| Part One - Introduction
We'd like to start this Newsletter by wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It has been a very busy month for the Department, from Academy 29 to the more recent shooting in Club Pulse. However with the busy month of December finally out the way, we'd like to thank all of you for your outstanding effort within your roles, both administratively and field-based, your effort this month hasn't gone unnoticed. We have tried extra hard this month to have an extra layer of engagement with the County, giving away some prizes to the public over the festive period, and it seems to have made a difference with the way the public looks at the department so the events this month have been a success.
However, we do have to look forward what is coming up in the coming months. The month of January again promises to be a busy one, and it requires the utmost professionalism from yourselves and us, the High Command Team. We need to work as a team, and make January, and 2016 as a year a successful one. We're going to be continuing with the Command in Training Scheme and making sure that they are continually being trained so that, by the end of their scheme they have all the traits and attributes that a successful Command Team member requires, providing stability for the Department as a whole.
This year promises to be a very long road, with the Command in Training scheme wrapping up within the first few weeks in January, and the Sergeant in Training scheme going to be coming in to full operation shortly.
Not only are we looking to stabilise the Department by looking at the middle of the supervisory chain, we are also looking to bring back rewards for NCOs. With Trooper of the month returning, and more incentives being thought up by the Command & High Command Team, now is the best time to be part of the San Andreas State Police.
Commander Mark Cambridge,
Director of Patrol Operations.
| Part Two - Emergency Services Unit
This month also seen the addition of one of the most complex units within the San Andreas State Police. The Emergency Servies Unit has returned at the helm of Master Sergeant Vincent Kemp. Master Sergeant Kemp has proven in the past his ability to run this unit, and has proven so far that he is the right man for the job. He had this to say about the re-implementation of the unit;
The Emergency Services Unit originated under the leadership of Dwayne Reeves around 2 or 3 years ago. As soon as I joined the department in 2013, I joined the Emergency Services Unit under Dwayne Reeves and served for essentially my entire time in the department since (that the division has existed). The Emergency Services Unit is now of course led by me, though the purpose and intention of the unit remains unchanged. We're a unit which primarily responds to tactical and dangerous scenes (i.e. a shots fired / code zero) as a medical resource and at times which the SACFD would be an inappropriate resource. We often assist the Special Weapons and Tactics division on breaching buildings by having an ESU member at the back of each breaching party to quickly intervene and issue life-saving treatment if necessary.
We currently have 6 full time ESU members including 2 ESU Command and 4 ESU members. We also have 2 trainees which are due to conduct their training after the Christmas period. These members are all trained in Basic Life Support, which is the delivery of simple yet extremely effective and necessary interventions during the 'golden hour'. We also have two members (ESU Command) who are Advanced Life Support trained, meaning that we're able to apply our advanced skills to patients which may be either more advanced (e.g. epileptics, diabetics) or more critical (e.g. trauma, falls from heights). The Emergency Services Unit is based in Fort Carson at the previous Sheriff's Office, this is where you'll probably find one of us if we're needed for a non-emergency discussion.
At present, I'm very satisfied with the work of the Emergency Services Unit. They're working extremely proficiently and I'm not at all concerned about the activity of our tight-knit team. With regards to the future, ESU Command are looking to implement a new skill level within the unit of Intermediate Life Support, which is a midway between the BLS and ALS groups. It'll be an opportunity for our BLS EMTs to advance to and we believe it will ease the process to a full ALS paramedic. The level will include the more 'basic' ALS skills, such as drug administration (IV Bolus and Infusion) and Laryngeal Mask Airway Intervention. We're also looking to work with the Air Support Unit to improve our utilisation and response of our aircraft, ABLE-1 and ABLE-2, for the appropriate situation (i.e. Able-1 responds to Search and Rescue OPs and complex medical operations, Able-2 responds to general medical situations).
Thank you for reading this brief section about the Emergency Services Unit. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the unit, don't hesitate to contact me.
Master Sergeant Vincent Kemp
Emergency Services Unit Commander
We'd like to thank Master Sergeant Kemp for his effort in re-implementing this unit, and returning it to full and efficient operation.
| Part Three - Recruitment & Training Unit
We have re-introduced the Recruitment & Training Unit, thus combining the previous Recruitment Unit and Academic Training Unit. What this means is, communication between Recruitment and Training will be a lot more efficient as it will be within the one unit, with one Director overseeing it. It means that Troopers who may be assigned to recruitment who's job is complete after the interview will be extended over to the Academy, allowing familiar faces to conduct training which is not only an ease for the Academy Students, but allows the unit to be consistently active and not active solely during recruitment batches.
The recruitment system that is in operation at present will not change, however recruitment will be closed for the foreseeable future due to a lack of interest from the public in the previous batch for Academy 29. Of course, we do not want to just hire anyone so standards will still remain understandably high.
A brand new Probationary Trooper Examination has also been implemented for the training stage. The Exam was written and designed by Commander Mark Cambridge and Lieutenant CiT Nathan Drake. The exam is designed to test not only the knowledge of an Academy Student, but their situational and observational skills. The system we have also used for this exam is an extremely efficient one, allowing exams to be marked quickly and results be returned to Students in a quick fashion.
Academy 29 also seen the removal of the Probationary A and Probationary B system, however the team are looking to bring back a similar system for the coming batches. It was dropped due to the lack of numbers in Academy 29, deeming the system infeasible.
Probationary Troopers will still spend two weeks during the Field Training stage and after, will be reviewed by all parties involved with their training up to that point, along with Command and High Command to decide whether or not they should be confirmed as a full State Trooper.
| Part Four - Academy 29
The Department has once again ran a successful academy, with Academy 29 coming to a close on Saturday the 19th of December. The Cadets and Training Instructors who were attending had a fantastic time, and it was an enjoyable day for all. Every Cadet who also attended has also passed their Probationary Trooper Examination and has moved on to the Field Training Stage. We'd like to congratulate the following for completing Academy 29 and passing their Examination;
We wish them all the best in their future career!
| Part Five - Special Investigations Division
SID is one of our most stable and efficient divisions running at present. Their presence on the streets has led to the confiscation of over 1 million USD illegal contraband from the streets of San Andreas in the month of December. Their efforts may have, and will have saved the lives of many people on the streets of San Andreas and that is something we can all thank them for.
The division is one of the main field-based career paths that a trooper can take in the San Andreas State Police. It us currently being ran by Director and Lieutenant CiT Alejandro Fernando. His absence, due to vacation, has proven how efficient this division actually is, as it does not require it's Director to consistently pus the division. For this, we applaud them.
However, in the future we are going to be taking a heavy stance in gang enforcement and the SID are the first people we are going to ask to assist with that, and we know that in the future, they will take on that task with their utmost effort.
| Part Six - Special Weapons and Tactics
It has been an outstanding month for the SWAT team. Their efforts in multiple situations throughout San Andreas have led to the safe arrests of multiple dangerous armed suspects. Not only this, they have used bomb disposal, and negotiation tactics to defuse other situations, really showing how diverse and multi-skilled this elite squad are. Their highlight of this month has to be the situation in Jefferson Motel with multiple armed males barricaded inside. Declan Betke lead the situation with professionalism and efficiency. His tactic of suppressing the shooters, until they decided to retreat was outstanding, and without him as element leader, may not have been as successful. Betke added to his outstanding tactic by at the end, rushing down the corridors of the motel towards the final exit, taking the suspects by surprise and ending the situation without any troopers being injured.
Special Weapons and Tactics is the second field-based career path that a trooper can take. It is currently being lead by SWAT Commander Michael Eastman.
| Part One - Introduction | Part Seven - NCO Bulk Promotions
Another month rolls around which means another bulk promotion. Congratulations to everyone who has been promoted.
Trooper to Trooper First Class
Trooper First Class to Senior Trooper
Senior Trooper to Master Trooper
Master Trooper to Corporal
| Part Eight - Troops & Platoons
Troops and Platoons has finally been successfully implemented. No reports have been requested from Sergeants to this point however January, your bulk promotion prospects will rely on a review from your troop supervisor. The Platoon and Troop supervisors are listed below.
Platoon A Overwatch: Danny Remington
Troop One: Nicole McDonald
Troop Two: Phillip Voigt
Troop Three: Frank Warren
Troop Four: Yuri Stanislav
Platoon B Overwatch: TEMP Vincent Kemp
Troop One: Declan Betke
Troop Two: Alejandro Fernando
| Part Nine - Command in Training
The current candidates have been given a break over the holiday period, however will resume on the 2nd of January. Two weeks from that date will be the CiT final evaluation date. At this point not all of the current candidates will remain within their Command Team placement as the department cannot justify such a bulging Command Team for the Department size. We can not confirm at present how many positions will be available in the Command Team, however we can confirm that not all five candidates will remain.
We would like to re-assure the NCO and Sergeant bracket of the department that before this break, we were reviewing the candidates on a weekly basis to make sure they are suitable for their position, even as a candidate. If anyone has any complaints regarding any Lieutenant candidates, then please forward these to Commander Mark Cambridge of Chief of Police Connor Smith.
Final evaluation date: 16/1/16.
| Part Ten - Crime Report & Statistics
The monthly crime review has shown that Palomino Creek remains to be the most dangerous town within Red County, and the most dangerous for us to operate in. Going forward we must ensure that all troopers take extra care while being operational in the area.
The report has also shown that the highest gun crime rate is also Palomino Creek, with a clear link being distinguished.
Our SID team have worked an intelligence report which tells us there is rising organisations in Montgommery and Blueberry and it is something that we as a Department will be looking to counter as soon as possible.
High Command Team - 4 (6.66%)
Commissioner - 1 (1.64%)
Chief of Police - 1 (1.64%)
Deputy Chief of Police - 1 (1.64%)
Commander - 1 (1.64%)
Command Team - 7 (11.58%)
Captain - 2 (3.38%)
Lieutenant CiT - 5 (8.20%)
Sergeants Team - 6 (9.84%)
Master Sergeant - 1 (1.64%)
Staff Sergeant - 1 (1.64%)
Sergeant - 4 (6.66%)
Senior Non-Commissioned Officers 22 (36.07%)
Corporal - 12 (19.77%)
Master Trooper - 7 (11.48%)
Senior Trooper - 3 (4.92%)
Junior Non-Commissioned Officers 22 (36.07%)
Trooper First Class - 8 (13.11%)
Trooper - 8 (13.11%)
Probationary Trooper - 6 (9.84%)
Overall Employees - 61
- Desert Eagle: 2
- Shotgun: 3
- Tec-9: 1
- Micro-Uzi: 4
- MP5: 1
- M4: 1
- AK47: 2
- Country Rifle: 1
Value of Seizures: 1.35 Million USD
| Closing Words
As the Department moves forward officers will come and go, I want to see you all face your daily challenges however with a smile on your face. Remember this is no easy going county however we sometimes make it harder for ourselves as we set a negative example towards the public. As we push forward and develop as a department, public engagement is something that we definitely need to begin working on. Relations with the public isn't just the Public Affairs team job; every Trooper in the department acts an ambassador. Every interaction with the public can change an opinion of the SASP and as we move forward and progress moving into a modern day law enforcement organisation, we need to improve our public image. With a developing department such as ours, times can be stressful which we as the High Command team understand. However, we ask the Troopers to address the public issues with the same professionalism that you address your tasks on a daily basis.
Closing words by,
Commissioner Daniel Evans.