The Joint Task Force (JTF) is a coalition of police officers, firefighters, civil volunteers, and National Guardsmen formed in the aftermath of the "Dollar flu" smallpox outbreak on Black Friday. Led by NYPD Captain Roy Benitez, the group was initially chartered with the purpose of curbing the spread of the virus, efficiently distributing aid supplies, and maintaining order in New York City; however, the organization's grip on control gradually disintegrated as the disease continued to spread and panic took hold. Since then, the JTF has been considerably weakened and decentralized due to the incessant threat of several hostile factions, having been relegated to a small handful of safe houses throughout the city.
Intelligence Brief Edit
The JTF was formed by several local, state, and federal emergency service and military agencies including the NYPD, FDNY, and New York National Guard. Understaffed and overworked with meager resources, they have been stretched thin to say the least. As ensuing unrest decimated their ranks, the JTF lost control of New York, leaving the city to turn into a lawless death-trap for all its citizens. Unable to effectively coordinate and manage the response, the JTF now puts their hope in the members of the Division to lead the way. As such, all Division agents are strongly encouraged to assist the JTF, wherever possible, whether it's protecting supply drops or aiding civilians in need.Troops are scattered around New York and are ready to assist SHD agents or be assisted by them. Most men and women are tasked to protect the Base of Operations and Camp Hudson while few of them are in charge of gathering information and reconnaissance and sending this data to SHD. The JTF also mans various checkpoints throughout the city and sends out patrols whenever possible in order to increase stability and security.
Important People Edit
JTF members fill the role of allies. They can be seen guarding certain areas, patrolling the streets, and will be used in certain Missions and Encounters. However, it is unwise for players to rely on any JTF that assists them in combat even against low level Rioters. High level enemies, or even large enough numbers of enemies, can chew through squads of JTF if not dealt with. They infrequently engage targets, usually dealing very little damage if they manage to actually hit their target and practically stand no chance against bosses. However they can kill low level rioters if there are 2-3 of them.
They also lack unit types such as engineer, Medic and sniper thus reducing the JTF's ability to counter most enemy types in-game.
However, they are good in suppressing the enemy and you could flank and finish the enemy so don't underestimate the JTF soldiers. They are also good at distracting enemies, so if you are low on health while you're by yourself, use a med kit, pull back and let the JTF handle it.
Abandoned JTF vehicles ranging from police cars to armored transports can be spotted throughout the city. And more often than not, the corpses of dead JTF personnel are a very common sight. Whether it be killed off in entanglements with the Rioters, brutally murdered in a barbaric manner by Rikers, or executed by Last Man Battalion firing squads.
After finishing a quest or encounter, the location will permanently become a JTF checkpoint, and 2-4 troopers will occupy the area and occasionally engage a passing enemy.
- Police Officer - Armed with MP5 submachine guns, M870 shotguns and PF45 handguns. Usually with blue police garb.
- National Guardsman - Armed with M4 assault rifles, Super 90 shotguns and M9 handguns. Always sporting Army ACUs.
"Holy crap! How'd you do that" -after a battle alongside the agent
"Wish I could shoot like you" -after a battle alongside the agent
"It's those prisoners!" -spotting Rikers
"Rikers sure do hate us" -fighting Rikers
"Hate this PMC bullshit" -seeing LMB
"I didn't sign on to fight mercs" -engaging LMB
"Where do I get a gun like that?" -after a battle alongside the agent
"Thanks for the help" -after a battle
"LMB? Shit, they're tough!" - seeing LMB
- One can tell what a JTF soldier's original affiliation came from by looking at their uniform. They all share the same green helmets and vests, but police wear blue uniforms underneath, while national guardsmen wear army uniforms.
- Some members of the JTF in uniform may be civilians recruited after the collapse, however. This is evidenced by the fact that some JTF Officers, such as Anthony Zappa and JB Keller, wear uniforms but claim to have had professions other than police or guardsmen.
- According to the ECHOs, the JTF also includes US Army and Marine Corps Personnel in their ranks.