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The Republic City Police is in charge of law enforcement in Republic City.[2] It is made up of a chief, detectives, regular officers, and an elite metalbending police team, which was founded by Toph Beifong.[4] The Republic City Police monitors events in the city through the use of several airships and police cars. They also have their own radio frequency to communicate; however, this radio frequency was disrupted by the creation of the spirit portal in 174 AG.[5] The chief of police leads both the Republic City Police and the Metalbending Police Force.


The Republic City Police was established after the formation of Republic City, and Toph, who created the elite Metalbending Police Force, led the organization for a number of years. The police, specifically the metalbending force, aided in the arrest of the notorious bloodbending crime boss, Yakone,[1] and several officers, including Toph herself, also provided security during his trial.[6] However, like all others present at the trial, these metalbending officers were bloodbent into submission by Yakone, allowing him to escape.[3]

In the mid 130s AG, the police apprehended two vandals and Tenzin after they got into a fight at the docks. The police took them to the headquarters, where Toph reprimanded Tenzin for dishing out vigilante justice instead of reporting their crimes. She let him off with a warning, but ordered the two criminals to spend the night in jail. However, Aang noted that the only crime had taken place on Air Temple Island, and offered to take responsibility for the criminals, so that they could make amends in the style of the Air Nomads, which Toph begrudgingly accepted.[7]

In 142 AG, Toph resigned as chief due to the guilt she felt for letting her youngest daughter, Suyin, walk free after she was arrested by Lin.[8]

170 AG

Metalbending officers chased Avatar Korra after she caused damage while battling the Triple Threat Triad.

The force was quick to respond to an incident involving Avatar Korra upon her arrival in Republic City in 170 AG. Several officers arrived at the scene after the Avatar's brief but destructive fight with three members of the Triple Threat Triad, who had been terrorizing a phonograph shop owner. After the short scuffle, the police rounded up the defeated triad members and told Korra that she was under arrest for property damage as a result of the fight. Korra attempted to flee on Naga, but an airship captured her and brought her to headquarters for questioning courtesy of Lin Beifong.[9]

Anti-bending Revolution

During the Pro-bending Championship Tournament, the police force provided extra security by supplying police airships, police boats, and officers to guard the vicinity around the arena after the Equalists threatened to attack the building. However, Equalists, who had been hiding among the audience, quickly incapacitated the metalbenders. Sometime during the incursion, all police boats and airships surrounding the arena were also destroyed.[1]

The police found evidence to incriminate Lau Gan-Lan of a connection with the Equalists.

After the attack on the Pro-bending Arena, Tarrlok arranged a press conference. He called for new leadership of the police force after Chief Lin Beifong's failure to prevent the destruction of the arena. Meanwhile, the Metalbending Police Force launched an in-depth investigation into who manufactured the Equalists' high-tech weapons by questioning witnesses to procure information. They investigated the Cabbage Corp factory, finding enough incriminating evidence to arrest Lau Gan-Lan‎‎, the head of the corporation. After Avatar Korra told Chief Beifong about a possible connection between Hiroshi Sato and the Equalists, the Metalbending Police Force, together with Tenzin and Korra, searched for any indication of such a wrongdoing. None of the Future Industries warehouses contained anything of the sort.

However, after receiving an anonymous tip, the police force invaded the Sato estate in search of a secret factory beneath its grounds. Metalbending officers accompanied Lin Beifong and the rest of the search party, but they were ambushed by Equalist mecha tanks and were soon overpowered. While part of the group was able to escape via airship, several metalbending officers were captured and taken to Amon. However, after the escape, Lin Beifong stated her resolve to resign as chief and retrieve her men without the restraints of the law.[10]

Metalbending officers, acting under Tarrlok's command, mass-arrested innocent nonbending residents of the Dragon Flats borough.

Following Chief Beifong's resignation, Saikhan was inducted as Chief of Police and agreed to lend any of the police force's available resources to Tarrlok and his task force. As a result, the councilman's influence in the police force increased greatly. Many metalbending officers were summoned to quell a supposed Equalist rally in the Dragon Flats borough. At the scene, officers arrested Mako, Bolin, and Asami Sato, as well as the nonbender crowds in the borough at Tarrlok's command; they were disobeying the recently enacted nonbender curfew law. After the incident, Tenzin and Korra arrived at the police headquarters, demanding that Chief Saikhan release Korra's friends and the nonbenders that had been arrested. The Chief advised them to speak with Tarrlok about the matter.[2]

Tarrlok ordered Chief Saikhan to deploy the entire police force to find the Avatar when Amon had reportedly kidnapped her. However, this was simply a ploy to keep the force busy while Tarrlok disposed of the Avatar.[3]

Lin Beifong rescued the officers captured during the battle at the Equalist factory.

While searching for the Avatar in a tunnel network running through Republic City, Lin Beifong, Tenzin, Bolin, Mako, and Asami came across an Equalist prison. Upon employing her seismic sense and embarking on a short search, Lin found her former officers incarcerated in a cell, and she used her metalbending to pry open its bars. Upon entering, Lin asked her officers if Amon had removed their bending already, to which an officer nodded. The team and its newly rescued allies proceeded to escape the Equalist facility via a hijacked Equalist tram cart.[3]

During the Equalists' battle for Republic City, numerous metalbending officers were knocked out when Amon's forces siphoned knockout gas into the police headquarters. Later, as Councilman Tenzin safely led a group of officers and telephone operators outside, several officers, including Chief Saikhan, were captured by Equalist mecha tanks equipped with large magnets.[11]

Several officers later had their bending removed by Amon on Air Temple Island, along with several sentries from the Order of the White Lotus.[12]

171 AG

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After the Anti-bending Revolution, the Metalbending Police Force returned to the streets of Republic City, Lin Beifong was reinstated as chief,[13] Korra restored bending to the officers who had lost it,[14] and Mako became a police officer, aiding in the arrests of triad members. When civil war ignited between the Water Tribes, the police supervised a peace march held by Southerners outside their cultural center but were unable to prevent the Agni Kai Triad from bombing the cultural center. Everyone assumed the Northerners to be behind the attack, but Officer Mako, having witnessed the Agni Kais fleeing the scene, knew otherwise.[15]

The police force later posted security around the Pro-bending Arena once more for the finale of The Adventures of Nuktuk: Hero of the South, in which President Raiko was in attendance. However, four waterbenders infiltrated the arena and incapacitated Detectives Lu and Gang, before attempting to kidnap Raiko. When Bolin forced one of the waterbenders to reveal Varrick was his employer, the police swiftly arrested the businessman. Mako was subsequently released from prison.[16]

After the Harmonic Convergence

Two weeks after Harmonic Convergence, the police tracked Daw down to Kyoshi Bridge. After he accidentally blew himself to the top of it, the Metalbending Police Force stationed themselves on the bridge's suspension cables in an attempt to help him down. However, after Daw accidentally summoned a gust of wind that knocked them off the bridge, they metalbent their cables to the bridge and landed safely onto the road alongside other members. They subsequently watched as Korra succeeded in getting Daw to the ground.[17]

Some days later, the police began tracking Zaheer and the Red Lotus, who were hunting the Avatar and were hiding in the city. The criminals were eventually detected attempting to sneak past a security checkpoint and police cars gave pursuit though the criminals were able to escape.[8]

174 AG

The Metalbending Police Force helped prepare the square before City Hall for Prince Wu's coronation as Earth King by setting up bleachers. During the actual ceremony, they flanked the high officials on the podium, making sure no harm would befall them.[18]

After Kuvira's failed invasion of the United Republic of Nations, the police headquarters was severely damaged, forcing the Republic City Police to relocate. During this time, the police spent time busting triads who had been engaging in turf wars since the destruction of their territories during the invasion. The police force also hired Bolin, and he was temporarily partnered with Mako, who was still healing from his injuries sustained during the invasion.

Mako and Lin Beifong questioned Two Toed Ping in the temporary police headquarters.

On the evening of Bolin's first arrest, the police intervened in a turf war between the Triple Threat and Creeping Crystal Triad and managed to apprehend several gangsters, including Viper, Two Toed Ping, and Mushi. On Lin's orders, the latter two were transported to the temporary headquarters for booking and questioning by Mako and Bolin. Lin Beifong interrogated Two Toed Ping in an attempt to learn about the Triple Threat Triad's new leader, to no avail, until Mako came up with a plan to trick Ping into talking. By telling Two Toed Ping that Mushi had identified him as the brain behind the attack on the Creeping Crystal Triad, Ping angrily exclaimed that Mushi was a liar, as it had been Tokuga's plan, not his. Realizing his mistake, Ping declared himself a "dead man", for Tokuga was a ruthless man. He told Lin and Mako that Tokuga had risen to power by taking advantage of the chaos after the destruction wrought by the invasion; after taking over Viper's position as leader of the Triple Threats, he started amassing other triads' turfs and intended to reunite all the triads under his rule. Realizing the danger Tokuga posed, Lin declared Tokuga to be at the top of the police's most-wanted list.

Mako and Bolin fought Tokuga at the Republic City Spirit portal.

Mako and Bolin, together with Korra and Asami, were later alerted by Jinora that the Triple Threat Triad was attacking her and other airbenders at the Republic City spirit portal. En route by flying bison, Mako tried to use his radio to call for backup but was unsuccessful due to the disturbance of the radio signals caused by the creation of the spirit portal. At the portal, Bolin and Mako engaged Tokuga, but before either could arrest him, he used smoke grenades to evade them.[5]

The police was annoyed by Varrick's zany schemes after his wife took office as president, as the First Gentleman often went missing only to turn up unharmed in ridiculous circumstances a few days later. Chief Beifong was extremely annoyed after Varrick went missing for nearly a month after thinking of a new usage for moo-sow milk that was only going to work in the Spirit World, and had to institute the "Varrick Rule" in missing persons cases, where Varrick specifically had to be missing for at least a week before anyone even talked to her about the matter. Unfortunately, this meant that Zhu Li and the first family's security team believed they could not approach the police when Varrick went missing from the Pro-bending Arena a year later, even though there were signs that the situation was urgent. Instead, Zhu Li enlisted the help of a small group of people to find Varrick and resolve the case.[19][20]

Metalbending Police Force

The Metalbending Police Force is the elite division of the Republic City Police,[4] founded by Toph Beifong.[2] By using metalbending to manipulate the metal cables within the cylindrical spool devices on their backs, the officers are able to restrain criminals and navigate the city quickly and efficiently. Along with this equipment, they are also known to carry truncheons and riot shields. Through their use of several airships, they are granted extra mobility that allows them to easily apprehend felons and deploy forces for pursuit.[4]

There are also certain squads within the Metalbending Police Force that serve a specialized purpose. After the invention of mecha tanks and mecha suits, a specialized force of anti-mecha police was established.[21]


The Chief of Police's uniform is darker with gold trim and a badge on the left hand side.

For non-metalbender officers, the uniform consists of dark pants, a coat with gold buttons and badge bearing Republic City's logo, and a belt worn over the coat. The coat is gray, with the collar being a lighter shade and the shoulders a darker shade of gray with yellow lines running across.

The Metalbending Police Force's uniform consists mainly of segmented metal armor, which offers protection against chi-blocking. Cylindrical spools are attached to the back of each officer, with metallic cables extending through the arm; the compacted metal wires can be lengthened or retracted through metalbending. Metalbending police officers are adept at manipulating these metal wires, often bending them with enough force to cling to solid earth or to wrap around a person. This is their primary use of law enforcement, developed by Chief Lin Beifong herself.[22] These cables are the officers' weapon of choice, but they also carry additional equipment such as truncheons and riot shields.

For regular metalbending officers, the majority of the uniform is a light gray color with the hat being a slightly darker shade of gray. The foot piece of the armor is made up of retractable metal plates and it allows the officers to expose their feet to the ground when necessary. Due to the fact that the armor is made out of metal, the officers can swiftly put on their uniforms by utilizing their metalbending skills. For the Chief of Police, the uniform is almost the same, except the metal is a slightly darker gray shade and it has gold rims separating each piece of the armor.[3]

Methods, equipment, and abilities

A police airship deployed three metalbender officers, led by Saikhan.

In addition to manipulating wires attached to the spools on their backs, metalbending police officers make use of metal wires dispersed throughout Republic City. Officers can maneuver through streets by attaching a wire from their spools to a stationary wire, propelling through the city in a similar fashion to vine swinging. In addition, officers can attach wires to mobile objects such as Satomobiles while on top of a stationary wire, using the moving unit to "surf" through the city. Saikhan demonstrated this ability while in pursuit of Avatar Korra. Lin Beifong displayed the capability of extending retractable metal blades from the sleeves of her armor.[10]

The police force operates efficiently and attempts to produce minimal damage to the city. The officers are deployed in small groups by patrol airships that constantly circle the capital's boundaries. A siren indicates the arrival of police units, and officers arrive soon after to immobilize criminals through the use of metal wires, before transporting them to the police headquarters.[9]

Chief Saikhan commanded the police from the communications room during the battle for Republic City.

The members of the police force utilize police scanners to communicate with one another while patrolling Republic City, as well as loud alarms and megaphones.[2] Operators within the communications room of the police headquarters collect and evaluate all information from the police officers, airships, and ferries. In times of emergency, this room acts as the command center for the chief and the whole police force, given its role as the junction for all police communication.[11]


  • Airships — Manufactured by Future Industries, airships are used for monitoring the streets of Republic City, as large sections of the city are visible from the air.[23]
  • Boats — The police force employs boats when the situation calls for watching or approaching a location on the water.[1]
  • Cars — Also developed by Future Industries, the police car is similar to a Satomobile, but it is equipped with sirens, police radios, as well as a caged back for transporting criminals.[24]
  • Heavy duty trucks — These heavy-duty police trucks are reinforced with armor to be dispensed into any high threat scenario to ensure the safety of police officers.[25] They are also equipped with a metal plow to move objects out of the way.[10]
  • Motorcycles[13]


Main article: Police headquarters

The police headquarters is located in downtown Republic City.

The Metalbending Police Force brought apprehended criminals to its headquarters, located deep within Republic City. Its base of operations was a monumental building, the grandeur of which was represented by the numerous entrances and windows adorning the exterior. A metal statue of Toph stood on a pinnacle near the building's center. The building was severely damaged in the Invasion of the United Republic, and the Republic City Police relocated to a temporary building.[5]

Known employees

Known arrests


  • Creators and executive producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have said that the Metalbending Police Force was partially inspired by the Dai Li.[4]
  • Their uniform bears striking similarities in appearance to traditional samurai armor.[4]
  • The conservative and deliberate method of operation that the Metalbending Police Force employs bears similarities to the Dai Li, the secret police of Ba Sing Se. One major difference between the groups, however, is that the Metalbending Police Force ultimately has to answer to the United Republic government, while the Dai Li's top operatives, such as Long Feng, were essentially free to organize policy as they wished.
  • The Metalbending Police Force's method of traversing quickly around using extendable metal wires is like Spiderman's web-slinging.
  • In an interview, Sifu Kisu explained that the fighting style of the Metalbending Police is based on the Chu Gar Southern Praying Mantis Style, with modern military techniques also thrown in.[26] He has jokingly called this "ambigu-bending" because of its lack of definition as compared to the more ordinary form of earthbending and the unique style which Toph herself performed.
  • The old model of the uniforms worn by metalbending officers consisted of less metal plating and did not have wire spools on the back of the uniform. Instead, the metal cables were stored in circular canisters just above the officer's hip.[2]


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