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Bentley: Sly! Come in! Sly! Do you read me?
Sly Cooper: Yeah. I read you. Loud and... very loud.
― At the start of the job[src]

"Police Headquarters" is the prologue episode of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. It was also the first job in the Sly Cooper series. It was set in Paris, France at 4:20 am.


Sly Cooper began his approach by sneaking across a few rooftops in Paris to get into position on the roof of Police Headquarters, where he would need to swipe an important police file from the office of Inspector Carmelita Fox. Once the raccoon was in position, he was contacted by his friend Bentley, who exhibited nervous feelings about the job, but Sly assured him there was no need to worry, as this was a job only he could pull off.

Sly using stealth auras for the first time

Having fully scoped out the station's security system, Bentley directed Sly to an air vent leading inside. Shortly before the briefing was over, Murray also appeared on the line to remind Sly that he was behind the wheel and would take care of the rest. As Sly approached the small water tower on the roof, along its ledge were some blue sparkles that caught his attention. Having already read about them, Bentley explained that master raccoon thieves can sense thieving opportunities, which manifest themselves as unexplainable stealth auras, sparkles that would allow Sly to perform sneaky moves, such as sneaking around ledges. Sly used these sparkles to help him navigate around the tower and made it up to the air vent. He then used his cane to break his way inside.

Sly with the file in hand

Once in, Sly came across a vertical shaft littered with yellow crisscrossed lasers. After carefully jumping down the shaft, from platform to platform, he disabled the siren and he gained access to the hallways. Sly found Carmelita's office behind a red door, but since he could not simply pass through it, he had to sneak around for another point of entry. After getting inside through a window, he approached Carmelita's vault, which held the police file.

Carmelita's first appearance in the series

After cracking its code and taking the file, Sly left behind a calling card and proceeded to make his escape to the van, but as soon as he set foot on the fire escape, he was caught red-handed by Carmelita, who spotted him from a nearby rooftop. After a short banter between the two, Sly rushed down the fire escape, with Carmelita firing at him and destroying the entire structure in the process. The raccoon then rushed through the parking lot to reach the team van. Once Sly was inside, he and the gang drove off, with Carmelita angrily shouting out to Sly that he cannot escape her.



Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus - Introduction - Secret Origins