This page contains common IC and OOC information related to law enforcement in and around Los Santos. Players may assume that their characters know the information here or could learn about it with little effort.
Crime never sleeps, and neither do the law enforcement officers of Los Santos and its surrounding territories. Those pursuing a life of crime will inevitably come into contact with one or more of the police agencies in the region. Each agency has its own personality and way of dealing with things, but their primary missions are all the same: Put the bad guys behind bars.
The LSPD is the primary law enforcement entity responsible for the city of Los Santos. Like many metropolitan agencies, they are overworked and underfunded. Keeping the streets of Los Santos safe is a dangerous and often thankless task, and a lot of LSPD officers are fairly disgruntled as a result. A seemingly constant wave of lawsuits against officers doesn't exactly help this situation. The city often prefers to settle these suits rather than fight on behalf of the accused officers. This has led to the rank-and-file having a general lack of confidence in the upper echelons of the department and city government.
There have been allegations of corruption at various levels in the LSPD, and occasionally the city will serve up the most egregious offenders in an attempt to placate angry voters before the next election cycle. Most people see this for what it is: An empty gesture designed to keep dirtbag politicians in office. In all likelihood, the LSPD brass is part of the problem. In the absence of a coordinated effort to clean up the department, this status quo continues.
Blaine County is the wild west of San Andreas, and the deputies of the BCSO embrace that stereotype to the fullest. Half of them would prefer riding a horse over driving a patrol car. It's unclear whether their hiring process requires actual completion of an accredited police academy, or if simply being drinking buddies with the Sheriff is good enough to get you a badge and gun.
The biggest obstacle when policing Blaine County is the sheer amount of territory to cover. It's not uncommon for a single deputy to be the only responding unit on a priority call at two in the morning. This is in stark contrast to downtown Los Santos where backup is usually just around the corner. As a result, BCSO deputies often develop a style of policing that is far "friendlier" and relies on cooperation from the citizenry. The question is whether this friendliness goes too far and results in criminals "getting a pass" a little too often. After all, this is Blaine County where everybody is everybody else's cousin.
The troopers of the SASP consider it their job to put the "military" in a paramilitary organization. They are a no-nonsense bunch of hard-nosed cops who usually insist on doing everything "by the book". It's jokingly said that the SASP troopers will happily chase a car across the entire state for a broken tail light, and that's not terribly far from the truth.
SASP troopers are often called in to conduct internal investigations for the LSPD or BCSO when the politics of a situation demand an impartial investigation. However, the brass of those other agencies are rarely happy when the troopers show up. The SASP runs the only political corruption unit in the state, and they're constantly looking to beef up their arrest stats.
Troopers have a reputation for being egotistical maniacs. They consider it an insult to be referred to as an "officer", and much to the chagrin of other cops will loudly demand to be addressed as "Trooper" if someone gets it wrong. They have no patience for what they perceive as "laziness" from other police officers, and often fail to recognize the fact that the SASP has access to far greater resources and funding than most other departments. This can lead to an adversarial relationship with other departments, but the troopers see this as part of their job: They're just inspiring those other cops to be better.
All of the law enforcement agencies in the state of San Andreas have automatic mutual aid agreements with each other. The LSPD responds to calls in the county on a regular basis, and the BCSO does the same when the city needs assistance. All officers are authorized to exercise their police powers in any part of the state.
In game terms, this means there is no technical difference between any of the police agencies. Department is simply a matter of roleplay preference. Requesting a transfer between departments is an IC request involving the heads of those respective agencies.
On occasion, an extraordinary circumstance will garner the attention of the federal government. When this happens, they may send a representative or two from the FIB, NOOSE, or other federal agency to liase with local law enforcement to assist with a specific investigation. The feds do not maintain a regular local presence beyond these task force scenarios.