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"Your catch of the day claims he got [the cocaine] from Tyson Latchford, with whom Detective Dao has had several run-ins. I want you two to bring him in for a little chat."

Captain Dawes

Back to School is the first episode of the single-player campaign of Battlefield Hardline.[1] Nicholas Mendoza, now a detective, gets acquainted with his new partner Khai Minh Dao, as they search for one Tyson Latchford.[2] The level partially serves as a tutorial on the singleplayer-specific mechanics in Hardline, introducing the player to their Tactical Gear, the Scanner, Distraction, Freeze, and Case Files.


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"You're convinced that you're just one of the
good guys, aren't you? There's no such thing, son."
This section contains spoilers for Battlefield Hardline.

Sometime after the Prologue, Nick is partnered with veteran Detective Khai Minh Dao by Captain Dawes who keeps Sergeant Stoddard on special detail. The Captain assigns them to locate and secure Tyson Latchford on his sealing of the Hot Shot.

Khai and Nick drive through a neighborhood, they discuss their origins, the drug war plundering Miami and hear and see locals evening sessions.

Exiting their vehicle, so they won’t alert locals in the area, Khai and Nick eventually find Brix, an associate of Latchford. Nick is taught how to apprehend a criminal, as Brix questions Khai.

Nick is ordered by Khai to handcuff him, giving in, Brix tells them that "Tap" is by the chair tonight. Khai leaves him there, as she tells a worried Mendoza that he possibly tried to kill an officer, and replies "fuck him".

After Nick is taught how to distract, handcuff, and how to freeze criminals, the detectives arrest Tap. Tap, who is wired, goes through Tyson's hideout to ask him for more, being denied at first, but finally sets an agreement. Lawrence Kent and his henchman come and attack, killing Tyson's associates.

Khai and Mendoza defeat the criminals, and find out that Tyson was never there, but on a web-cam on a computer. With Khai's chip, they locate him and extract in the police interceptor. There, Khai is shot by a criminal, as Mendoza and Latchford cover Khai until the SWAT Team enters. The SWAT ask the detective if he knows Tyson, Nick replies with he does spreadsheets.[3]


Lawrence KentEdit

Lawrence Kent is the only suspect with a warrant in the level. He arrives in the first car that enters the school courtyard as the right-rear passenger, and can be easily spotted with the Scanner when the cars arrive. He'll eventually position himself alone in front of a doorway on the first floor of the school, and the player will reach this area as they continue through the level. Like other warrants, Kent can be located by the handcuff symbol over his head after he has been scanned. The player simply needs to remain undetected as they clear the school, and when the player encounters Kent at the doorway, they can either use the T62 CEW to take him down or use Freeze and arrest him.

Case FilesEdit

The Hot Shot FileEdit

Completing The Hot Shot File is a mandatory part of the episode, and serves an introduction to the Case File system. All three pieces of evidence for the file are found on the second floor of the school; two in the room with the Tactical Gear case and one in the room next to it. The first piece of evidence is a document folder on the desk in the room, the second is a document on the counter on the right side of the room next to the printer. The third and final piece of evidence is a trace on a table in the next room.

Related Achievements and TrophiesEdit

The following achievements/trophies can be completed on this mission.

Image Name Criteria Achievement Points Trophy Type Information
Pressure Applied Pressure Applied Complete Episode 1: Back to School 20 Bronze
Motley Crew Motley Crew Tag all Criminals visible from the rooftop in Back to School 25 Bronze This achievement requires tagging all 17 Criminals at the school while following Tap with the Scanner. They are located as follows:
  • Two are standing at the entrance
  • Three are inside the school on the first floor
  • One is upstairs on the right
  • Three are upstairs near the windows on left of the school
  • Eight are inside the vehicles that arrive at the school
Keep Digging, Detective Keep Digging, Detective Complete any case file in single-player 20 Bronze Awarded with the completion of The Hot Shot File during the episode
By the Book By the Book Do a Non-Lethal Takedown on 10 Criminals in Single-player 20 Bronze Can be completed during the level depending on how many enemies the player takes down Non-Lethally.


  • While walking through the neighborhood, two local residents playing chest can be heard making references to The Cousins from the Breaking Bad television series.



  1. Battlefield: Hardline Review
  2. Battlefield Hardline Episode Guide - Battlefield Hardline Official Website - Retrieved February 25, 2015
  3. Episode 1: Back to School Walkthrough - Official Prima Guide - Retrieved March 11, 2015
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