The Geheime Staatspolizei, (German: Secret State Police), also referred to simply as the Staatspolizei and by its abbreviation the Gestapo serves as the secret state police of the Greater Nazi Reich. It is also a division of the Schutzstaffel.
The force was created by Hermann Göring in 1933 by amalgamating the various security and law enforcement agencies of the German state of Prussia into one organization, and filling the ranks with members of the Nazi Party.
In 1934 the organization was upgraded from being Prussia-based to the national level and overall control was transferred to the Schutzstaffel where it was overseen by then Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler.
After the transfer it was considered a sub-office of the Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo: Security Police), the blanket name given to the combination of the Gestapo and regular Kriminalpolizei.
By 1939 the agency was administered as Department 4 of the newly formed Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA: Reich Main Security Office) and became a division of the Sicherheitsdienst, the intelligence wing of the SS.
When Amy Smith finds a jazz record belonging to her sister Jennifer Smith and threatens to report her to the authorities, her father Reichsmarshall John Smith lies and claims the record is his, as he is holding it as evidence as part of a Gestapo investigation the Schutzstaffel is assisting with.
On the orders of Reichsmarshall John Smith, Gestapo agent Martha Stroud is assigned as the personal bodyguard to Helen Smith. Stroud is often accompanied by other male Gestapo agents, but the fact she is a woman allows her to maintain close proximity to Helen Smith without arousing suspicion that she is a police agent.
- Heinrich Himmler - Chief of German Police, Minister of Interior
- Reinhard Heydrich - Director of Gestapo, Director of SiPo, Director of Reich Main Security Office
- Martha Stroud - Staatspolizei Agent