SpecOps 32: Domestic Horticultural Enforcement Agency.
- SpecOps 33: Entertainments Facilitation Department.
- SpecOps 34: GlobalWebPolice.
Known SpecOps Operatives
- Colonel Flanker
- Fillip Tamworth (expired)
- Filbert Snood (expired)
- Agent Buckett
- Thursday Next
- Agents Kannon and Phodder, Agents Dedmen and Walken, and Agents Slaughter and Lamb.
- Agent Buckett
- Colonel Next
- Friday Next
- Filbert Snood
- Captain Marat
- Colonel Rutter
- Bendix Scintilla, Chronoguard recruiter
- Mr. Stiggins (Neanderthal, head of department)
- Miles Hawke
- Thursday Next
- Bowden Cable
- Victor Analogy
- Agent Lamb
- John Smith
- The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
- Lost in a Good Book, by Jasper Fforde
- Something Rotten, by Jasper Fforde
- Jasper Fforde's official SpecOps website at Thursdaynext.com