The Canine Unit has been under new command since this month. After the departure of Staff Sergeant Jacob Hadley, I stepped up and took over the unit. The unit has always been a unit that is only necessary during special operations. In the last month, the unit has not been very visible in the field. This is mostly because we had some deputies on LOA or the priorities in other divisions. I'm glad to say that with finally settling in as the command together with Avril Barteaux, we are trying to bring new life into the Canine Unit. I have set some goals for the unit which in my eyes are the things we need in the next month. I want to have more dogs out in the field. I'm working on a monthly divisional training and an Improvement of quality from both the handlers and the canine dogs.
Sergeant MacIntyre Womack
The Special Weapons and Tactics team
is tasked with numerous crime-suppression assignments including providing crime suppression details, responding to high-risk barricaded situations, hostage situations, warrant service and assisting department personnel in solving major crimes, with the common goal to reduce the incidence and the fear of crime. It is one of the biggest and most important units within the department. The team is currently headed by Staff Sergeant Noah Arnett
, who has been appointed to this position after deciding to reinstate into the team earlier this year. He built a strong command staff for the SWAT team which consisted of Deputy Sheriffs Nicholas Webb
and Megan Williams
, both extremely experienced peace officers with large tactical experience and backgrounds.
As of recent, Nicholas Webb
, 51, has officially retired from the department. We are deeply saddened by this occurrence, yet we stand by Mr. Webb at all times and we support his decision to take an early retirement. His work within this team and within the department as a whole has not gone unnoticed and will not be easily forgotten. He was a true asset to the team, a dedicated tactical deputy, and most importantly, a natural leader. Webb served the department and the SWAT team for the past twenty years of his career and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours. This opens up a vacancy within the team's command, therefore we advise senior tactical deputies who would like to truly step up to such a responsibility to become more noticeable while the team's CO and the Field Operations Director are looking for a suitable candidate.
Earlier this month, the internal hierarchy of the team has been entirely revamp in an effort to bring more originality and to streamline the way the team's chain of command functions. As such, the team now has: Commanding Officer (CO), Executive Officer (XO), Tactical Sergeant (TS), Quartermaster (Q), Senior Tactical Deputies, Tactical Deputies and Tactical Deputies (Probationaries), whereas the first three ranks are command ranks.
Thanks to N. Webb's suggestion and to N. Bauer's and N. Arnett's perseverance, our unit now has unmarked deployment vehicles assigned to each and every team member who would like to secure one. The purpose of this vehicle is to serve to the team's rapid deployment, therefore mobility. Our SWAT team is a part-time one while highly trained team members have numerous other assignments within the department, ranging from canine handlers to field training deputies to traffic deputies, and so on — our team functions on an on-call system and all tactical deputies respond to situations when paged. It is critical that our SWAT team arrives on scenes where they are required in a very timely fashion. These vehicles are to serve that purpose only, and they also provide the deputy with a secure storage place for their tactical equipment.
Furthermore, thanks to Sheriff J. Anderson's allocation of funds for a project developed internally, our team has officially instated a new, SACSO-themed tactical attire and also battle dress uniforms for its members. Consult with the quartermaster to receive your uniform if you have not already. These uniforms can be used by SWAT members while on stand-by, while on regular patrol under a SWAT-recognized call sign, and while on tactical deployments. These may not be worn on special assignments unless explicit permission is gained from the team's commanding officer or the Executive Staff.
For September, we intend to get rid of Operative Records and to replace them with a properly developed disciplinary database. Additionally, we also plan on establishing proper lines of communication in order to put our Tactical Flight branch to use by collaboration with the Air Support Unit, and we also intend to build a proper Sniper School (the same our Rifle Qualification Course works).((
We strive to commit to realistic tactical role-play. While there have been setbacks in the past and specific members have not adopted this kind of mindset until now, necessary changes have been carried out to ensure that all the team members understand this aspect and wish to work towards it. We believe a realistic approach to tactical role-play and police role-play altogether is what can make both us and our illegal counterparts enjoy most of our encounters. We aim to be fair and, to quote Fudge, to provide quality police role-play to the server, not to police the server. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Khaleesi
Field Training Unit
As the Field Training Unit Command are we working on improving the way on how the Field Training Examinations will be held for the next recruitment batch. We will be actively working on developing a system that will examine both knowledge in the field as well as required departmental knowledge. This will increase the overall standards for our deputies, increasing self-awareness and their knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses. Them knowing their weakness(es) is important as it will help them to develop themselves during the entire Field Training Phase. We will have this newly developed system ready before the next academy batch.
Director of the Field Training Unit.
Academic Training Unit
As the Academic Training Unit Command are we working on an improved system that will uphold the current standards of the department and continue to ensure that our deputies have been trained to the highest standards. We hope to bring the Deputies better knowledge before they will start with their Field Training Stage and that they can actively develop themselves in the Field Training Stage with the knowledge they have received within the academy. Our new and improved system will include even better learning material so that our students have the most advanced knowledge in our field.
Furthermore, Sergeant John Voight has been appointed as our new Deputy Director. We hope that he will be able to further improve the Academic curriculum, to ensure that our law enforcement officers will be up to date with the latest standards for generations to come.
Director of the Academic Training Unit.
Deputy Director of the Academic Training Unit.
Another month has passed since I took over the Community Outreach Team. Throughout the last month, we have started working on several new projects to stimulate closer ties between local communities and the San Andreas County Sheriffs Office. The Community Outreach Team has now been divided into three local teams (Palomino Creek, Montgomery, and Blueberry) with community deputies that focus on their primary village. This way we are able to get to know more locals and have a better feeling of what is happening inside a local neighboorhood. Are you interested in being a community deputy that conducts foot, bike and regular patrol in a specific area and would you like to get to know locals, you can submit your COT application right now as the applications are still open.
Moreover, The Community Outreach team is still working on new projects. We have a social media team being built by deputy Jalen Hall, we are working on a report a crime system and as some of you might have seen, members of the Community Outreach Team now wear red stripes on their left shoulder indicating they are trained in communications. If you ever struggle to handle questions or people's concerns, look around for someone with one to three red stripes on their shoulder and they should be the ones to help you out. Again, if you are interested in helping with any of these projects, the Community Outreach Team applications are still OPEN.
Sergeant Jeffery May
The HPVC Command Team has recently been at hard work with figuring out why our numbers have been dropping and set out to figure out a better path to take as we were already experimenting with new recruitment efforts. We launched a survey which didn't get much traction but we pulled what we could from it, resulting in two immediate changes to the certification program; we have removed the Experienced Driver rank and simply merged it with the normal Certified Driver rank and we removed time based re-certifications. Instead, when a successful complaint has been filed with HPVC Command, the reported individual will need to be re-certified to reaffirm their position in the team. We’ve had quite a few losses within the team recently, resulting in just the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer being left in the command team, with a lack of regular drivers as well which we hope to see an influx of applicants with upcoming changes. We're hard at work to make this certification strive beyond our current reach. Finally, we strongly encourage everyone who has not already taken the short survey to do so. It will help us shape the team in a direction that is best for the needs of the department.
Staff Sergeant Andre Creason
Air Support has been incredibly effective recently and its usage has gone up.
Air Support has helped in COMMS during a variety of Situations and I'd like to thank every active pilot there is within ASU for making Air Support what it is.
I have seen you fly and you really do make the Air support unit follow it's meaning.
In other news, Air Support is currently undergoing new changes and I will be releasing them publically soon, I have a couple more things to finish and I shall release them.
I'll give you a hint It'll involve more realistic roleplay and more roleplay in game. It's been on my mind to improve this unit and make it the best it can be. More news about ASU will be announced at a later date.
Second Lieutenant Evelyn Lockhart
INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES UNIT
The Investigative Services Unit of the San Andreas County Sheriff's Office is the main investigative organization of the department. The unit deals with cases and crime of all kinds, from major crimes to teenage street gangs and all the way up to major organized crime organizations, often times cooperating with and working alongside the state-level San Andreas Bureau of Investigation.
The Investigative Services Unit is currently headed by Master Sergeant Jamison Everest and Detective Sergeant Jonathan Donaldson. The unit has recently undergone several major internal revamps, being split into the Gang Unit and Major Crimes Division, each sub-unit headed by Lead Detective Nicholas LaFera and Lead Detective Moses Altmann respectively. The formation of these two sub-units has completely revamped the recruitment and training process within the unit, introducing two new uniformed positions, Gang Officers and Intelligence Officers, to serve as a support role to the senior detectives and assist with identifying street gangs and investigating prominent crime-ridden areas, along with investigating organized crime organizations. A sponsor system has been introduced which will allow detectives to choose especially promising Gang & Intelligence Officers to sponsor and guide throughout Detective School after a set length of duty as a uniformed investigative officer, eventually graduating the program to serve as a senior detective.
The Investigative Services Unit has taken note of the recent influx of prominent gang activity and street crime on the streets of Blueberry, and our efforts have been intensified in the area. The nationwide war on drugs and its effects have focused on the town, and the recently formed Gang Unit and Major Crimes Division will most definitely have a positive effect on the Sheriff's Office's presence in the area. The Investigative Services Unit encourage deputies and the public to contact the department at our 911 emergency hotline and ask to speak to a detective if they have any information that would be valuable for the Sheriff's Office.
Recruitment has been changing a lot recently with new In-game interviews which provides more roleplay for the department and I invite you to come to join if you wish to partake in this roleplay.
We have new changes coming up with Correctionals being involved and I'll be working with the new Warden and the future Correctional deputies in order for Recruitment to work. Correctionals will be working closely with Recruitment and I'll also be working with Executive staff in order to make it a smooth transition.
In the upcoming Recruitment batch, I'm excited to do Recruitment the way I've known to do it for the past year and a bit as this will be the last Recruitment batch under my system. Recruitment will still be recruitment, however, it'll have a twist to it due to Corrections, furthermore, this will give us more roleplay and allow us to interact more in character.
If you wish to be apart of the Recruitment's transition feel free to throw me a PM and we'll chat about it.
Second Lieutenant Evelyn Lockhart[center]
Internal Affairs has now been renamed to the Force Investigations Unit. Recruitment will be opening shortly after the newsletter comes out. The vetting process will be long, and only the most trustworthy deputies will be allowed to become Force Investigations Deputies. This is a permanent role within the department, almost like Detectives. So far this month there has been several investigations, all of them have been closed with only one or two being successful. I look forward to seeing where this group of deputies are going to go within the department and how they'll help clean up both ICly and OOCly. I look forward to working with the deputies that make it into this part of the department.
- Investigations conducted: 5
- Successful Investigations: 1
- Unsuccessful Investigations: 4
- Discarded Investigations (Deemed Invalid): 2
- [b]Cases passed to report a supervisor: 1
Sheriff Jake Anderson
Office of the Sheriff