Welcome to response team! The response team are the first line of defence of the police force. Every officer will start in this division, this allows them to gain the knowledge and skills to be a police officer in the big city of London. As an officer within RT, you're expected to carry out all forms of patrolling, including high-visibility patrols, responding to 999 calls, dealing with situations you come across. You'll initiate routine traffic stops, attend bank robberies when cleared by SCO19 or Interceptors to assist with public safety, and serve members of public as necessary.
Head of Response Team
Deputy of Response Team
As a Metropolitan police officer you need to follow the Police Officer Handbook, all officers MUST follow basic procedures.
When arresting someone, you have the opportunity to read their rights on the scene of the arrest, up to sentencing them. Although for the best experience for both officer and suspect is to read the rights upon arrest. Make sure you let the suspect know if he is placed under arrest or being detained. The correct rights to read are as follows:
“You do not have to say anything. But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”
You should be searching the suspect at the scene of the arrest; immediately seizing and destroying any illegal possessions the suspect may have. Any illegal possession should be added as an additional charge.
The most common type of search is a stop and search on a crime scene, this will be referred to in the UK Legislation as searching someone under the “Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Section 2b”.
Reading the act or section under a certain law is a necessity and it is enforced to allow people a better quality of RP as well as to enable us to see who is performing to the highest standard.
Detaining someone and searching someone involved or situated in an area with has recently undergone either a shootout or other event is acceptable, and should be used appropriately.
Once you’ve read their rights & searched them. You put them in your car and transport them to the nearest PD. From here on you can ask if they want to make use of a lawyer, if they say yes they have 15 minutes to get to the jail cells. You may uncuff the suspect when you have taken all the illegal items. Upon arrival of the lawyer you search the lawyer and if he has anything illegal, you may take these from him. Any broomsticks or non-illegal weaponry may be seized until they leave. Make sure you give this item back. Make sure to roleplay out this situation with the lawyer and suspect. Once the lawyer agrees to the sentence and fine or when the suspect has asked for no lawyer, you may tell him the jail sentence and fine. If he or his lawyer have no further question you may sentence them. If they ask for a higher up you MUST provide them one if there is 1 available. If they ask for your name & badge number you MUST provide them your name & your perm id (perm id = Badge number)
- Stop and Search - Police and Criminal evidence Act 1984 Section 1 2 A
- Dangerous Driving - Road Traffic Act 1991 Section 1
- Murder - Homicide Act of 1957 Section 1
- Theft / Robbery - Theft Act 1968 Section 1 and 2
- Assault on police - Police Act 1996 Section 1 and 2
Once you have pulled over the suspect. You make sure you call out your traffic stop. E.g. “RT-1 pulling over a grey austin martin with blue underglow, pulling to a stop at ammunation. Standby for more information” you can ask for the person to turn off the engine, if they do not comply its fine aswell but its for a more secure traffic stop. When at a stop you can step out the car and go over to their window. You can ask them to roll the window down (/roll), if its night you can shine the flashlight through the window to see the driver for more roleplay. You ask for their ID ( K > Ask for ID ) , make sure you ask for their ID verbally before asking it through your phone. You check their registration plates / number plates on the ID and the vehicle and make sure they are matching. If it is a custom plate (They do not have P infront of it) just dont worry about and roleplay it out. Let them go with a warning or fine them the amount that is on the Crimes and fines sheet. If they have quality roleplay be lenient on the fine. Give them back their ID after the traffic stop and wish them a good day.
Use of Force
Use of force should always be justifiable, and you should always seek to use non-lethal approaches as opposed to automatically opening up a situation in a lethal manner. Remember you are a member of the Met Police Department, you are advised always to talk a situation out with a suspect rather than approach a situation with a taser on standby.
The use of tasers are still a potentially deadly tool and those who constantly use tasers over de-escalation tactics such as talking and calming the situation down will be classed as excessive force and punished accordingly. Tackling, tazing, and verbal avenues should be attempted. Remember, you’re in to save lives, not take lives.
TPAC - Tactical Pursuit and Containment
Remember, before performing any form of TPAC you must have completed and passed the Advanced Driving Course. There are different forms of TPAC’s. The one and only TPAC that may be done without training is the box in manouvre. You will box in the vehicle with 3 other police vehicles. Mainly interceptors will take lead. If there is no intercepter on duty, the highest member of the response team will take lead. The front vehicle will slowly decrease their speed to put the vehicle to a stop.
All risks must be summed up before TPAC is performed, this includes but is not limited to:
- Danger to life (both other members of the public and officers)
- State of all vehicles involved
- Vehicle markers
- Length of pursuit