This page is about the first job from Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. For the job found in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, see Police HQ.
Bentley: Sly! Come in! Sly! Do you read me?
Sly: Yeah I read you. Loud and... very loud.
— At the start of the job.[src]

"Police Headquarters" is the prologue episode and first job of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus.


Sly Cooper is breaking into the Police Headquarters in Paris to steal a secret file on himself and the Fiendish Five. Bentley briefs him on the task and directs him to an air vent that he can use to break inside. After an explanation of Stealth Auras by Bentley, Sly makes his way to the air vent and heads inside. He disarms a laser security system and sneaks into Inspector Carmelita Fox's office via the windows (as the door was locked). There, he opens her safe and takes the police file.

As he attempts to flee through the fire escape, Sly is caught red-handed by Carmelita. He reminisces on their last encounter in Bombay (where he took the Fire Stone of India), and Carmelita explains her new Shock Pistol to him. She uses it in an attempt to apprehend Sly, but the raccoon manages to escape into the Cooper Van. As the Cooper Gang drives off, Carmelita shouts out: "You can't escape me, raccoon!".

On the drive back to the hideout, Sly talks about his back-story and his life up to that point. At the end, he comments that on his mission to defeat the Fiendish Five and retrieve the Thievius Raccoonus, he will either become a master thief like all his ancestors... or fail and disgrace his family name.


  • The soundtrack for this level is also used in the hideout and "A Grave Undertaking."
  • There is a glitch in this level that allows players to free-roam throughout Paris (see here).
  • In the PS3 version of the game, the music for this level stays consistent throughout. In the original PS2 version, the music changes a little after sneaking past the water tower.
  • In the PS3 version, Carmelita's line "Criminal!" is off-sync. It is heard the second Sly jumps out the window, rather than when she jumps onto the building.