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A police bribe is a pickup in the Grand Theft Auto series intended to eliminate the player's Wanted Level. They are only present in the 2D Universe and the 3D Universe.

Description

First introduced in Grand Theft Auto, the pickup is intended as an cost-free alternative to respraying the player's vehicle at a spray shop, although its scarcity makes the tactic more difficult unless the player memorizes their locations. Police bribe locations vary widely, with some showing up in obvious locations, while others are well hidden from plain view. Some require performing a jump in an automobile to reach, as they are positioned at a slight altitude, and inaccessible on-foot. The pickup is absent in HD Universe, as revamped wanted level systems in this universe render the bribe redundant.

2D Universe

In its first appearance in GTA, the bribe assumed the appearance of a spinning gold coin that will eliminate the whole of the player's present wanted level. In Grand Theft Auto 2, it appears as a rotating dollar-shaped pickup, with the same function as the GTA pickup.

3D Universe

In 3D Universe games, the bribe appears as a rotating, star-shaped police badge pickup and will reduce the player's wanted level by one star when picked up; once the player obtains the bribe, his/her wanted level will be immediately reduced by one star. However, any higher-level police presence (Military, SWAT or FBI for example) in the area prior to obtaining the bribe will continue to pursue the player (assuming a wanted level is still in place), but more of such vehicles will no longer appear. The one exception is the Police Maverick, which will disengage from pursuit of a player with a 3-star wanted level upon obtaining a police bribe (reducing their wanted level to 2 stars). In the 3D Universe, some bribe stars are placed in positions that require the player to execute a jump with a vehicle in order to obtain it.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto III

Portland Island

Staunton Island

Shoreside Vale

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Cop bribes map (GTA SA)

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Los Santos

Red County

Whetstone

San Fierro

Tierra Robada

Bone County

Las Venturas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Portland Island

Staunton Island

Shoreside Vale

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

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