Star Wars - Episode III.V - Rebellion Ascendant
Outfitted in thick, red-and-black armor, they maintain a close watch over all of Coruscant
The Coruscant Guard, later also known as the Elite Stormtroopers, began as a Republic military unit comprised of Clone shock troopers and were later a specialized branch of the Imperial stormtroopers who served as law enforcers on Coruscant and a few other Core Worlds. They were commonly called Imperial Guards, but should not be confused with the Emperor’s Royal Guard.
The shock troopers of the Coruscant Guard began their service at the start of the Clone Wars. Their responsibility was to protect important government buildings and maintain the defenses of Coruscant. The Guard also operated a Diplomatic Escort Group to accompany dignitaries or other important persons on special missions and assignments. Through Supreme Chancellor Palpatine’s emergency powers, the Guard received the authority to search and detain anyone they felt were a threat even if the Guard had no evidence. As the war continued, the Guard’s role expanded and they became Coruscant’s secondary police force next to the Coruscant Security Force, a role previously held by the Senate Guard.
With the Declaration of a New Order and the reformation of the Republic into the Galactic Empire, the Guard became Coruscant’s primary police force, supported by Police Droid units. Enforcing law and order with brutal efficiency, they were a feared organization among the citizens they were to protect. As the clones aged, members of the Guard were recruited from inside the Stormtrooper Corps. However, the Guard remained a separate organization from the stormtroopers assigned to the Coruscant Security Force. The Guard received new armor that was distinct from most clone trooper and stormtrooper armors. Light, yet heavily padded, it provided excellent protections from physical and hand-to-hand attacks. The advanced combat helmet allowed Guards to operate in complete darkness and had a comlink scrambler for direct communication with other Guards. A unit commander had a voice activated heads up display that allowed him to see the positions of the Guards under his command.
At the Height of the Emperor’s Reign, the Coruscant Guard had eclipsed the Senate Guard (old Blue Guard) and were also serving as the Senatorial Sector’s security force.