Official Security Guide

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As a part of Black Mesa's security forces, you are expected to maintain the safety of both the facility that you are personally stationed at and said facility's personnel. This includes the enforcement of facility law, the restriction of areas, the potential usage of firearms, and many other responsibilities that you have while working in the security force. The following guide will help you prepare for all responsibilities of being security personnel.

As all efficient structured forces, Black Mesa security personnel are expected to follow a strict hierarchy at all times. Each rank holds different authority, with the Security Cadet holding the lowest authority and the Security Chief holding the highest level of authority. The following is the hierarchy of on-site security.

  • Security Cadet;
  • Junior Security Officer;
  • Security Officer;
  • Senior Security Officer;
  • Security Sergeant;
  • Security Lieutenant;
  • Security Deputy Chief;
  • Security Chief.
Each rank, as stated before, holds a different and greater authority than the last. This, of course, primarily includes the distribution of equipment. Ranks highlighted in yellow are not authorized to lethal firearms. Ranks highlighted in red do not have proper authority to authorize the usage of firearms aside from a Glock-17; however, ranks highlighted in green have the proper authority to authorize the usage of firearms such as MP5s and SPAS-12s.


To ensure that all personnel are aware of the facility's current security status, there are different types of alarms which can go off. It is important that security personnel become aware of the alarms and what they mean.

  • WHITE ALARM: This alarm is triggered by security personnel in the Security Operational Command Center. This means there is some sort of security hazard throughout the facility and security personnel are going to be the primary caretakers of this situation.
  • ORANGE ALARM: This alarm is triggered by personnel in the Chemical Labs. This means there is some sort of chemical hazard going on in that area. Security and scientific personnel will commonly be the caretakers of these situations.
  • RED ALARM: This alarm is triggered by any personnel throughout the facility. This means that there is a fire hazard somewhere. Security and maintenance teams will be the primary caretakers of these situations.


As part of the Black Mesa security forces, you are tasked with on-facility law enforcement. This primarily involves the detainment of anybody breaking the law or facility rule in any way, shape, or form. The proper procedure of detainment is to handcuff the suspect, frisk them thoroughly, and take them to the detainment cells. Following this procedure, you will contact both a member of higher security authority and an on-site administrator. From there, the situation will vary heavily, but it is primarily the administrator's job to dish out any long-term punishment.

Another responsibility we have as law enforcement is the requirement to check and search identification for personnel who are entering the facility. Failure to show identification results immediately in detainment; from there, security personnel are to see the above protocol. With the job of law enforcement in our hands, it is also important to patrol the facility at almost all times. This ensures that no hazard or security threat goes unnoticed.

Alongside those responsibilities, security personnel may be tasked with the usage of lethal firearms. As normal law enforcement, all officers are trusted with the self-discretion of when to use a firearm; however, abuse of this authority will come with punishment from your higher-ups and administration. It is advised to only use your firearm when there is an indiviual or entity who is a direct threat to your life or the life of your on-site cohorts.


All security personnel are expected to follow a strict dress code while on-duty.
  • Highly-expressive hairstyles are not allowed; longer hair is to not be obscuring the eyes and is to be tucked away in either a bun or a ponytail.
  • Facial hair is authorized, but it is to be kept well-groomed.
  • Black security slacks are to be worn at all times.
  • A blue dress shirt alongside a black tie is to be worn at all times.
  • Security kevlar is to be worn at all times. Helmets are optional. Caps are not authorized to be worn.
  • Polished black security boots are to be worn at all times.
  • All jewelry (aside from watches) is to be kept in a personal locker and not worn while on-duty.
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