Thomas Beckmann is a Captain in the New Angeles Police Department. He is described as the last honest cop in town. This may explain why, despite his decades of service, he never rose above Captain - and why he lives in a small flat at the Strugatsky Apartments. His long experience has given him many contacts, however, and he can arrange a warrant of entry or a dropship pass for anyone.
Captain Beckmann's daughter is Rachel Beckmann. Their relationship is strained by her semi-legal profession of bounty hunter.