SASP Employee Newsletter June 2017

Written by Danny


Dear Employees,

As we move fully into summer weather, many of our colleagues and staff will be taking annual leave over the coming months, so there may be challenging times ahead for responding to calls.

Recently there has been a problem with low-scale 911 calls being handled and the time in which they're being handled. This is something which will need to be addressed from the top down and we will be rolling out changes over the coming weeks to ensure that all calls are handled with the same efficiency and care than emergency ones.

The Joint Tactical and Intelligence Centre is still under construction at the moment - we will be coming to some of the people who have highlighted interests in being a part of this team, and asking if they would like to assist constructing the foundations of the team, and how it will work going forward.

We also have our 4th of July celebrations coming up in a couple of days with different parades and events upcoming over the next week or so.

High Command Team.


Red County Entertainment Magazine

Written by Yassin; SAN Network


Red County Entertainment Magazine





As many of you will know, I held a talk show to get your opinions on one of the fastest growing musical genres within the county (from my perspective) – rap. As street gangs become increasingly prominent within society and daily life; not just the rise of them, but also the fall, we connect such a genre with them, as well as each and every facet within the genre. The themes, the emotions, the raw and harsh language.

Within the talk show, my discoveries stretched beyond discovering the sub-genres of rap, unbeknownst to me prior to the show – I talked with wise individuals who filled me in on how it’s so much more than what some perceive to be expletives and unnecessary arrogance. Our first caller, going by the name of Topher, informed me of sub-divisions such as ‘Chicano rap’ – after some slight research, I discovered that it covered rap within Latin America – with Chicano being a slang word for Mexican Americans. Anyone familiar with Montgomery would be familiar with the various Latin street gangs rising, developing, falling and changing over the past year at the very least – bring such a new level of relevance of such an ‘urban’ style of music into the counties. Our next caller Vinnie opened our eyes towards aspiring rapper Don Omar, a Puerto Rican rapper whose tracks have found their way into films such as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Evidently, the sub-division of Latin rap seems to have gained a rising influence over the counties, rather than the stereotypical African-American rap most people think of upon the mention of ‘rap’ – an incredibly broad genre indeed.

Our proceeding callers delved into the emotions put across through the medium of rap, and how it has got so much more to offer than it does at face value. Caller Effie informed us that rap is not just a genre of music, but it is in fact ‘style, culture, and a way of living’. She went on to suggest that rap is a ‘collage’ taking inspiration from multiple other genres of music and putting it into its own, fresh style and wording to make it relevant to the rapper and the listener. However, another caller Marcello managed to put across his sentiments towards rap in such a passionate way; affirming the fact rap has so much more value to it than just guns, drugs and ‘booty’ [sic], but it’s about ‘rapping the dream’ and a medium in which they announce their aspirations to the listener; it gives such freedom to the rapper, and the essence of rap is within the freedom of being able to say and do what they want. The most poignant line from our conversation – to me – has to be “don’t listen with your head, listen with your heart”.

This would not be an article if I did not display two sides to the story, however. After the talk show, I engaged in a short conversation with Martin, who put across his firm views towards rap in a rather blunt sense; evidently unaffected by the words of the previous callers. He informed me that to him, rap ‘simply ruined music’, and that it’s nothing more than ‘speaking’ with a beat in the background. He went on to describe some of his people of interest, such as Chris Cornell, Freddie Mercury, and Michael Jackson – none of which are still with us – and the raw emotion they promote through the melodic voices, as opposed to how he viewed rapping.
It was surprising to me that even after hearing the views of those in favour of rap, such a rapidly developing genre of music, comprising countless subdivisions, some callers were still unmoved. Of course, it’s all down to opinion, and many people say opinion is like a mixtape in itself; they do not want to hear yours. However, that’s not what this is about. Whether you like rap or not, it is here to stay in this society, and it clearly generates a personal identity with multiple races, age groups, and ethnicities throughout our country.



RCFD: Community Relations Reform

Written by Yassin; Bantrado







Community Relations Reform

Published by Heather Byrne • 26/06/2017 • Press Release #71

The Red County Fire Department has seen some vast improvements over the past few months, with many immense changes being made to the Command and High Command team, as well as the many different divisions of the department. Throughout these changes, we've come through with a much greater department which we are slowly developing to be greater as time goes on. We've decided that one way in which to truly reform the department is to revise how the Red County Fire Department connects with the people that matter the most; the public.

You're currently viewing a revised format regarding press releases. We've decided that our old method of bringing news on our department was simply outdated and thus we've begun the use of a new template. We've also seen changes to our Community Relations Desk, where you're now able to Commend an Employee if you've feel that they've gone out of their line of work for the benefit of the public. We've also made access to requesting a ride-along easier, meaning that you're able to view the daily duties of the Fire Department firsthand. The Community Relations team have many events planned, which we'll be bringing you information on quite shortly. We'll be getting involved with the public in the way that lets you see our daily duties while also gaining an insight on exactly what it's like to perform as a firefighter.

We strongly encourage the usage of our complaints and commendation section if you feel as though you need to voice your opinion about one of our employees. We also encourage the usage of our ride-along system to fully gain the full Fire Department experience. The Community Relations team has seen a new division director and I'm definitely excited to be leading the connection between the Fire Department and our community.

Visit our commendation section here.
Visit our complaints section here.
Visit our ride-along section here.




Heather Byrne
Director of Community Relations



© Copyright 2017 - Community Relations Division, Red County Fire Department. This press release has been published on behalf of the Community Relations Division of the Red County Fire Department. All information is believed to be correct, however the Red County Fire Department are not responsible for any mistakes within this release.

Official statement in response to "Reporter Caught In Firearm Sting"

Written by Yassin

Recently SAN Network has come under scrutiny following an article published by 'County Radio' claiming that one of SAN Network's reporters was caught harboring firearms in a news van. Due to the uncertainty of the facts and discrepancies between timelines, SAN Network decided not to make any official statement until the details of the incident had been fully uncovered, and all information could be taken not on the balance of probability, but for facts. County Radio did not state any concrete sources when initially publishing their article and as of releasing this statement (06/26/2017) the article has not been updated with any sources. As the only other 'evidence' presented in the article consists of images that do not prove or in any way back up the information presented, we instinctively question the legitimacy and sincerity of the content.

Following an internal investigation we can now prove that the alleged suspect of these criminal activities who is also a reporter at SAN Network, Harriet Starborn, has not been charged with any offenses following these events and does not face any pending charges. With the consent of Harriet Starborn we can now release a copy of the her criminal record document as kept by the San Andreas State Police as evidence of this. The document has been redacted to remove information about specific charges to protect Starborn's privacy, but the dates are enough to prove that Starborn has not been charged with any offenses at all following Friday evening, when the events took place according the article published by County Radio.

We are also aware that some have voiced opinions about our standards, more specifically our standards when it comes to the criminal history of our reporters. We condemn all types of crimes and those who commit these crimes - and we have a strict policy cornering it internally - but we also believe that people should be given multiple chances. Many organizations and companies would never consider hiring a person who has a history of committing any felony charges, but we believe that even some of these individuals should be given a chance as their criminal history is not the only thing defining their character. Naturally this does not mean that we do not terminate our contract with any employees that receive serious charges during their period of employment.

Hopefully this clears a few things up and answers to the concerns that some had about San Andreas News Network.

Brian Johnsson
Chief Executive Officer, San Andreas News Network


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