The Los Santos Police Department ― “To Protect and to Serve” It is the mission of the Los Santos Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the diverse communities to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence. The motto, "To Protect and To Serve," states the essential purpose of the Los Santos Police Department. The Department protects the right of all persons within its jurisdiction to be free from criminal attack, to be secure in their possessions, and to live in peace. The Department serves the people of Los Santos by performing the law enforcement function in a professional manner, and it is to these people that the Department is ultimately responsible. The Los Santos Police Department has a very long and storied history within San Andreas. As one of the premier agencies of this great nation, historically the LSPD has been a pioneer in the occupation of policing. Our department has been the motivator for many police reformations across the United States, a beacon of diversity and equity, and an excellent force for public justice. This department has seen many changes since its founding in the late 1800s, and now is no different. Although the department has not always been free from controversy, I wish for the citizens of Los Santos to take solace in the fact that this administration recognizes our past. Our department seeks to remain an innovator in tactics, technology, and civil service. We want to be at the forefront of best community policing agencies. And we want to ensure the citizens of this fine city that we are competent and capable enough to function in this increasingly diverse atmosphere - professionally, courteously, and above all, justly. All people of Los Santos have a right to feel safe at home, at work, and in pursuit of a better life. Be safe out there, DANIEL SWENSON Chief of Police The Los Santos Police Department provides law enforcement services to the City of Los Santos and is responsible for protecting and serving its citizens. The Los Santos Police Department is directed by a Chief of Police, who is appointed to the office by the Mayor of San Andreas. The history of the Los Santos Police Department can be traced directly to Spanish colonial authorities embedded in the missions of the Los Santos countryside in the early 1600s. Needing protection from native raids and frontier bandits, a contingent of Spanish colonial soldiers were hired to guard the compounds of the city. After San Andreas declared independence as the San Andreas Republic during the Mexican-American War, the Republic voluntarily petitioned for annexation into the United States after the war. After growth on the American frontier and continued western expansion, during the 1840s the first formal policing agencies were established formally subsumed under the San Andreas State Militia, the Los Santos Rangers. This frontier service was little more than a night watch service as compared to modernized forces following Peel's doctrines. The department's formal history began in the mid 1870s with the establishment of the City Marshal's Office. This uniformed service was the first municipal civil service within the city of Los Santos. Fifteen police chiefs served from 1879 to 1889, albeit it wasn't until Jim R. Door was police chief for 15 years that a consistency was developed. The department developed into the municipal Los Santos Police Department in the early 20th century. In 1910, the department was one of the first departments in the world to grant policing powers to a female officer. In 1918, the department granted full powers to the first African-American female officer. During World War 1, the force quickly became involved in federal offenses and was seen as a home guard to prosecute saboteurs and other fifth columnists. This persisted for most of the early 20th century, where the "dragnet" policing system was developed with formal beats and patrols. Anti-riot and metropolitan squads first began development here, with squads such as the "Red Squad," an anti-communist policing unit. By the time of World War 2, the department had been through several chiefs and had several issues with bad conduct. With the reformist mayor Bowyer Street in charge of the city, he forced dozen of corrupt commissioners out and brought in a new chief, John D. Halmann. Halmann modernized the force in his brief 2 year tenure, resigning after his refusal to use the force as a strikebreaker unit. Chief Edward Sadler took control during 1941, wherein the force has heavily depleted by the draft. The formal twelve-week training period was replaced by a shortened six week period. During 1944, the Zoot Suit Riots of Los Santos began, resulting in large-scale rioting between servicemen and Latino immigrants. Retired Marine General William Baxter took control in 1951 and had the longest tenure of any Los Santos Chief, serving from 1951 to 1966, only dying of heart trouble. This is when the motto "To Protect and to Serve" was introduced. The 1964 Crenshaw Race Riots were a notable event for the department. Crime rates steadily increased. The department quickly adjusted, greatly increasing recruiting efforts, and bringing crime rates to a somewhat manageable level. As the department grew, criminals became more clever, becoming more secretive, conniving, and illusive. In response to this, various specialized divisions began to emerge, where officers with specific skill sets would be deployed. By the 1970s the department had a full range of different divisions, from field investigation to public liaison, to firearms licensing. The fairly recent invention of the helicopter allowed the department to purchase a full fleet of aviation vehicles, to provide eyes in the sky. The department's SWAT team began development during this period due to shootouts with domestic terrorist groups such as the SLA. By the 1990's the Los Santos Police Department was among the best in the United States. They had become world renown for their ability to efficiently protect and serve the city of Los Santos. All of this was put to the test during the Los Santos riots of 1992. The public was profusely outraged after a hung jury on a trial, culminating in widescale civil unrest not seen since the Crenshaw Riots of 1964. The department was not able to contain the unrest and the National Guard was called in. Although the department was forced to call in the guard, they still showed extreme discipline and organization during a time of high stress and confusion. To date, the Los Santos Police Department has some of the most specialized divisions throughout the country, including the elite Metropolitan Division that houses D Platoon, affectionately known as S.W.A.T. The department has reputable police detectives assigned to particular functions such as gang enforcement, organized crime, and surveillance. Organized under four Bureaus, the Los Santos Police Department provides necessary law enforcement services for all living persons of the City of Los Santos regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability. Public service is at the forefront of our duties and we ensure our officers are held to a high standard when delivering these necessary police functions throughout the City. Staff Officers make up the general management and leadership of the Los Santos Police Department. They are experienced leaders who have direct responsibility for specialized areas of the department. Staff Officers consist of the Chief of Police, two Assistant Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs: Chief of Police - Highest-ranking officer in the Police Department. As the General Manager of the Police Department, the Chief of Police is responsible for the planning, efficient administration, and operation of the Police Department. In this capacity, the Chief of Police directs, plans, and coordinates the enforcement of particular areas of crime, and aims to minimize crime risks across the entire city, to protect persons and property and for the preservation of the peace of the community. Assistant Chief - An executive to the Chief of Police who manages the department in their absence. The Assistant Chief has the responsibility of keeping the Chief of Police informed of all operational activities on a day-to-day basis. Examples of Available Roles: - Chief of Staff - Commanding Officer of a Bureau Deputy Chief - Directs the activities of one of the five Bureaus within the department. Responsible for the staffing and management of all operations within their assigned Bureau and report directly to the Chief of Police. Examples of Available Roles: - Chief of Staff - Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau - Commanding Officer, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau - Commanding Officer, Administrative Services Bureau - Chief of Detectives, Detective Bureau Command Officers compile the backbone of the Los Santos Police Department's Command Staff. Command Officers have responsibility of directing activities related to specific assignments - normally divisions that function under a Bureau. Command Officers will commonly report to a Deputy Chief. Command Officers consist of Police Commanders, Captain IIIs, Captain IIs and Captain Is: Commander - Acts as the Assistant Commanding Officer at one of the five Department Bureaus or leads a Department Group. A Commander is responsible for ensuring compliance with Department policies and procedures by personnel under their supervision; conducts audits of operations; and, makes recommendations to higher management for improving productivity and increasing efficiency. Examples of Available Roles: - Commanding Officer, Internal Affairs Group - Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau - Assistant Commanding Officer, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau - Assistant Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau - Assistant Commanding Officer, Administrative Services Bureau Captain (I / II / III) - Is in charge of a geographical area or specialized division. They have final authority over officers in their command. A Captain is responsible for inspecting and overseeing the functions of the patrol officers and detectives to ensure compliance with the Department policies, procedures, regulations, and standards; supervising the administrative and support functions of non-sworn personnel; inspecting personnel, facilities, and tactics for safety and/or training needs; maintaining liaison with numerous municipal, governments, civic organizations, and private citizens to establish and maintain rapport to facilitate Department functions and to promote neighborhood safety and community policing programs. Examples of Available Roles: - Commanding Officer, Mission Row Patrol Division - Commanding Officer, Central Traffic Division - Commanding Officer, Training Division - Commanding Officer, Metropolitan Division - Commanding Officer, Gang and Narcotics Division Primarily responsible for the supervision of department personnel, Police Supervisors are plotted around the department in different assignments. They are considered the middle management of the Los Santos Police Department and are considered the first layer of management of police resources, staff and deployment initiatives. Lieutenant (I / II) - A position commonly held by police officers who command Watches within our Patrol Areas. Lieutenants can also be in-charge of a specialized division or section, where they must apply sound supervisory principles and techniques to build and maintain an effective work force. They are considered the final layer of supervisory staff before being appointed to a Command Officer role. Examples of Available Roles: - Watch Commander, Mission Row Patrol Division - Officer-in-Charge, D Platoon - Officer-in-Charge, Gang Field Unit Sergeant II - This rank is held by seasoned Sergeants who adapt to a different role, most in the capacity as an Assistant Watch Commander. Sergeant IIs ensure appropriate and sufficient deployment of officers depending upon crime trends in their geographic Area; responds to scenes of serious crimes such as officer-involved shooting, homicide, major robbery and theft; reviews and ensures complete and accurate follow-up investigations. Examples of Available Roles: - Assistant Watch Commander, Mission Row Patrol Division - Gang Supervisor, Gang Field Unit - Squad Leader, D Platoon Sergeant I - Supervises a squad or detail of Police Officers in the performance of their assigned duties; directs the activities of Department personnel in field activities; performs some initial and follow-up investigation of crimes; and does related work. Examples of Available Roles: - Watch Supervisor, Central Traffic Division - Element Leader, D Platoon Detectives are assigned to investigatory positions throughout the department's Detective Bureau and are managed by the Chief of Detectives. Detectives are responsible for the extensive review of police investigations through case packages and crime reports. Intelligence-based and result-driven, the Los Santos Police Department has some of the most experienced and reputable Detectives all across the country. Detective III - Reviews reports prepared by subordinates, informs the commanding officer of the status of the pending investigations, provides technical expertise, trains and supervises newly assigned Detectives and civilian personnel, and performs related administrative duties. Examples of Available Roles: - Detective Supervisor, Robbery and Homicide Division - (Acting) Officer-in-Charge, Major Enforcement Section Detective II - Responsible for equipping Detective Trainees with the knowledge and tools that they will require in order to eventually become successful Detectives within their Specialized Detective Division. Examples of Available Roles: - Detective Instructor, Major Enforcement Section Detective I - Often assigned to a specialized division and is responsible for responding to the scenes of crimes, conducting preliminary and follow-up investigations, preparing the required investigative reports, preparing a biopsy of the report, apprehending the suspect, preparing the case for successful prosecution, and testifying in court. Examples of Available Roles: - Investigator, Detective Support and Vice Division Police Officers are considered the department's boots on the ground. They make up uniformed operations city-wide and are for conducting patrols, responding to 911 calls, taking civilian reports, and other field activities. This category of department employees are considered the largest and fulfill the basic, yet most important functionality of the Los Santos Police Department. Police Officer III+1 - A position commonly held by seasoned officers within the department who are assigned to a specialized division, such as Metro or assigned as a Senior Lead Officer, providing a link that help unite the LSPD with the communities it serves. This is the final paygrade assignment of the Police Officer category of the department. Examples of Available Roles: - Senior Lead Officer - Field Training Administrator - Element Leader, D Platoon - Assistant Gang Supervisor Police Officer III - This rank is held by experienced officers who have been deemed capable of having the skillset in order to train probationary police officers. Examples of Available Roles: - Field Training Officer, Mission Row Patrol Division - Field Training Officer, Central Traffic Division - Field Training Officer, Gang Field Unit - Field Training Officer, D Platoon (No insignia) Police Officer II - Assigned to a geographic patrol division within the City of Los Santos where they must utilize all the knowledge and tactics learned in the Academy. When upgraded to Police Officer II, officers have independent patrol status and have successfully completed the department's Field Training Program. Examples of Available Roles: - Patrol Officer, Mission Row Patrol Division - Gang Officer, Gang Field Unit - Traffic Officer, Traffic Division (No insignia) Police Officer I - First step in the career ladder. Police Officer Is participate in the department's Field Training Program where they undergo rigorous on-the-job training with Field Training Officers to learn more about their role as a police officer. Examples of Available Roles: - Probationary Officer In order to successfully deliver policing functions throughout the City of Los Santos, the Los Santos Police Department must meet the organizational needs of its staff. To achieve these needs, the department is made up of five Bureaus; each of which has different responsibilities to each other. Each Bureau is directed and managed by a Deputy Chief, who serves as a department Staff Officer (the highest layer of management within the department). Standard Patrol Vehicles Responsible for the delivery of day-to-day policing; responding to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service; transport of detainees to and from jail and regular patrol assignments. Vapid Victor Police Interceptor (VVPI) The Los Santos Police Department's most well-known vehicle, the Vapid Victor Police Interceptor, often abbreviated to 'VVPI', is the Standard Patrol Vehicle for the Department, often referred to as a 'Black and White'. This vehicle is used on a daily basis by the vast majority of officers. It's well known for its ground-breaking acceleration, exceptional handling, and a blistering top speed of over 129 MPH. Its traditional black and white coloring makes it distinctive from other police department's around the world. Vapid Scout Interceptor Utility (VSIU) The Los Santos Police Department uses the Vapid Utility for a range of operational deployments. The vehicle is large enough to carry two officers in the front and a large amount of equipment in the back. The vehicle has a lot of torque, allowing it to drive over rough terrain if necessary. The Police Interceptor Utility comes with an all-wheel drive powertrain standard. Over a standard Explorer, the Utility is fitted with larger brake rotors, more advanced ABS and traction control systems, a more efficient cooling system and other standard police equipment. Unmarked Vapid Victor Police Interceptor (VVPI) With the exact same modifications and designed to the same dimensions of the marked VVPI, its integrated emergency lighting system and civilian-like appearance makes even an experienced police officer look twice, never mind an unknowing citizen. This vehicle is used by the traffic officers, detectives and supervisors for general patrol and responding to incidents. It's well known for its ground-breaking acceleration, exceptional handling, and a blistering top speed of over 129 MPH. The unmarked model may come in a variety of colors, but is most often black or gray. Specialized Patrol Vehicles Patrol vehicles that require advanced training and membership of particular divisions in order to access, such as the elite Air Support Division and Traffic Division. Western Wintergreen In 1909 the Los Santos Police Department welcomed the introduction of the first fleet of two-wheeled vehicles. Much like the Vapid Victor, the black and white color scheme which runs throughout the department can be easily recognized in its motorcycle fleet too. The motorcycle provides not only speed with its stream-line structure, but agility and mobility too. It also provides a much more economical means of transport, with cheaper running and maintenance costs when opposed to the Vapid Victor. As do all emergency vehicles, the motorcycle is fitted with a variety of modern high-powered LED emergency lights for maximum visibility in both light and dark environments. The motorcycle also provides a variety of compartments for the transport of equipment and documents, such as ticket books and traffic collision forms. Eurocopter AS350 The Los Santos Police Department's primary air support vehicle, the Eurocopter AS350. This helicopter is used by the Air Support Division. The helicopter can carry a total of up to 4 people. The Maverick is a single engine helicopter, powered either by a Lycoming LTS101 or Turbomeca Arriel powerplant that drives a three-blade main rotor, which is furnished with a Starflex rotor head. It is renowned for its versatility and maneuverability and as a result can be deployed in many different types of situations. The aircraft can also be quickly started up and shut down, which is often useful during emergency situations. Tactical Response Vehicles Specialist vehicles that is manned by operators of the elite Metropolitan Division which houses D Platoon, affectionately known as Special Weapons and Tactics. Vapid BearCat G2 The newest addition to the fleet is a state-of-the-art armored Vapid BearCat G2. The G2 has excellent on-road driving characteristics and maneuverability in tight urban settings. The large floor plan seats 10 – 12 fully equipped officers with a long list of tactical features only found on the Vapid BearCat line of armored SWAT vehicles for Police and Government. BEARCAT stands for Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck. The Vapid BearCat G2 is used primarily by the Metropolitan Division's D-Platoon for rapid deployment to situations that require an immediate response time in times of sudden distress as well as the recovery and protection of civilians in harm's way. Vapid MedCat The Department’s latest acquisition, the MedCat Rescue Vehicle. It is the first tactical “medi-vac” vehicle in the United States. The Medcat is a unique and versatile vehicle that was custom designed in a collaborative effort between members of the LSPD SWAT Unit-Emergency Medical Technician Cadre, the LSFD and a company that manufactures armored vehicles for the United States Military and Domestic Law Enforcement agencies. What makes this vehicle so unique is that while it looks like any other armored vehicle, the inside is configured to resemble a rescue ambulance, complete with a full array of medical supplies and radios that allow paramedics to communicate directly with trauma centers and hospitals. The MedCat adopted the callsign RESCUE 4. Vapid Executioner The Vapid Executioner is one of the largest armored SUVs and proves to be the best vehicle to safely transport several people and lots of cargo at one time. Windshield and all door glass has been removed and replaced with bullet-resistant transparent armor. Doors, pillar posts, side panels, kick-panels, firewall, and headers (laterals) have been armored with air hardened heat treated ballistic steel. All areas provide NIJ Level III and EN 1063 B6 protection. Comes fitted with a hatch that can be used as a turret. Dundready Landstalker The department's newest SUV, the Dundready Landstalker, like the Vapid Executioner is fully armored and used to safely transport several people and lots of cargo at one time. Used for deployments by the Metropolitan Division, specifically for dignitary protection due to the protection it offers. Comes fitted with a hatch that can be used as a turret. Department Duty Uniforms Despite the majority of department employees wearing the same standard uniform, particular divisions and sections throughout the organization wear different uniforms relevant to their primary assignment. LSPD Standard Duty Uniform The Los Santos Police Department's Standard Duty Uniform is worn by every police officer in the Department, from the Chief of Police attending a press conference, a Sergeant working a desk, or a Traffic Officer writing a ticket, the tainted navy blue uniform used by the LSPD is well-known around the world and is one of a kind. Paramount to the rest of the uniform, the police badge worn on the left side is distinguished from any other Department in the United States. The LSPD has three classifications of the uniform; Class A, Class B and Class C. Alongside of that, the department also issues a jacket which can be worn by officers. LSPD Utility Uniform The Los Santos Police Department has an alternative uniform for assignments that normally correlate with 'wear and tear'. At the moment, this is the primary service uniform for the Gang Field Unit who operate out of the Gang and Narcotics Division. The department recognizes that Gang Officers assigned to the Gang Field Unit must be dressed in non-restricted attire due to their highly demanding job. This uniform is also easier to wash. LSPD Motorcycle Duty Uniform The Department's Traffic Division is tasked with using the department-issued R1200 motorcycles for regular patrol. In accordance with safety policy, and as police motorcycles with all the on-board equipment can weight over half a tonne easily, protective wear is mandatory requirement for any officer patrolling on a motorcycle. This consists of a black two-piece padded leather suit, with the usual accessories and editions of a standard uniform such as a sidearm holster, badge, and name plate. LSPD Pilot Uniform The Los Santos Police Department's Air Support Division, operating under the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, requires pilots to wear a uniform that is unique to any other in the Department. The lawn green one-piece flight suit has become iconic to the LSPD and provides attire that pilots can be proud of. In addition to pilots, Tactical Flight Officers are also required to wear flight suits whilst on-duty and in the skies. These uniforms are fire-resistant and waterproof, ensuring maximum safety for the air crew without sacrificing comfort and maneuverability LSPD SWAT Uniform The Los Santos Police Departments S.W.A.T. Platoon is the most elite tactical division of the Los Santos Police Department. It deals with high risk situations such as bank robberies, hostage situations and high risk breaches. The equipment S.W.A.T uses is especially made for these situations. Their uniform is fire resistant, covering it is the heavy body armor which is made in a way so officers are protected but can maintain their agility and move around properly. Tactical gloves are for additional protection while discharging firearms and conducting searches. The knee and shin guards are for protection during breaches or when an officer has to move around in tight spaces. Detective Attire Los Santos Police Department detectives usually wear what's classed as informal attire whilst on duty; They do not wear the standard LSPD uniform. Though a detective might wear more casual clothes whilst on covert operations, depending on the circumstances or case relevance, for example gang attire if investigating a gang concerned case file. A detective always carries their badge and gun with them, though obviously only worn visible when not occupied with covert operations; whilst on covert operations the badge could be located in the wallet or be hung on a chain beneath the shirt the officer is wearing to conceal their identity. A MESSAGE FROM FACTION LEADERSHIP AND OUR COMMAND STAFF This faction is dedicated to providing quality police role-play to the server. Our team consists of experienced role-players who are dedicated to making this an enjoyable experience for everyone that our faction members encounter. We do not condone play-to-win mentality in our faction. We actively teach newer members of the faction to keep in mind that illegal role-play is one of the most important aspects to the server and are directly affected by our actions as a faction. This results into ensuring that our current faction members, as well as the newer ones keep in mind in situations that they are dealing with actual people who are spending their time on the server and are role-playing a character. We actively ensure that our faction members are there to portray a realistic law enforcement officer in modern America with heavy inspiration taken from the Los Angeles Police Department, that we aim to portray. For any concerns regarding our members, do not hesitate to submit any complaints to our team, where you will receive a reply within 48 hours. In order to ensure that your complaints go to us and are handled within a timely manner, we urge you to submit all complaints in the link above. Do not hesitate to also visit our forums if you wish to join our faction. That being said, we hope to provide you with an enjoyable and realistic police role-play and leave our own mark on the server.