The rise of super powers in the population meant an increasing number of crimes committed by those with powers. The NYPD not only couldn't rely on there being a so-called 'superhero' available every time, they refused to abrogate that responsibility. It was their duty to protect the citizens of New York City and they intended to do it. This led to the creation of Code: Blue, one of the many bureaus in the NYPD. Pulled from the ranks of other departments, these officers were trained and equipped to respond to incidents of powered crime.

Tensions within the city rose as events led up to Registration becoming the law of the United States. It would be naive to think that politics plays no factor when it comes to the appointment of city officials and with the Mayor of NYC being a conservative proponent of Registration, it was guaranteed that the Chief of Police would be as well. Unsurprisingly, so too was the head of Code: Blue and while there was no litmus test for who got assigned to the department, ideology was an unofficial factor.

Make no mistake, the majority of the officers of Code: Blue were honorable men and women sworn to uphold the law and did so within the boundaries of proper police procedure. However, it's the exceptions that get remembered and there were more than a few of them once Registration took effect and the department was staffed with an increasing number of officers with anti-powered prejudices.

When Registration was struck down, the demands to disband Code: Blue were widespread as its reputation was heavily damaged. It can be argued that again, politics played a factor and the new Mayor and his newly appointed Chief of Police decided that Code: Blue would be shut down. Of course, New York City needed that kind of unit and in short order, it was replaced by the Powered Crime Bureau. Outreach officers were appointed and there was a push to recruit those with powers into the police force and ultimately the bureau itself. While there has been some minimal success, there's still a long way to go.

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