The Monster Control Bureau (MCB) is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice tasked with handling all supernatural issues, including keeping track of PUFF-exempt monsters and setting PUFF for new monster threats.
The primary mission of the MCB is to keep the existence of monsters and the supernatural a secret. The First Reason is that the more people who believe in the Old Ones, the more powerful they become.
The MCB is organized into four main departments:
Administration and Logistics
Research and Development
Special Response Team
The Monster Control Bureau was formed in 1901 by President Theodore Roosevelt in the wake the assassination of President McKinley by a golem and a German agent named Leon Czolgosz.
Congress passed legislation to officially charge the Secret Service with the responsibility for protecting the president, but faced with supernatural challenges beyond the ability of conventional law enforcement, the newly inaugurated President Roosevelt rushed the Perpetual Unearthly Forces Fund Act of 1901 through congress and took a personal role in the establishment of the MCB.
The MCB was tasked with enforcing the provisions of the Perpetual Unearthly Forces Fund Act of 1901 and monitoring people and organizations with a PUFF charter for bounty hunting. The initial seven MCB Special Agents were hand selected by President Theodore Roosevelt and were self-trained on the job.
First MCB agents:
Agent Franks (Identified as James Parker)
Secret Service Agent George Foster
Secret Service Agent Babcock
Secret Service Agent Foster
NYPD detective Joseph Petrosino
Buffalo detective John Geary
US Army Artillerymen, Francis O'Brien
After allegations of misconduct by Monster Control Bureau Special Agents in the Valentine’s Day massacre in 1929, a secret panel reviewed MCB operations. The report revealed an urgent need for the expansion of the MCB and a requirement for high-quality, cost-effective training by a cadre of professional instructors using modern training facilities and standardized course content. Congress responded by authorizing funds for planning and constructing the MCB Training Center (MCBTC). In 1930, the MCBTC was established as a classified Bureau of the Department of Justice and began training operations in temporary facilities near Washington, D.C.
The permanent location of the training center was originally planned for the Washington, D.C., area. However, a series of Vampire attacks on the location resulted in Congress requesting that surplus federal installations in remote areas be surveyed to determine if one could serve as the permanent site. After an extensive review of existing facilities, a classified federal research facility in Artesia New Mexico was selected. In the summer of 1935, the new MCB Training Center relocated from Washington, D.C., and began training in September of that year at Artesia. Artesia remains the headquarters site and main campus for the MCBTC and houses the senior leadership of the organization.
Both independently and by means of cooperative research and development agreements with the military and cooperative agreements with the entertainment industry, leading technology companies and academic institutions, MCBTC also conducts research to identify methods for protecting the natural world from unnatural forces.
As an interagency training organization, MCBTC has professionals from diverse backgrounds to serve on its faculty and staff. Approximately one-third of the instructor staff are permanent MCBTC employees. The remainder are federal officers and investigators on short-term assignment from the MCB field offices.
The MCBTC is co-located with the Artesia Detention Center,the facility responsible for holding federal Perpetual Unearthly Force Fund (PUFF) detainees.
To protect the children of MCBTC staff and students, Artesia’s Abo Elementary School, was built entirely underground and equipped to function as a fallout shelter. The school, completed in 1962, had a concrete slab roof which served as the school's playground. It contained a large storage facility with room for supplies for 2000 people in the event of an unnatural disaster..