Shadows of Absalom
The Golden Company is unusual in a number of respects. Firstly, it is the only mercenary company allowed to work as a district guard in Absalom (under the direction of the Star Watch), and it is the only guard unit to patrol two districts: the Merchant's Quarter and the Foreign Quarter. 42 years ago, councils from the Merchant's Quarter got tired of the Token Guard making half-hearted security patrols around the district, and received permission from the Primarch to hire what was then the best mercenary company in Golarion, and the one with a spotless reputation. Crime immediately went down, and it was a success – the only stipulation agreed to by all parties was that while the Golden Company performed all the grunt work, it was administered and led by specially-assigned officers from the Star Watch. Soon, the Foreign Quarter Council also pitched in and hired the Company to be their district guard, and then the Grand Council said that was enough. As a result, the Golden Company is the one mercenary company in Absalom who almost never leaves the city, but has a steady paying gig working for the government. They can be recognized by their gold cloaks in both districts, where they are greatly trusted and appreciated.