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"Why would the police be... I mean, why would they lie?"
"Let's see, Captain Brilliant — would it be because the cops are Controllers?"
"Probably not
all the cops."
"If the police have been infiltrated by the Controllers, who knows how many others have, too?"
Jake, Marco, Tobias and Rachel[src]

The police department of the Animorphs' hometown in California is a law enforcement agency that had many of its members infested during the Andalite-Human-Yeerk War to serve as hosts for the Yeerk Empire.


In 1995,[1] the Yeerk Empire began a secret invasion of Earth[2] out of a city in California.[3] By 1997,[4] some of the officers of the city's police department had been infested by the Yeerks and turned into host bodies.[5]

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A cop-Controller speaks to the Animorphs

Later that year, Elfangor's fighter, along with Visser Three's Blade ship and two Bug fighters, were spotted landing on a construction site. In order to control the situation, the Yeerk Empire tasked its human-Controllers with dissuading these statements. One of these Controllers, a spokesman for the police department, claimed that the lights and explosions were done by kids playing with fireworks. As the Yeerks were aware that human children had witnessed their actions on the construction site, they began to search for them. One of the cop Controllers drove to Cassie's farm, where he grew suspicious of Cassie; however, after asking the kids to share any information they learned, the cop Controller invited them to join The Sharing. Later that night, this cop Controller, who was also an adult supervisor for The Sharing, noticed Cassie trying to eavesdrop on a meeting for Controllers. As a result, the cop Controller drove to Cassie's farm two days later and kidnapped her; he then brought her into the underground Yeerk pool complex to be infested. However, the rest of the Animorphs assumed their battle morphs and staged a battle, where they successfully managed to save Cassie. The cop Controller was killed during this battle, although the exact details were unknown since Cassie did not wish to talk about it.[5]

Less than a month later, the police were en route to Dealin' Dan Hawke's Used Cars dealership after reports emerged that an elephant had destroyed many of the cars on the lot.[6]


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  1. In VISSER, Edriss 562 launches the invasion of Earth and fakes the death of her host, Eva. In #1, Eva is said to have died/disappeared two years prior. As #1 takes place in 1997, this places Eva's disappearance, and the beginning of the invasion of Earth, in 1995.
  3. The Beginning
  4. The Andalite Chronicles is said to take place 10 years after the 1966 Yeerk exodus of The Hork-Bajir Chronicles and 21 years before Elfangor met the Animorphs. This places it in 1976, meaning the Animorphs met Elfangor in 1997.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Invasion
  6. The Encounter