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STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES

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STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES

 

  1. Detaining & Arresting

  2. Weapons Handling

  3. Checkpoint Procedures

  4. Police Rules of Engagement

  5. Situational Codes

  6. Vehicle Usage

  7. Equipment Management

  8. Training Procedures

  9. Vehicle Intervention

  10. Officer Activity System

 

Created by LeeF & Sebastian

 

Police Conduct

 

As an AFP officer, you are expected to act at all times in a somewhat professional, mature and calm manner. You as an individual represent the AFP as a whole and you are expected to maintain the high standard of ethical behaviour. Acting anything but professionally, maturely and calmly may result in disciplinary action. If you have an issue with another officer and/or civilian please take the appropriate precautions by either speaking to IA (internal issues with an officer) or the staff team (issue with a civilian).

 

The Police Standard Operating Procedures must be adhered at all times when officers are on patrol, failure to comply with police SOP will be dealt with accordingly by Police Command and Executive Ranked Officers.

 

1.       Detaining & Arresting

 

1.1.    Detaining

 

A person who is detained is not necessarily under arrest. To detain someone is to keep them in official custody, typically for questioning regarding a crime that has been committed. Other circumstances in which an individual can be detained is if they are believed to be a threat to their own safety or the safety of others.

 

 

When detaining you must:

 

a)        Ensure it is safe for both you and the individual before you detain.

 

b)        Notify them why they are being detained (e.g. I am detaining you for obstructing police from carrying out their duties OR I am detaining you for my own safety)

 

c)         Process them appropriately, ask questions regarding their name, Date of Birth, what they are doing, what they may have witnessed and etc.

 

d)                If detaining someone for a traffic stop ask for their name, tell them what their getting ticketed for/why you pulled them over. Check their licenses and ticket them. If they are believed to be drunk, then breathalyse and take them back to police station for processing.

 

e)                Upon completion of questioning ensure it is safe to un-restrain the person(s).

 

1.2.    Arresting

 

To arrest someone is to detain them and take them into police custody. Typically, when arresting the person or persons are to be charged with a crime they have committed. When arresting an individual or group the arresting party (police) are to inform the suspect(s) being arrested of their charges against them.

 

 

When Arresting you must:

 

a)            Ensure it is safe for both you and the individual

 

b)           Explain clearly why they are being arrested and that they have a right to consult a lawyer before further processing commences.

(If they request a lawyer then their lawyer has a maximum of 5 minutes to report to the police station in which their client is being held at. Anytime thereafter the first 5 minutes then the suspect may be processed)

 

c)            Role-play the situation out, explain any findings/evidence or gather witnesses to convict the suspect of their crime.

 

d)           Upon completion of role-play and at the arresting officer’s discretion they may either be convicted of their crime and sent to jail or released.

 

2.       Weapons Handling

 

All police are permitted to carry an approved Taser pistol along with an approved sidearm. Other lethal firearms are to be in the police officers backpack or locked in their vehicle.

Officers are only permitted to use equipment permitted for their rank. Cadets are not authorised to use a lethal firearm unless authorised otherwise by a Captain or Executive Ranked Officer. Any officer found using equipment outside of their rank unless permitted otherwise will be dealt with accordingly.

 

 

3.       Checkpoint Procedure

 

When a police checkpoint is in operation all drivers are to follow the instructions of the officer processing them. The vehicle is to pull to the left of the road and the occupants are to remain inside the vehicle until the officer ask them to step out of their vehicle.

Officers have the right to restrain all occupants of the vehicle, conduct a search of the occupants and their vehicle. Failure to cooperate will result in being charged for Failure to Cooperate with Police resulting in a $1,000 fine.

In order for a checkpoint to be in active operation there needs to consist of:

·         Minimum of 3 Police Officers at the checkpoint 1 who hold the rank of Corporal or higher.

·         2 Police Vehicles, preferably Police Cars

After the search of the vehicle and occupants have been conducted the officer who conducted the search will instruct the vehicle out of the checkpoint.

Failure to stop at a police checkpoint is a crime and offenders will be charged in accordance with national law


 

4.       Police Rules of Engagement

 

4.1.    Tazing a Subject

 

The ROE dictates when it is and isn't acceptable to show a use of force with a subject. Conditions have to be met before an officer may draw their firearm or taser, and shoot with intent to warn, stun or kill.

4.1.1     A Taser drawn and fired at a subject is considered a ‘use of force’ and should be justifiable. Firing a Taser at a subject without meeting the following criteria may be considered a breach of procedure.

a)       Protect human life.

b)      Protect yourself or others where violent confrontation or resistance is occurring or imminent.

c)       Protecting an officer in danger of being overpowered or to protect them from bodily harm.

d)      The subject is not complying with demands

e)      The subject is fleeing

f)        Against the occupant of a vehicle or the operator of machinery where there is a danger of the vehicle or machinery becoming out of control and posing a risk to the occupant or bystanders.

g)       The subject is resisting arrest

4.1.2             You may not tase a subject under the following circumstances:

a)       The subject is in a crowd

b)      The subject is complying

c)       The subject is not resisting arrest

d)      The subject is in a vehicle where it is travelling over 30 km/h

 

  4.2 Drawing and firing a Firearm at a subject/hostile

   4.2.1 A Firearm should only be drawn and fired at a subject in extreme circumstances, and is considered an extreme use of force. Firing a Firearm at a subject with intent to warn, disable or kill should be

            justifiable with the following criteria.

a)       The subject is an immediate threat where fatal confrontation is imminent.

b)      The protection of your or another subject or officer’s life.

c)       Protecting an officer from being overpowered.  

d)      The subject has been deemed hostile and/ or the subject is part of a group that has been deemed hostile. (Subject or Gang has been declared on)

 

  4.3 Firing at and disabling a vehicle

          4.3.1 Firing at a vehicle is considered a drastic use of force and must meet strict criteria before being justified. Firing with intent to disable or destroy must meet the following criteria.

You must be a qualified SRG member to fire upon a vehicle with lethal.

if the vehicle isn't moving you may shoot at its tire's if there isn't anyone in the car

 

    4.4 Vehicle to vehicle contact

Any form of vehicle to vehicle contact is strictly prohibited. This can include but is not limited to:

  • PIT Maneuvers

  • Brake Checking

  • De-sync Ramming

Pressure driving is the act of forcing a vehicle to either stop, crash or change its path via blocking the path of the vehicle being pursued. This allowed however a gap of at least 50m must be kept between you and the vehicle being pressure driven. If you are closer than 50m from the suspect’s vehicle then this would class as brake checking and will be met with disciplinary action.

 

4.5 Dealing with trolls

Trolling is defined as behavior from both civilians or cops with the sole purpose of agitating and annoying someone. Trolls are not to be engaged with lethal force as this is defined as an excessive use of force and WILL result in disciplinary action. If a player is trolling, detain them and ticket them for the charge of public nuisance. If trolling persists throw them in jail or detain them for a short period of time. You do not have to stay with the troll being detained throughout the sentencing, however you must be there to release them when their sentence has finished.

 

4.6 City Airspace

Over all major cities there is an enforced height restriction of 150m which all aircraft are required to operate above whilst over city limits. Major cities include, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney. Medics and Cops are not subject to this only if responding to an emergency . Failure to operate above the set height minimum of 150m. gives police the right to use lethal force to disable and destroy. The only time civilians may fly under this height limit is when landing (with the appropriate permission given by AFP) in which lethal force may NOT be used.

 

5.  Threat Levels

Code GREEN: This is the standard threat level. Officers will patrol with 1-2 people per vehicle and will store all weapons safely inside either their vehicle or their backpacks. Regular patrols will ensue.

Code AMBER: This will be put into effect generally after a major crime has been committed to ensure officers are ready to respond to any incident in a moments notice. Officers will patrol with AT LEAST 2 people per vehicle and weapons will be kept on the officer's, holstered at all times. All civilians will be detained and questioned on sight.

Code RED: This will be put into effect whilst a major crime is in progress. This is to ensure that officers are well equipped and ready to respond to a threat at a moment's notice. Officers will be patrolling with AT LEAST 2 people per vehicle and weapons will be unholstered and loaded. All civilians seen in the area declared code red will be incapacitated on sight. Rule 4.3.1 still applies.

 

6.       Vehicle Usage

     Officers are only permitted to use a vehicle that is approved by their rank. The Holden Commodore is the standard police patrol vehicle while the Bissan GTR, Mustang and Lamborghini are only authorised for

     Sergeants and Senior Officers. Any officer found using a vehicle outside of their ranking will be dealt with accordingly.

Officers are required to carry additional supplies within their patrol vehicle prior to leaving for patrol, these items include 2 spare toolkits, 1 medkit (preferably 1 for each officer in the vehicle) and 2 spike strip.

Helicopters are only authorised to police officers who have attained their wings. In order to be eligible for your wings you must have attained the rank of Corporal. Any officer found flying a helicopter without their wings will be dealt with accordingly.

Once an officer has attained their wings they will therefore be eligible to sit their Combat Wings Training. Officers who hold combat wings are the ONLY authorised pilots to fly during combat situations. Officers who do not have their combat wings and are found to be flying in combat situations will be dealt with accordingly.

SRG Personnel are the only authorised people who can operate SRG vehicles. Any officer NOT a member of SRG found in possession of an SRG vehicle will be dealt with harshly. Officers who lose possession of their SRG vehicle will also be dealt with accordingly by the SWAT Commander and steps must be taken in order to retrieve the vehicle.

 

7.       Equipment Management

 

     Officers are only permitted to use equipment permitted for their rank. Cadets are not authorized to use a lethal firearm unless authorized otherwise by a Captain or Executive Ranked Officer. Any officer found using equipment outside of their rank unless permitted otherwise will be dealt with accordingly.

     SRG Equipment is only to be used by authorized SRG personnel, again any officer found using SRG equipment who are NOT members of the SRG will be dealt with accordingly.

 

It is required by all officers to carry a non-lethal firearm on their persons at all time. Lethal firearms are permitted to those who are of the rank of Officer or higher but these firearms are to be stowed in either the officers backpack or in their vehicle. Officers found carrying their firearm outside of a combat operation will be dealt with accordingly.

 

It is also required officers carry:

  •        1 Medkit

  •        1 Toolkit

  •        Food & Water

  •        5 handcuffs

  •        1 handcuff keys

  •        Any extra clips of ammunition they may need

  •        AN/PRC-152 radio

 

8.       Training Procedures

 

     Training will be conducted by an authorized police instructor. Ideally training will be undertaken once a week (day & time to be determined or if time permits), if you miss out on training on the day you will have to wait until the following session, do not harass police instructors if they can qualify you. [Code: Nibot95]

 

Upon completion of your training you may be quizzed or tested on what you have learnt and the assessing officer will finalise your qualification.

If you fail to achieve the desired level of satisfaction you will have the opportunity to re-sit your training examination at the instructor's discretion.

 

9.       Vehicle Intervention

 

9.1.  When pulling over a vehicle for a routine traffic stop police are advised to use a short 3 second siren burst. This is not an act of declaration on the party being pulled over. Occupants of the vehicle being pulled over may be detained for a short period by the police for their safety.

 

9.2. A continuous siren is signalling that the vehicle is currently being pursued and is an act of declaration. Only occupants of the pursued vehicle may engage the police and police may react appropriately to their actions.

       In order for a police pursuit to be conducted there must be 2 police vehicles in the pursuit. If there are no available units to assist in the pursuit then it is required that the original pursuit vehicle to maintain a

      safe distance from the pursued vehicle

 

10. Officer Activity System

 

As an officer you are expected to be somewhat active during the week (to command discretion). This obviously becomes more important as you climb the ranks and reach into low - high command. If you have plans or can not be active for any reason whatsoever, submit a LOA via talking to either an IA officer or any superintendent+ who will eventually pass on the absence request to an IA officer if one is not available at the time. The stages are as follows:

 

Warning one - 5 Days in-activity (first warning to increase activity)

 

Warning two - 7 days in-activity (last warning to increase activity before action is taken)

 

Warning three - 8 days in-activity (action taken, demotion or removal may be initiated)

 

Edited by -Sebastian-
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