- "These things are becoming a big problem, Dowling. Finally turning the tide of public opinion on the goddamn vampires. The mayor's talking to us about a new task force to deal with them. About time, you ask me. Y'know, it occurs to me we'll need someone to take point... you got any ideas?"
- ―Dowling 's sergeant offers him a new position[src]
SFPD homicide detectives Miranda Cheung and Robert Dowling began investigating a mysterious case involving zompires, the new, feral breed of vampires following the destruction of the Seed of Wonder and subsequent end of magic. Zompires posed a significant danger since they lacked the intelligence to follow Harmony Kendall's rules which had allowed vampires to be embraced by the public; instead, zompires fed, killed, and sired indiscriminately.
Concerned about this new threat, Detective Dowling invited the heroic vampire Spike on a police ride-along to learn more about zompires and how to slay them. However, when investigating a nest, Detective Cheung was killed and sired, eventually being slain by her partner Dowling. Following this tragedy, Dowling's sergeant created a special police task force whose goal it was to hunt and kill zompires.
Recently, because of prior experience in the occult, Olivia Williams was recruted like liaison for this division.