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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

 

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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.       

 

                    1.2.1 Lawyers are not to be a member of the same gang as the accused. If they either have the same gang tags on, or are apart of the same in game gang. If they are, due to gang affiliations, they are not allowed to be a lawyer for their friends. Further to that, if the person trying to be a lawyer was involved in the situation (I.e they were killed, detained along with the suspect being arrested, etc) they can not be a lawyer for the accused.

If your suspect(s) has 3 or more counts of Manslaughter including Vehicular Manslaughter they are not entitled to a lawyer and must be sent straight to SUPERMAX without option of paying bail (Unless they have handed themselves in authorities).

 

2.       Weapons Handling

All police are permitted to carry an approved Taser pistol along with an approved sidearm or Rifle. Other lethal firearms are to be in the police officers backpack or locked in their vehicle. Knockdown rifles are permitted to be carried in lieu of a taser, to which you may have a lethal sidearm holstered. Refer to ROE and Threat levels for more. 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 Senior officer of Inspector or higher in a situation that seems it necessary. 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 Sergeant 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.

Officers are to state to the occupants of the vehicle what the checkpoint is targeting, whether it be licence and registration checks, to drug and alcohol tests, to illegal contraband searches.

 

4.       Police Rules of Engagement

An Officer may declare on Civilians when a undeclared suspect is evading, to intervene in a crime (I.e Robbery, Hold up, Kidnapping), or if they are a threat to officers or civilians. A basic declaration from an officer is: “AFP/Police/Federal Police, Hands on your head or you will be tazed”, “AFP/Police/Federal Police, Stop running or you will be tazed”. Moving up from that is “AFP/Police/Federal Police, Hands on your head or you will be shot”, which is used in situations where there is a possibility of a lethal confrontation.

 

4.1.    Tazing/Knockdown 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, taser or Knockdown Rife and shoot with intent to warn, stun, Knockdown or kill. A taser is a declaration on the individual only. Where a knockdown is only a declaration on the gang members in the immediate vicinity of 20m from the player that was knocked down.

4.1.1     A Taser/ Knockdown Rifle drawn and fired at a subject is considered a ‘use of force’ and should be justifiable. Firing a Taser or Knockdown Rifle 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)      The subject is resisting arrest

 

4.1.2    You may not tase or Knockdown 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 Moving vehicle

 

 4.2 Drawing and firing a Lethal Firearm at a subject/hostile

  4.2.1 A Lethal Firearm should only be drawn and fired at a subject in extreme circumstances, and is considered an extreme use of force. Firing a lethal 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 preservation of a civilian’s, another officer’s, or your own life.

c)       Protecting an officer or Civilian 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)

e) After Multiple warnings (minimum of 3) that lethal force will be used if the suspects DO NOT Comply with Police Directions.

4.2.2 A officer may forgo a declaration in order to protect a civilian’s life if they can justify that the civilians life was in immediate threat. I.e an Officer witnesses a Civilian being held at gunpoint from a distance.

 

 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.

a)       You must be a qualified STAG member to fire upon a vehicle with lethal intent to disable during a Code 2 Pursuit.

b)      If an occupant of the vehicle has fired upon officers and has threatened lives of Civilians or Officers.

              4.3.2 If the vehicle is unoccupied any Officer may shoot at its tire's with intent to disable during a hostile situation/threat with a Sergeant or higher’s authorization.

 

   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.

 

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 Lethal's safely inside either their vehicle or their backpacks, with the exception of when they are carrying a Knockdown rifle, to which they can carry a holstered lethal pistol. 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 andFerrari (Perrari) are only authorized for Sergeants and Senior Officers. Any officer found using a vehicle outside of their ranking will be dealt with accordingly.The recommend vehicle to Patrol in is the Holden Commodore. Sergeants and above may patrol in any vehicle they like within reason of the current situation and taking into account vehicles in use by other officers.

 

Officers are required to carry additional supplies within their patrol vehicle prior to leaving for patrol, these items include 2 spare toolkits and 2 spike strip.

 

All officers in the vehicle are to have keys to said vehicle. (It is recommended that you share keys around to another officer or two that aren't in your vehicle incase you lose said vehicle) While on patrol, Officers are not to be doing anything that would be classified as "Reckless Driving" eg: Doing Donuts, Jumping over hills for no reason.

 

Speedboat minigun

The Speedboat Minigun can be taken to any situation where there is a possible of an engagement. The minigun can be used during all active engagements and for warnings for boats that fail to comply with police direction. Before firing warning shots, the boat with the suspects must be hailed though voice/direct text/"Text all Civs" and given warnings that if they don’t comply with police direction after 10 seconds, they will be given between 20-50 warning shots across the boat's bow, if the boat continues to not comply with police direction after a further 10 seconds after warning shots have finished, Police can follow up with shots to disable.

 

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

Once an officer has attained their Trainee wings they will therefore be eligible to sit their Standard Wings Training, and once they pass Standard Wings, they are eligible for Combat Wings.

STAG Personnel are the only authorized people who can operate STAG vehicles. Any officer NOT a member of STAG found in possession of an STAG vehicle will be dealt with harshly. Officers who lose possession of their STAG vehicle will also be dealt with accordingly by the STAG 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 Inspector or Executive Ranked Officer. Any officer found using equipment outside of their rank unless permitted otherwise will be dealt with accordingly.

    STAG Equipment is only to be used by authorized STAG personnel, again any officer found using STAG equipment who are NOT members of the STAG 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

  • 1 Spikestrip (AT NO STAGE YOU ARE ABLE TO RUN AROUND WITH SPIKESTRIPS. ONLY DEPLOY THEM WHEN YOU NEED TO)

  • 6 Food & 6 Water

  • 5 handcuffs

  • 1 handcuff keys

  • Minimum of 5 Spare Magazines (Not including the one in the weapon)

  • AN/PRC-152 radio

 

8.       Training Procedures

    Training will be conducted by an authorized police instructor. Training will be undertaken twice a week (7pm Tuesday/Saturday), if you miss out on training on the day you will have to wait until the following session. If you miss too many training sessions without due reason, you may be punished.

 

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)

 

 

11. Radio Protocol

When communicating on the radio you must follow the following.

 

1.Name + Amount of Partners

2.What you're doing (Traffic Stop, Pursuit, Shots Fired etc.)

3.Description of Vehicle/Suspects.

4.Location – Be as descriptive as possible

5.Is Backup required or not.

 

Example 1.: Itzwayz + 1 doing a traffic stop on a Blue Ford Mustang just North of Brisbane Airport. Vehicle is complying, No backup required.

Example 2.: This is Supt. Cain, shots fired near Sydney Art Gallery, Urgent assistance required.

 

When responding to call outs, use the following:

1.Name + Any partners

2.Responding Code (1,2,3,4)

3.Location and/or What officer you're responding to.

 

Example 1.: Shibby +1, Responding Code 3 to Cain's location, Sydney Art Gallery.

 

When responding to orders given by the Shift Sergeant or any rank higher than you, make sure you answer with respect and do as you are asked. Using the words like "Roger, 10-4, Affirmative makes it sound professional and keep the Comms clean. If your name is called by a higher rank, make sure you respond with Sir or Ma'am. Showing respect to the ranks that are higher then you will set you up to have a successful career in the AFP.

 

12. Response to incidents

Responding to incidents in a quick and timely matter is of the utmost importance. This ensures that those committing the crime are caught and charged for their crimes.

            12.1 During response of a Bank or Art Gallery robbery you cannot teleport to that city where the robbery is taking place. You must teleport to the nearest town to respond. The only exception to this is in Melbourne, as there are 2 banks within the town, if Melbourne Southern Bank is being robbed, you may teleport to the Melbourne PD.

 

13. Ride-Alongs

If a civilian requests for a ride-along, the following criteria's must be met:-

- You need to make sure that there is at least 2 other Patrol units on patrol.

- You need to make sure that the Civilian is not wanted.

- You need to make sure that the Civilian is unarmed.

- You need to give the Civilian a Cadet Vest.

 

Requirements for Police:

- One officer of at least Senior Constable.

- At least 2 officers with the Ride-Along at all times.

- The safety of the Ride-Along is paramount. Officers must ensure that they take the necessary precautions to keep the Ride-Along safe.  

- Be mature and professional at ALL TIMES, While conducting the Ride-Along, you are the face of the Police Force, and should conduct yourself accordingly.

 

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Added: 

  • 9. Ride-Along's

Amended:

  • 4.4 Firing at Vehicles
  • 5. Threat Levels

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Added: 

  • 10. Radio Protocols.
  • 11. Ride-Along's.

Amended:

  • 6. Vehicle Usage.
  • 7. Equipment Manangment.
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Amended a lot of SOP changes, All changes are marked in GREEN.

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