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[SA:MP] S.A.P.D POLICY MANUAL
« on: April 27, 2016, 20:22:59 pm »
San Andreas Police Department
Policy Manual

FOREWORD

This document is dedicated to the concept that a professional organization must be operated within the rules of law and guided by clearly established rules and regulations.

The integrity of the SAPD rests with the actions of its members. This manual is a guideline to assist with upholding it by properly helping us to do our duties. This community’s perception of the San Andreas Police Department is based on the competence of our officers and staff. These rules will help to ensure that public trust is well placed.

These rules and regulations are adopted in the interest of discipline and efficient police service and are not intended to create higher standards than imposed by law. Since it is impossible to explain in this guide every situation that may happen or to explain a specific method of action in a scenario, all members are expected to exercise common sense and good judgment while doing police services.

In summary, this manual is to be used as a guide to consistently do the right thing for the community, as long as it is safe, legal, and ethical. This is a living document, subject to change, and constantly evolving based on our servers needs.

Quote from: Message from Owner/President
If you read this topic then you have probably been playing on Argonath as law enforcement officer, or have the intentions to do so. There for, welcome to ARPD, the law enforcement department of Argonath RPG.

The structure of ARPD is simple and at the same time complicated. But the first thing you should know is that every player who dresses up in the blue colour is regarded as law enforcer. This brings advantages, but it also brings responsibility.

Argonath is a RPG server. This means that when you play, you are using your imagination to play an invented character, based on existing or non-existing characters. We are one of the few serrvers who believe in freedom of play, meaning that everyone can go on duty and become a law enforcer, or cop as they are often referrred to.

Contrary to what you may see elsewhere, there are no scores on Argonath. You do not get a score for fining, suspecting, jailing or killing criminals. On the contrary, you can have fun without doing any of that. A constant pattern of finding people to suspect, jail or kill will get boring, and the intention is to fight the boredom by doing the unexpected. Remember that for role play all you need is imagination, and the best way is to add some humour in to it.

When you look around you will see that we operate a number of servers, and ARPD has a representation on all of them. Every server has its own department, and every department has its own rules.

You are never obliged to be registered here, or to be accepted in to any of the departments to play as law enforcer. However all law enforcers need to obey the following rules:
1. All server rules must be followed.
2. You are law enforcer, this means you must act like one
3. Be polite, even if you wish to be strict
4. Never suspect people without a valid reason
5. If you are to give a fine, do not suspect
6. If people resist arrest, do not shoot them at once
7. Only use firearms when your life or that of civilians is in immediate danger
8. Never use firearms against a suspect that does not show a weapon
9. Use the PD cars as much as possible
10. Use the police radio as much as possible
11. Try not to work alone. Its more fun to work with others, especially experienced players

When you wish to dedicate most if not all your time to work as law enforcer, joining one of the departments is what you should do. When becoming a cadet, and later officer or higher you have to give up some freedom. The departments have more strict regulations as just trying to act like a cop, they require you to follow stricter guidelines and procedures.  This is not for all, but those who know a little about real cop work will actually enjoy it.  And once you have acquired the knowledge and training, you might aim for one of the special divisions where you can use special weapons and tactics.

Welcome to ARPD, Argonath Police Department. We are here to serve and protect the citizens of Argonath.


SAPD RECRUIT PROGRAM

PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM
It is our policy to use qualified Recruits to create efficiencies for our Department and improve services to the community. Recruits help to increase departmental responsiveness, delivery of services to the public. Recruits work within the server rules, SAPD regulations and follow the orders of Command Staff of Law Enforcement Agencies. They cannot progress through the ranks, obtain qualifications, be apart of any special division, or get a paycheck without applying for SAPD and becoming an official Cadet of the Department.



THE DEPUTATION STATEMENT OF THE SAPD

As the main law enforcement workforce in the state of San Andreas, the San Andreas Police Department consistently strives to maintain, preserve and enhance public safety, to effectively contribute in the diminishment of crime, to defeat disorder. In order to achieve this supreme objective, the employees of the San Andreas Police Department continuously impose themselves with integrity, reverence, and pride under the departmental slogan 'The first and last: to serve and protect'.

THE CORE VALUES OF THE SAPD

INTEGRITY: The culture of police integrity is essential in building mutual respect between the people and the department. The San Andreas Police Department ensures that police officers operate within their legal authority, in an ethical manner consistent with the expectations of the public.

IMPARTIALITY: Police officers of the San Andreas Police Department are apt to produce decisions based on objective criteria, rather than preferring the benefit of one person over another for improper reasons.

DEDICATION: Dedication is a must in every representative of the San Andreas Police Department, in a way that police officers display commitment to serving the people at all times.

HONOR: Police officers must regard the chance to protect the community as a great privilege of recognition.


GENERALITIES

GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS:

General rules and regulations describe an unlimited list of terms that must followed by SAPD during the exercise of active duty within the department, regardless of what position they hold within the hierarchical structure of the organisation. It is noteworthy that any breach of these terms exposes the offender to disciplinary action, suspension, or permanent relieve of the police duties.
  • Every officer must respect his or her peers, subordinates and superiors, as well as the citizens of the United States of Argonath equally.
  • Every officer must uphold the department's core values to the highest order, and must not abuse his authority or position.
  • Every officer must salute his superiors if present, unless the situation is inappropriate (officer in danger, etc.)
  • Every officer must ensure the maintainance of their patrol vehicle, by repairing it when possible. If not possible, notably due to financial reasons, the officer must return his or her vehicle to a police station and grab a replacement. The original must be respawned as well in the absence of the public.
  • Every officer must not release confidential information to the public.
  • Every officer must present his badge number when requested.
  • Every officer must not misuse the service commands in his possession.
  • Every officer must remain professional over the law enforcement radio, emergency radio and TeamSpeak frequencies.
  • Every officer must respect the chain of command.
  • Every officer must roleplay to the highest standards.
  • Every officer must execute orders issued by his or her superior, unless it is an unlawful order.
  • Every officer must follow the Constitution of San Andreas.
  • Every officer must provide help to those that need it.
  • Every officer must comply with an Internal Affairs Division interview request if available.
  • Every officer should attempt to partner up, as soon as he gets on duty
  • Every officer must priorize peaceful ways to handle situations on the field.
  • The SAPD vehicle colors are not allowed to be changed without a permission from a Lower command member, only specialized units can change vehicle colors without permissions.
  • M4s may be used by any SAPD member, regardless of his/her rank, when in a shootout with one or more suspects using assault rifles/heavy weapons, or when responding to a shootout with assault rifle usage from the suspects' side involved. An M4 isn't needed when in a shootout with a single suspect armed with a pistol involved, use heavy weaponary with extreme caution.
  • Every officer must not abuse the ticket system in-game, maximum to ticket remains 250$.
COMMUNITY-RELATED RULES AND REGULATIONS:

Officers of the San Andreas Police Department are not bounded with restrictions during their service only, they must also abide by certain community-related rules.
  • Every officer must respect the rules of the community, be it on the forum, in-game or in any other Argonath service.
  • Every officer must respect the members of the community.
  • Every officer must not portray the San Andreas Police Department in a negative image to the others.
FORUM RULES AND REGULATIONS:
  • No flaming.
  • No inappropriate content.
  • English is the only permitted language.
  • No posts related to piracy.
  • Confidential information published over the forum must not be leaked.
EQUIPMENT AND FIREARMS

  STANDARD EQUIPMENT:

-- Sidearm Holster:
  • In order to safely secure, draw and holster your service-issue weapon.

-- Utility Belt:
  • Able to contain additional handheld equipment.

-- Handcuffs:
  • In order to safely secure a suspect in custody by locking the object around their wrists.

-- Flashlight:
  • Able to illuminate a target for average distances.

-- High visibility vest:
  • Stored in the trunk of every police car, can be worn to identify the presence of police officers in the dark, mostly in traffic operations. ((/wear))

-- Radio:
  • Used to transmit over the law enforcement and emergency frequencies.
STANDARD WEAPONS:

-- Desert Eagle (Service-issue Weapon):
  • A mandatory handgun in the possession of every police officer, a very powerful firearm when employed correctly, great accuracy and stopping power. Additionally, it should always be secured in the holster.

-- Shotgun (Pump action shotgun):
  • The pump-action Shotgun is best used for short and close quarters combat, such as in corridors or houses, and can also be used to breach property as well as suppress.

-- Nightstick:
  • Non-lethal weapon, best used against one person to gain his or her compliance. During the process of arrests, it can be used to strike the back of the suspect's knee to immobilize him safely.

-- Pepper spray:
  • Non-lethal weapon, sprays a gas that causes moderate vision trouble to the suspect. Best used to disperse a group of people.
GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES
Prelude: Guidelines and Procedures aims to present sufficient information regarding common situations encountered on the field by officers of the San Andreas Police Department. 



RADIO PROCEDURES

Here are guidelines to the radio. In order to keep chatter down we use a set of 10 and 100 codes that are used interchangeably throughout all departments.
When you go on duty, after you set the correct channel on your radio, you have to report the 10-8 [on service] .
form:
[rank] [name/surname] [badge number], 10-8
example:
Senior Officer John Shaft 138 , 10-8.

Starting patrol as ADAM
Patrol Units designated with this callsign will act as normal patrol units carrying out regular patrol work that Officers would do on a normal day-to-day basis.
Example if you are patrolling with a partner :
[DRIVER ID -ADAM-[PASSANGER ID]
43-ADAM-21 starting patrol, available for any backup calls, over.
Make sure you report all activities you are doing such as traffic stops.
You should use this format to report in-radio
-Traffic Stops.
1-ADAM-32, traffic stop on a black infernus, one occupant,idlewood, code 4, over.
- Reporting Pursuits
1-ADAM-32, 10-80, black infernus, one occupant, heading towards Flint County, requesting code 3 backup in SIT-1(or leave it incase your not in ts), over.
- Arriving into scenes
1-ADAM-32, 10-97, Code 6[ADAM], over.
-Responding Code 30's
1-ADAM-32, responding last, Code 3, ETA 1 minute, over.

CALLSIGNS:
ADAM / BASIC PATROL UNIT - Conducting general patrol tasks, emergency response, traffic enforcement, processing 911 calls.
X-RAY / AIR UNIT - Assisting ground units during pursuits and searches for suspects.
MARY / MOTORCYCLE UNIT - Generally, traffic law enforcement, responding to situations.
HOTEL / HIGH SPEED UNIT - Assisting in pursuits of high speed vehicles.
OCEAN / MARINE UNIT - Maritime law enforcement and life-saving tasks.
DAVID / SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS UNIT -  Highly disciplined tactical response to high scale occurences of crime, including hostage situations, barricaded suspects.
FRANK / DETECTIVE BUREAU - Provide professional and quality investigations, community care in troubled neighborhoods ,crime-scene investigations,etc.
COBRA / Specialized Tactical Air Response (STAR) - Provide professional & tactical aerial backup.
RADIO CODES:

Code 1: An instruction to acknowledge a call. Units that are the target of a 'code 1' must immediately identify themselves and reply to the request.

Code 2: A non-emergency response to a certain situation, without the use of lights and sirens. Officers responding 'code 2' may exceed the speed limit, however, to a reasonable extent.

Code 3: An emergency response to a certain situation, using lights and sirens.

Code 4: No further assistance required.

Code 4 ADAM: No further assistance required although a suspect is still in the area. Officers that acknowledge a 'code 4 ADAM' must skim the area for a reasonable amount of time, in the look out for the suspect.

Code 6: Out of vehicle, conducting investigation.

Code 6 ADAM: Out of vehicle, conducting investigation, requesting assistance.

Code 8: Attending fire scene.

Code 10: Bomb threat situation. (possible if uncertain)

Code 14: Resuming regular activity.

Code 30: Officer in danger.

Code 33: Keep radio clear for emergency traffic only.

Code 37: Vehicle is reported stolen.

Code 100: In position to intercept.

Code purple: Serious gang activity (Sergeant+) (possible if uncertain)

Ten codes:
10-0: Caution
10-3: Stop transmitting
10-4: Message received, understood
10-7: Out of service, and unavailable for emergency calls
10-8: In service
10-15: Criminal in custody
10-16: Pickup Suspect
10-19: Return(ing) to station
10-20: Report your location
10-22: Disregard last assignment
10-23: Standby more to Follow
10-25: Report in person to _____
10-31: Crime in Progress

10-33: Roll Call [STATION] (Respond to the station being called, fully armed on the briefing room. SERGEANT+)
10-38: Stopping suspicious Vehicle
10-42: Call EMS
10-50: Traffic Accident

10-53: Officer down
10-66: Suspicious person
10-67: Call for help (911 call)
10-76: En-route to location (on the way)
10-80: Active pursuit
ETA: Estimated time of arrival
10-97: Arrived at scene


Hundred codes:
148: False 911 call
187: Homicide
207: Kidnapping [If not certain its "Possible"]
211: Robbery [If not certain its "Possible"]
240: Assault
415: Causing a disturbance

417: Person with a gun
480: Hit and Run
487: Grand Theft Auto
502: Drunk Driving
505: Reckless Driving
510: Speeding or Racing Vehicles




Additional information:
Actual: Situation in progress, actions must be taken as soon as possible.
Possible: Have information about situation, actions can be wait till further orders.[/font]


ETHNICITY CODES:

IC1 - White.
IC2 - Black.
IC3 - Hispanic.
IC4 - Middle Eastern, Arabic.
IC5 - Asian.
IC6 - Unknown ethnicity.

TRAFFIC STOPS, FELONY STOPS

TRAFFIC STOPS:

A traffic stop is the temporary detention of a driver for a minor traffic infraction, according to the Constitution. A traffic stop is commonly associated with the term 'routine'. Officers of the San Andreas Police Department have several guidelines in their reach, in order to perform a safe traffic stop that upholds the standards of the department. For non-standard traffic stops, namely felony stops, refer to the next chapter.

  • Pulling the vehicle over
    In order to pull the vehicle over, the officer must activate his emergency lights and sirens while using the megaphone to communicate with the driver, using clear instructions to pull over to the right side of the road and turn off the engine.

  • First assessment
    Considering the unpredictable nature of traffic stops, the officers who are performing one must assess the circumstances in hand. The type, brand of the vehicle, number of occupants, state of the vehicle, etc, must be taken under consideration as a first assessment.

  • Mobile data computer check
    The officer must use the mobile data computer to gather some essential information regarding the vehicle being pulled over. He or she must run the said vehicle's plate number ((ID)) on the computer to verify the ownership of the vehicle, as well as any outstanding charges against the driver. If there are any, the officer must convert to a felony stop.

  • Radio communication and approaching the vehicle
    The passenger must notify, through the police radio, the other units of the ongoing traffic stop, including vital information not limited to: type and brand of the vehicle, color, number of occupants, plate number, location, assistance if required. Once that is done, the officers may approach the vehicle, in a safe manner that reduces any sort of risk. The cover officer must stand near the passenger side, while the contact officer near the driver side. Both officers should keep an eye on any suspicious objects visible inside the vehicle while approaching the occupants. The contact officer should begin by greeting the driver, then asking for his or her documents. Once the documents are validated, the officer must specify which infractions were committed by the driver, and may proceed to write a citation if needed. If not, a verbal warning is sufficient. At the end of the traffic stop, the passenger must inform the other units of the end of the traffic stop.

FELONY STOPS:

A felony stop or "high-risk" traffic stop occurs when there is a strong reason to believe the vehicle contains a driver or passenger suspected of having committed a felony/serious crime, especially of a nature that would lead the police to believe the suspect(s) may be armed. Felony stops require extra attention and safety measures to result into a successful arrest.

  • Pulling the vehicle over
    In order to pull the vehicle over, the officer must activate his emergency lights and sirens while using the megaphone to indicate to the driver to pull over to the right side of the road and turn off the engine. Once the vehicle is pulled over, the passenger must use the radio to announce a felony stop, clearly describing the location, as well as vital information. Whilst waiting for other units, the officer must instruct the occupants to keep their hands visible at all times.

  • First responder
    Once a unit has arrived to the scene of the felony stop, it must form a forty-five (45) degrees angle to the left of the initiating cruiser. The initiating officer must order the driver to roll down their window and throw out their keys, keeping their hands visible at all times. Once the keys have been ejected, officers on scene - except the initiating driver - may step out of their vehicles, firearms drawn at the suspect's vehicle.

  • Verbal instructions, securing the suspects and the vehicle
    The initiating unit must begin to clearly instruct the occupants (in order, starting from the driver) to step out of the vehicle, with their hands in the air, facing away from the officers. Once the driver has taken enough distance from the door, he must be ordered to lift his shirt up, and turn three-sixty (360) degrees, in order to check if there is anything dangerous on their torso. Afterwards, they must be ordered to lie on the ground, chest facing the ground, legs spread. The same process applies to all the occupants. Once all the occupants are outside the vehicle, the officers on scene must proceed by securing every suspect individually. Additionally, if there are enough officers, a group can be assigned to secure the suspect's vehicle, moving progressively from the right side, while the rest are securing the suspects. Normal arrest procedure applies to the suspects.

ARREST PROCEDURE

ARRESTING DEFINED:

Arresting a suspect is having sufficient evidence to charge them with a specific crime, in order to process them and eventually emprison them.


  • Gaining compliance
    In order to gain a suspect's compliance, the officers must begin to issue clear verbal instructions to him or her, shouting for him or her to get on the ground. When it appears that the suspect is in a safe position, enough not to cause any considerable risk to the present officers, an officer may move in to restrain the suspect while others maintain armed cover. If the suspect attempts to run away, the officers must be prepared to use their non-lethal weapons. It is authorized to open fire if it appears that the suspect has an upper advantage in fleeing, despite all the verbal commands issued. However, non-lethal ways are a priority. If the suspect draws a firearm at any point, opening fire is authorized to preserve the lives of others.
  • Restraining
    When deemed appropriate, restraining should follow. Officers should proceed with caution while attempting to place the handcuffs on the wrists of the suspect. If the suspect acts aggressively during the handcuffing process, you may utilize your nightstick to strike the back of their knee, immobilizing them safely.
  • Conducting a waistline search
    The waistline search is a brief patdown of a suspect's waistline. Such search is useful when it comes to quickly identifying weapons hidden around the waistline which can cause potential danger when conducting further body searches.
  • Conducting a full outer clothing search
    Once the suspect is briefly frisked around the waistline, a full outer clothing search should follow up. The suspect must be lead to the back of the cruiser and instructed to spread their legs. Afterwards, the suspect is searched from top to bottom, including external clothing such as hats, shoes, etc. When conducting a full outer clothing search, try to identify any illegal items and identification as well.
  • Charges and Miranda Rights
    The suspect must be informed of his or her charges, immediately followed with their Miranda Rights. This is a mandatory step, allowing the arrest to be lawful. Additionally, if the charges weren't added in their record yet, it must be done as soon as possible.
  • Transportation and processing
    Finally, the suspect must be transported to the nearest station, or a high facility prison, depending on the severity of the crime. An arrest record should follow up after the imprisonment.

DRIVE BYING:

The use of MP5s is essentially to take out the tyres of a vehicle, and should be justified and authorized by the scene commander if there is any. According to the drive-by regulations, drive-by is justified only in these circumstances;

- Suspect’s vehicle is faster than PD vehicle.
- If high speed unit is dispatched to the pursuit, then no unit within the pursuit is allowed to DB towards the suspect, unless shots are being fired towards them.
- Suspects are opening fire towards civilians or law enforcers.
- Suspect is on foot and firing on law enforcers or civilians and you have no time to exit the vehicle.

The fourth circumstance is the only situation where drive-by does not target the tyres of the opposing vehicle.

USE OF FORCE PROCEDURES

TYPICAL SITUATIONS:

Suspect and/or civilians are complying.  They are following orders and pose no threat.
- Reaction: No additional force needed, continue with your duties.

Suspect and/or civilian is being verbally abusive has a hint of aggression.
- Reaction: Verbal warn, be more assertive and raise your voice to make them comply.

Disobeying orders, preparing to fight and hint of violent actions.
- Reaction: Verbal warn and call for back-up.

Assaulting using melee weapons and threatening your life.
- Reaction: Call for back-up, use a non lethal weapon such as your baton or pepper spray.

Commiting a felony, brandishing a firearm and there is multiple suspects on scene, vehicular assault.
- Reaction: Call for immediate back-up, show your firearm and even take aim depending how serious it is.

LEVELS OF FORCE:

LETHAL FORCE:

Lethal force represents the highest level of force used by an employee of the San Andreas Police Department while performing his or her duties on the field. Lethal force also represents the last resort, if it appears that lower levels of force cannot be used depending on the circumstances.

Lethal force is mainly associated with the act of opening fire to immobilize a suspect, however extends to using vehicular means as well. (i.e driving into the suspect)

Lethal force is authorized on an individual when;

- He or she aims a firearm at you, or others.
- He or she suddenly brandishes a firearm.
- He or she suddenly accelerates their vehicle towards you or another person.
- He or she attempts to get in a vehicle to escape from law enforcement.
- He or she begins to swim away from law enforcement, despite several verbal warnings. However, non-lethal ways are possible here, use your discretion to judge.
- He or she places a person's life in deadly risk with any form of weapon.


NON-LETHAL FORCE:

Non-lethal force comprises of the usage of special police equipment to subdue a suspect through dramatically reducing the risk of injury. This level is the ideal type of force when possible to use.

Non-lethal equipment consists of; nightstick, pepper spray.

Non-lethal force is used against an individual when;

- He or she is physically punching or kicking another person with the risk of injury.
- He or she is involved in a brawl. The nightstick can be used to disperse the people involved. If outnumbered, the pepper spray can is best used.
- He or she is attempting to flee on foot.
- He or she is resisting arrest.


SOFT HANDS:

Soft hands is used to define a type of force to gain a suspect's compliance while he or she is resisting with little to no risk. Soft hands includes using physical methods to subdue a suspect and defeat his or her resistance by minimizing risk. For this level of force, no equipment is needed.

Soft hands can be used against an individual when;

- He or she is being arrested.
- He or she is deliberately not complying with the verbal commands.



Signed,
Kaltsu Committee Member Plam Knight
Kaltsu Committee Member Rusty
SAPD Chief of Police [R*]Drix - Rashid King
SAPD Chief of Police Trane Kiedis
SAPD Captain Lionel Valdes
SAPD Captain Celso Williams