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Guide to Policing

The Standard Operation Procedure (SoP)

The standard operating procedure is a list of protocol that you follow once you are making an arrest. Assuming you have a suspect that you wish to apprehend, make sure these are followed correctly in this order.

  • Firstly, a crime is reported. You speak with the person who has reported it and obtain all possible information.
  • Second, severity and determine what you can do. Determine the severity of the crime. If a murder is reported without evidence, you’re still able to speak with the suspect without a warrant. If petty theft is reported, you may need actual evidence.
  • Third, evidence. Ask for witnesses, talk to the detective about forensic assistance, or something similar. You are bound by your own procedure, and can’t just barge in without evidence and arrest someone

Note: If there are no eligible warrant authorizing officers, police officers may arrest without warrants but must ensure they read out the charges to prisoners once apprehended. You do not need to present a warrant right away if your suspect is running away.

1) Use of Force Continuum

“We got a report that this dude's in on something, what now?”

Step 1Verbal
Talk to suspect first - gauge their responses - attempt to get them to cooperate peacefully with you without resorting to a fight. It might just be a misunderstanding, or they could be willing to come in for an interview. If your suspect has been reported to have a weapon and is suspected of harming others but is not actively doing so, instead of shooting them due to them being a potential threat - it's better to aim your gun at them and try to get them to surrender. Don't do this if your suspect is suspected of a petty crime and is not showing any physical threat or running away as it's excessive.

Ask an eligible warrant authorizing officers; the Judge, Mayor, District Prosecutor or Chief of Police(in this chain of order, if a Judge is present - no one else may authorize a warrant) for a warrant to be put up over the police channel or any other method of communication.

• If the suspect is actively hostile and dangerous to you or others. Move to Step 2.
• If the suspect is running away from you. Move to Step 2.
• If the suspect has verbally professed that they will not surrender. Move to Step 2.
• If the suspect is in a group of people who are hostile. Move to Step 3.
Step 2Non-Lethal If the suspect refuses to surrender you can use minor force such as a flash, stun baton, or a pepper-spray to disable them. If they are running away and cannot be stopped with a melee weapon - you are permitted to move onto taser guns. Taser gun usage is also permitted if the suspect draws a weapon and needs to disabled as soon as possible to prevent harm to oficers.

• If the suspect is in a group of people who are aiding them evade arrest which makes engaging risky, or there are multiple suspects in a group. Move onto Step 3.
• If the suspect is immune to stun weapons due to reflective armor, drugs, or any other situations where a taser will not work or any weapons you have that are non-lethal because of physical limitations. Move onto Step 3.
• If the suspect is actually an mal-lawed/emagged/malfunctioning AI or cyborg make sure the science department or City Council is involved/informed (unless they are in on it too or absent) Move onto Step 4.
• If police officer does not have a suitable weapon to perform this arrest and cannot retreat and/or call for backup becasue the susprect is actively endangering life of the officer themselves or civilians in the immediate area by chasing them down with the intent to injure or kill. Move onto Step 3

Acceptable reasons for escalation: Weapon ran out of charge. Weapon was misplaced or damged. Police officer arrived on shift to a scene and was not geared up. Weapoon stolen. Etc. Please do not deliberately avoid or rid yourself of stun weapons to excuse use of escalated force.
Step 3Escalated Force If the suspect is resisting arrest with some kind of physical invulnerability, IE: have eye protection, is on drugs or have some armor or physical resistance that make them immune to taser stuns. EMPs may be used to disable cyborgs that are non-hostile but shown to be breaking the law(unless they have a form of EMP protection), cars, and mechs. This is damaging to them, so don't do this unless you really need to. Also affects FBP's If the suspect(s) are in a group and actively hostile, you can use the non-lethal methods along with use of a flashbang to diasble them from swamping, especially if you're outnumbered.

Ensure you call for backup as well. Careful not to use these too leniently and make a good decision call on where you activate these, as it can also harm innocent civilians and fellow officers in the area. Flash bangs will harm anyone without eye protection in the area, EMPs will stop electronic hearts and can injure FBP officers and civilians alike.

• If the suspect is actively hostile cannot be detained with these due to solid reason: Move to Step 4
Step 4Lethal Force Lethal force is allowed during situations where martial law or code red has been declared OR people have physical protection that makes them immune to non-lethal methods, or if the officer has run out non-lethal options and must defend their own lives (cannot escape or call for backup, or vulnerable civilians that cannot be protected in area there).

This is a last resort. Lethal force is not an authorized execution.

Or hand-to-hand combat/physical force if not weapon available. Lethal force includes the use of extreme physical force, laser, and ballistic guns predominantly. Synthetics can be disabled with an ion gun if they are hostile. Regarding vehicular arrests: If the suspect is driving a vehicle and is causing harm to others by running others over or are firing a weapon from the vehicle which makes them difficult to hit, you may use escalated force by shooting the car or driver. A good way to leave yourself invulnerable to being run over in car chases is to take a police car from the police station to chase after them - they are faster and have more armor against attack then regular cars. Ideally shoot the suspect's moving car if possible (usually 4-5 shots) or the driver if they are shooting a ranged weapon to ensure that they do not harm you or other civilians/officers.

This will likely harm and stun the passenger if the vehicle is damaged, but do what is necessary to perform the arrest. Once your suspect is down by lethal force: If you have rendered your suspect incapacitated; do not continue using the lethal force weapon until their death, instead, handcuff them and call for backup from both the police and medical. If a hostile suspect dies as a result of proper escalation by lethals, police officers aren't liable to manslaughter charges unless SoP has been broken. Do not prevent the hospital staff from treating or reviving the injured/dead prisoners - you are allowed to enter the hospital to supervise them, take the prisoner's weapons away (for evidence) and handcuff them while they are receiving treatment and to prevent escape once they have been revived. Do not tamper with anything that could be considered evidence as this could be tried against you relating to a manslaughter charge.

2) Charging Criminals

3) Booking Procedures

  1. Take the suspect to processing
  2. With gloved hands, search the person for contraband or further evidence.
  3. If being held for less than 10 minutes, remove all items in pockets aside from communicator, ID, and headset.
  4. If being held for greater than 10 minutes, place in prisoner attire.

4) Prisoner Rights

“You mean I can't rough him up a little bit ?”

Sustenance: The right to food and water
Health: The right to medical treatment. Suspects should be allowed to be visited by a qualified medic or to be transported into a hospital should they need medical assistance.
Physical Anatomy: Not being physically assaulted, humiliated, killed or harmed unnecessarily by officers or other prisoners.
Legal: The right to summon their own paid representation/a lawyer
Visitation: The right to receive visitors in prison (use the visitation near reception)
Call: Right to call (suspects should be allowed to make one call while they are in custody)


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