Detective Sergeant, early thirties, driven, known by those who
cross him as a hard bastard, he has wide-ranging experience as a
cop and diverse qualifications – he’s got a commercial
launch-master’s ticket and is a Navy-trained diver. He’s got
good instincts and acts quickly and decisively – good
attributes for a Roughies CO. But he can easily overstep the
mark between being unorthodox and out of line. His humour is
dry, particularly when he’s around Zack. Since the death of his
wife, he’s neatly parcelled out his life between his work and
his 11 year old daughter, Sophie.
Senior Customs Officer. Late twenties. Jane’s a charming
live-wire with a tendency to over achieve – illustrated by her
rank at Customs at such a young age, to go with her Masters in
Criminal Pysch. She’s had time in Sydney on exchange and NDIB
experience in Bangkok, returning with reasonable fluency in Thai
and Mandarin. She’s her father’s daughter, an overgrown tom-boy
at home on and under the sea, and seems unaware of her effect on
men. Her life so far has seldom seen Jane go short of anything,
boyfriends included. She’d be the last to admit that she’s
looking for something, or someone to anchor her a bit, but if,
as her widowed mother constantly tells her, she was half as good
at self-analysis as she is at profiling, it’d be as clear as the
aquiline nose on her beautiful face. Maybe this is that
something: a new job, a new challenge, new colleagues…
Detective Constable. Strong sense of right and wrong, which he’s
needed during protracted undercover work, which has put his
marriage on a knife-edge. His wife, Donna, is desperate to feel
settled enough to have kids, and Zack has sold the Roughies to
Donna as a means to a more stable and secure life. Zack’s bonds
with Danny are deep - they have watched each other’s backs so
often it’s second nature and their almost telepathic
communication is an inherent strength, but also a challenge to
anyone who works with them.
Detective Constable. Like Zack, Danny and Jane, commercial dive
certificated. Served two years with the Police Task Force in the
Solomon Islands, an experience he’s still trying to get over.
Like Danny and his mate Zack, Tom’s a tough and zealous cop, but
unlike them, he’s struggling to keep a lid on things.
Superintendent. Ron has a lot invested in the Roughies. He can
be avuncular and sometimes even paternal, but is basically
pretty tough and uncompromising in trying to execute his vision
of an inter-agency task force which can pull together the often
disparate threads of Police and Customs and give the bad guys a
much harder time than they’re currently getting. Ron knows
there’s a war going on out there for this society’s soul, and
that if they have any chance of winning it, they’ve got to try
new methods. Ron’s Roughies are part of that. Ron is sure of his
Roughies and their ability to do the job. He’s sure of his
ability to point them in the right direction. What he’s not so
certain of is his ability to fend off the political forces who
don’t want the lines blurred between Police and Customs.
Political forces which include his own superiors.
Currently with MAF (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry),
Noel’s a uniform chaser from way back - Cubs, Scouts, Sea
Scouts, fire brigade, St John Ambulance, Ministry of Transport.
Noel is the perennial joiner, but hasn’t risen high – yet. His
heart is in the right place and due to his experience with Ag
and Fish and more recently, Forestry, he’s not without skills.
Noel’s imposed on Danny by Ron Maddock, as a sop to Jane, who
wants less Police domination. Noel’s keen as mustard, and while
he may never be the Alpha male he aspires to be, his bottomless
enthusiasm has its pluses, particularly when there are shit jobs
to be done…