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Big_Smokes last won the day on April 20

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About Big_Smokes

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  • Birthday 07/10/1997

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    Charles Hughes
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    Los Santos Police Department

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  1. This goes for both of you, but this is not the place to discuss/post player reports. Take it elsewhere; I believe I was very clear in the original post what the intent of this topic was. If you have constructive feedback, you're welcome to post it however.
  2. Doubt it. I did stream it but I never post stuff on reddit myself.
  3. Be big brain and form ireland - If you want to do a bigger challenge, I'm currently doing naples > two sicilies > italy > roman empire. I'm the Italy stage now and it's good fun.
  4. That's the thing though. Take it with a grain of salt, but things get lost in translation. I think we all prefer to get our information straight from the source - your insight is appreciated nonetheless, though I have left most of my LSRP experiences far behind me in favor of what we've been able to accomplish here.
  5. As cascade stated, this topic is not meant for single incidents or anything of the sort. Please read the original post, and if you encounter someone in my faction who behaves in the way you described, please report it so that my staff team or I can take action.
  6. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't. Just like real life. That's my perspective on it anyway.
  7. It's not so much that I don't want to see factions shut down period, but I want us to have to work for it and not have the other party feel like we got an ''easy'' win. This is why I previously refrained from allowing undercover officers to insert themselves into factions, because the tool is simply too strong. I would only ever authorize that if things go too far (i.e. faction starts to commit mass murders and they NEED to be taken down. That hasn't happened here yet, though) Wires, moles and trackers however level the playing field. It's not necessarily easy for the police department to obtain, because it requires us (any law enforcement factions with investigators) to obtain serious information about person x, property x, you name it, before an electronic surveillance warrant will be granted. I know we previously spoke about arrest / search warrants in topics other then this one, and the same (if not more stringent) requirements will be tied to obtaining these warrants. Surveillance is the name of the game, and it's already given the police department (through a considerably high amount of work) the opportunity to gain a lot of information, but it's always shy of giving us that hammer we need to hit the proverbial nail in the head. I have a history of being a vice / organised crime investigator personally, as that's what I previously did on the community I played before I joined GTAW and it will always have a special place for me. I was personally a big part of spearheading the movement to get this added to the server. What everyone, my detectives included, has to understand about wires is this: They are no joke. Wires are a seriously powerful tool (which is why for example the FBI took them very seriously in the 70's/80's and used them to seriously hurt LCN in New York) and that is the way we are going to approach it too. I know that a lot of you in the community have complained in the past about the LSPD's DB incapability to do a lot of damage specifically to non-open criminal factions (so discount gangs and motorcycle clubs for a moment) because it is extremely difficult to effectively identify a faction's chain of command through surveillance unless they openly advertise it. That being said, this is the tool that levels the playing field. This is not going to make the police department (or any other investigate entity) overpowered. If anything, this merely levels the playing field. All those conversations you're purposely having inside buildings now because you know there's nothing the LSPD/LSSD/SABI can do about it? That time is over. This forces you, the criminal roleplayer, to always be on your toes. This forces you to think twice about what is safe and what isn't. To give you an example of what wires are useful for, I'll bring up the most basic thing. Buy busts. You've heard about them, right? For those of you who don't know, a buy bust is when an officer in plain clothes approaches you, the criminal, to buy contraband from you. Previously we were very apprehensive about doing these types of operations, because officer safety (as it should be) is one of our number one priorities. Wires however give us the ability to, in real time, listen in to what the officer is doing instead of relying on texts or calls to know how they're doing. This tool has been widely available to police departments in the US (and probably across the globe as well) and it will simply function as something that will level the playing field. What is the point to playing a high level LCN character when you know that the LSPD can't physically ever do anything against you not because of incompetence, but because the script simply doesn't support it? There is only so much cosmetic fear you can roleplay without it getting dull and not feeling like you genuinely might be at risk. TL:DR - To some of you this tool might seem very minute and to others it might look overpowered. Both sides I get. If you're an associate then you probably won't care about this addition - and rightfully so, because it's not really meant to have an effect on you. This tool is there for police detectives to have the ability to bring the hurt to faction middle management and leaders - which is something I believe both sides have been waiting for for a long time. IF you can't tell, I'm personally very excited about this addition because I know that it will finally give the police department the IC ability to start genuinely ramping up investigations. In turn, I know this will bring many more people to the detective career path and will hopefully result in a more active police department detective bureau - something that the entire server will benefit from. If you are worried about usage of wires, you can find reassurance in this: In the Los Santos Police Department, using a wire illegally will simply not be allowed, period. I will put an OOC restriction on it because the tool is too powerful to be abused. The only times that people will be using wires will be to either wire up a police officer during a buy bust, to wire up a confidential informant (which we always OOCly vet with LFM/IFM to ensure they have IC reasons to rat instead of just OOC) or to wire up a business for which a warrant has obtained. If there are any further questions, please let me know. I do not want any of you to be confused/concerned about our wire usage. I am personally very invested in it (because I roleplay a detective as well) and will not accept any abuse of the tool.
  8. This is not the place, please read the original post. Private message me please and I'll do what I can to help.
  9. We don't have a ban on foreigners joining the department - we follow the exact same standards ICly as the LAPD does. Although we heavily discourage it, there will be a person every blue moon that joins our faction with a background like that. On the flipside, we've started cracking down heavily on people using foreign slang because of ignorance. There were several new guides posted in the past 2 months about proper speech patterns, roleplay styles, the works. We grouped up with a large part of the faction's American population to go over mannerisms, slang, you name it to improve the quality of the support we offer. We had our middle management then focus on their own direct areas of influence (patrols, divisions, etc) and educate their folks where need be. The people I know were concerns at the time have been dealt with either by way of removal or course correction - does that mean people can't slip up every now and again? Dude. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the many many many brits in my faction uses or has used British slang by accident. Accidents aside, refer to my first post. We don't have a ban on naturalized citizens joining and thus it's possible for someone to grow up in the United Kingdom and somehow find their way here. We have, however, started cracking down heavily on it OOCly since ~ 4 months ago. There are several topics in the open area of the LSPD forums that explain what we look for in members, with more in depth topics open to the people that pass the initial stages of recruitment / are a part of the faction. We have only recently taken a hammer to our recruitment process to re-do it from the ground up. It will take time for all of that to straighten out. That being said, if you have any recent examples of this happening, I encourage you to pass them along.
  10. OH okay fair enough, my bad! It's not uncommon for people not to know exactly what it means / the difference between probable cause and reasonable suspicion, all that fun legal stuff.
  11. What copacetic meant is probable cause of a crime being committed. It's a standard of proof or threshold that has to be met before a warrant can be signed off on, an arrest made, etcetera. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probable_cause < wikipedia article explains it pretty well in depth.
  12. He put the air quotes there for a reason. Let's keep this reasonable and not stoop into the realm of taking things on face value when clearly they weren't intended to be taken that way. What he's trying to tell you is that within the confines of his role as a law enforcement officer in the game, his character will do what it can to achieve the goal as it's set: arrest x criminal, perform y action, etcetera. He's not saying he will bend over backwards out of character to get you in trouble if you mess up. He's not saying that, out of character, he's going to spend his days making people's lives a living hell for the sake of doing it. He's expressing here that when it comes to the reality on the ground, his character will do what it can do to achieve their goal. And guess what? That works on both sides of the coin. Don't you try your best to get away from the police when you're put in that situation? Aren't you out there on the grind trying to get rid of your illicit substances/illegal firearms as best you can for the most money you can? I'm not trying to be an ass and you don't see me slinging shit at criminal factions either. I'm saying preach what you teach, especially if you're in a position to do so. That's not me saying ''I'm the internet police and if you ever say something on the forums that may be slightly misinterpreted I am going to fire you!!!'', that's me saying if you're genuinely out there behaving in that manner, you will be dealt with. And even then, when people post things like this? They will be spoken to about it. Probably told that it isn't smart to say things like that on the forums, especially not when we're already in a precarious position sometimes due to this faction's past. That doesn't mean that the man is out there in game doing exactly as you'd accuse him of just by way of him having said that on the forums, because if he were, then he would be in trouble. However, all of that enforcement is invisible and for good reason. You won't see things being done about that because, well, it's done in private.
  13. I was referring to what someone specifically said about botching arrests a few replies before, not you. Should've specified, my bad!
  14. If people have a clear play to win mentality, they get straight up removed from the faction out of character. Their IC situation has nothing to do with that nor should it. I would lie if I said I didn't care about retention, but I suggest you speak to the people which got the [termination] tag between OOC brackets because they fucked up whether they agree with you on this stance or not. Both punishment and course correction have their place in life. Don't be too fast to deal in extremes. Also, on the topic of people not being punished enough? Perhaps the person that made that very post should start investing more time in doing exactly that if they feel there is a deficit.
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