For the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition, see Los Santos Police Department (3D Universe).

"Obey and Survive."
―Motto of the LSPD.


The Los Santos Police Department (LSPD) is the primary law enforcement agency of the city of Los Santos, San Andreas. The LSPD is based on the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Description

According to the badges on officers, the LSPD was established in 1889, nearly a hundred years after Los Santos was founded. Being a a large police force, the LSPD appears to be well-funded and equipped, although unlike previous games, LSPD officers and cars very rarely appear on the streets of Los Santos.

The LSPD has jurisdiction over the entirety of Los Santos. This includes Del Perro, Davis, and Rockford Hills, despite those being different cities, though they may have contracted the LSPD for policing. They also have jurisdiction over Los Santos International Airport and the Port of Los Santos, despite their real-life counterparts having their own police departments (Los Angeles International Airport having the Los Angeles Airport Police and the Port of Los Angeles having the Los Angeles Port Police respectively).

The only sure ways to find LSPD officers are at LSIA, directly outside police stations, during pursuits of Street Criminals, or by dialing 911 in the in-game phone for the Police. Arrow stations also usually have an officer or two, particularly the underground ones. In Downtown Los Santos, foot patrols of two officers can be found within a two-block radius of the Mission Row Police Station, often interacting with the homeless that frequent the area. In other areas of Los Santos however, it is rare to find an occupied patrol car unless it is in pursuit of an NPC driver.

Behavior

LSPD officers are shown to be very aggressive and violent, with police brutality being very common, such as an officer shown pressing his baton against a suspect's neck in the lobby of the Mission Row Police Station during the mission Eye in the Sky. It is implied that the LSPD is heavily corrupt and systematically racist, and that they also hire and have sex with prostitutes, although this cannot be seen in-game. However, despite these, it is implied by the LSPD pilot in Eye in the Sky that there are actually good, non-corrupt officers in the LSPD.

LSPD officers are often too aggressive for their own good, letting their aggression take charge instead of common sense. This results in the LSPD appearing to be extremely incompetent and dim-witted. Their actions include, but are not limited to, severely damaging their own cars during pursuits, standing still in the open while being shot at, shooting at armored and/or heavily armed vehicles with their mostly-inferior weapons, not calling for backup when overwhelmed by groups of suspects, crashing into vehicles and going after the other driver as if it was their fault, taking cover behind or standing near a vehicle which is on fire and about to explode, shooting at oncoming vehicles, setting up roadblocks on the wrong side of the highway, rushing into areas that are obviously being watched and guarded by armed suspects, and hitting other officers with their cars. They are, however, shown to follow at least one realistic procedure: if their lights and sirens are on, and they approach an intersection, they will switch their siren to a "yelp" or "phaser" tone at the intersection. Once they pass the intersection, they will switch the sirens back to the usual "wail" tone.

Against NPCs

Officers can be encountered stopping NPC crimes by shooting NPCs who are resisting arrest or shooting vehicles they are pursuing, often killing the suspects. Unless it is a scripted random event, the player is not permitted to use force to attempt to assist in the capture of a pursued NPC suspect, as a wanted level will be attained and police attention will immediately switch to the player.

LSPD officers, as well as LSSD deputies and NOOSE operators, will fire on NPCs who harm them, including unarmed passing motorists who may accidentally hit officers with their vehicles.

Like the LCPD in GTA IV, the police can assist the player if they see NPCs attacking them or someone else, although unlike the LCPD, they will open fire on sight instead of arresting them.

Against the Player

Main article: Wanted Level in GTA V


Structure

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The LSPD follow a rank and hierarchy system similar to the real world counterpart of the LAPD. Some of the LSPD officers have patches on their uniform sleeves which show their rank. To determine whether an officer is Police Officer I or II, officers with a tie and no rank on their shoulder will most likely represent Officer I because most rookies out of the academy wear a tie on the job. Officers that don't wear a tie and have no rank on their shoulder are most likely Officer II.

Senior Management

  • Chief of Police
  • Assistant Chief
  • Deputy Chief
  • Commander
  • Spokesman
    • Lee Whitless

Ranks


Stations

Main article: Police Stations

The Los Santos Police Department is large and organized, occupying a number of Police Stations throughout the city of Los Santos.

Dedicated LSPD Stations

Shared Stations

Equipment

Vehicles

Weapons

Uniform

Los Santos Police Department Officers wear navy blue uniforms resembling their real-life counterparts in the LAPD. They wear either long or short-sleeved duty shirts on which their badges, resembling the LAPD silver badge, is displayed on their left side. Their shirts may also display stripes on their sleeves to indicate their rank. They wear long duty pants and are equipped with a duty belt, which contains a radio, a pair of handcuffs, ammo cases, and what appears to be a Glock 22. They also wear boots as the real LAPD does (known as "Flight Boots" in GTA Online). Some can also be seen wearing a police hat, body armor, and glasses.

The detectives from the Unmarked Cruisers do not wear uniforms, and primarily wear tuxedos instead, with no visible identification of being LSPD units.

LSPD Command Pilots wear a pale green coverall with matching gloves and grey boots. Their coveralls have Police Command Pilot patches on both sleeves and an LSPD Wings patch on their right breast with a standard Police Officer badge on their left breast.

When chased at a three-star wanted level and above, the officers in cars wear bulletproof vests over their uniform, which can make them tougher to kill (unless killed by headshots). Female officers, however, do not use body armor.

There is an unused LSPD uniform for Michael which can be worn using trainers. At one point in Grand Theft Auto Online, an LSPD uniform could be worn by a GTA Online Protagonist after the Heists Update, but the outfit has since been blacklisted.

Prominent Mission Appearances

Image Gallery

Official Screenshots

In-Game

Trivia

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  • The LS Quik newspaper describes the LSPD as the "most violent police force in the world".
  • If the player obtains a wanted level during Three's Company, Dave Norton will state that their training lasts only two weeks, and that Michael should have no difficulties to lose them.
  • The LSPD's motto, "Obey & Survive", is an obvious parody of the LAPD's motto, "To Protect and to Serve", altered to reflect the accusations against the LAPD (and by extent against the LSPD) of excessive violence.
    • In addition, the police badge strongly resembles that of the LAPD, except it features what appears to be two officers dragging a civilian down the steps of City Hall, another reference to excessive LSPD violence.
  • While the LSPD is not shown to enforce traffic laws in-game, it is implied they do, an example being a Weazel News radio report about police stopping a car with a dead person in it on the Del Perro Freeway.
  • An in-game news article that says a man was arrested for using his camera phone to film LSPD officers who promptly shot his dog for "good measure" is likely based on a real-life incident from 2013, where a man in Hawthorne, California was arrested for using his phone to film Hawthorne police officers at a crime scene, and an officer shot the man's dog after it barked and leaped at them.[2][3]
  • The LSPD pilot in Eye in the Sky mentions "minority quotas" the LSPD implemented in order to help boost their reputation. This may be based on the real-life practices of the LAPD, who began implementing policies of hiring more black, Hispanic, and Asian police officers after the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
  • In incidents where there may be multiple wounded civilians or officers on the ground, there is a chance that police officers will try and pull nearby wounded civilians or officers into cover. If a civilian is taken into cover, they will still be on the ground in pain (paramedics will dispatched, who will heal them), while an officer will stay at their side and protect them. However, if an officer is taken into cover, it will take around 15 to 20 seconds (less if paramedics are healing them) for them to get back up, pull out a pistol, and resume to shoot at the player. Paramedics will rarely succeed, however, as they will flee if any shots are fired, and the police will continuously shoot at the player.
  • The design on the peaked caps worn by LSPD officers is the star symbol seen on Los Santos County Sheriff vehicles, despite the fact that they are different agencies. A similar situation applies to the LSPD patch, which also features the star. This is most likely a developer oversight.
  • If the player has a wanted level, and officers don't have a police vehicle near them, they will get into parked civilian vehicles or commandeer them from traffic. The player's vehicle may be subject to this: if a player parks their vehicle near a police station, and a pursuit occurs that does not involve the player, a police officer may take their vehicle.
  • If the player or an NPC is being chased by police while in sight of other officers on foot, the officers on foot will get into nearby police vehicles to assist their fellow officers.
  • Some LSPD officers may announce themselves as Globalpol.
  • The LSPD officers at Bolingbroke Penitentiary use Assault Shotguns instead of Pump Action Shotguns. This makes exploring Bolingbroke Penitentiary dangerous, as their weapons provide deadly close range firepower.
  • In some Switch Scenes, LSPD officers may be given differing weaponry.
    • In the Switch Scene where Trevor tries to explain his crimes while being chased by the LSPD, the initial pursuing officers will be unarmed and will only use their fists.
    • In the Switch Scene where Franklin stops Lamar from taunting two LSPD officers, the officers will only be armed with stun guns.
  • Officers will copy how the player's vehicle maneuvers through the road almost directly, which may have been done to minimize crashes during pursuits. However, if they do crash, it is possible that they will give up and stop giving chase to the player.
  • For some unknown reason, if all officers have despawned or have been killed, but there is still a police vehicle remaining nearby, an NPC may walk up quickly, steal it, and drive off erratically.
  • It is more likely for a police chase with an NPC to start if the player enters their safehouse.
  • Officers do not use the pistols that are strapped in their belt, using a different pistol instead.
  • Officers will rarely become angry at the player for greeting NPCs in the Mission Row Police Station. Also, when Trevor taunts them, they will become angry and threatening after two taunts, and will then attack Trevor if he insults them a third time or insults another nearby officer.
  • When the player equips a Minigun or a Rocket Launcher during combat with the police, some officers will warn the others about the weapon that was pulled.
  • The LSPD possesses drones, which can only be seen during the Heist Prep: Nano Drones mission in GTA Online.

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