Officer Handbook

Bullying – Zero-Tolerance Policy

This community takes bullying and the act of bullying very seriously. Remember, there is always a fine line between having ‘banter’ with someone and bullying. Always make sure you know where the line is. The community, members and management are expected to have a zero-tolerance policy on bullying and therefore anyone who breaks this expectation will be removed dealt with accordingly. Further action may be taken by the CMG Community Managers at their discretion.

Introduction

Being in the Metropolitan Police Department involves dedication and consistent input. We expect all members from Police Constable up to High Command to maintain a high quality of effort and consideration within the department.

If you're new here, it's recommend that you read through each section carefully as your interview will be based on information found here on the eLibrary.

Ranking Structure

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Specialised Roles (Subdivisions)

Within the Metropolitan Police Department are specialised roles, otherwise known as subdivisions.

These roles are:

  • Response Team (RT)
  • Interceptor Team, part of the Roads Policing Unit (RPU)
  • Specialist Firearms Command 19 (SCO19)
  • National Police Air Service (NPAS)
  • Territorial Support Group (TSG)

Response Team (RT)

The response team are the back bone of the police force. Every officer will start in this division, this allows them to gain the knowledge and skills to police 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 once cleared by SCO19 or Interceptors to assist with public safety, and serve members of public as necessary.

You'll also be expected to assist with transportation duties and assisting your colleagues within the other subdivisions as required.

Things to note:

  • You can attend weapon calls, however you should always abide by the CMG rules and value your life.
  • You can attend vehicle pursuits, however you should always allow other ADC* holding officers past you, you must also never perform any form of TPAC (unless obtaining an ADC)

These will be explained to you in your training session.

*Advanced Driving Course

Interceptor Team (INT)

The Interceptor Team are focused on patrolling and protecting the motorways and larger arterial routes throughout the City. The Interceptor team provides the tools, knowledge and training to allow officers to achieve this in the most professional way possible. The Interceptor team are well known for their high-speed vehicles which gives the team the tactical advantage to deal with vehicle pursuits including dangerous driving and allows officers to take control of these situations enabling the officer to carry out their lawful duties.

Here you'll be enrolled into the ADC course if you're not already a holder, you'll learn how to safety manage pursuits.

Specialist Firearms Command 19 (SCO19)

SCO19 is a subdivision centralised around firearms. These highly skilled and highly trained officers protect our front line officers when dealing with calls such as armed robberies, theft and firearms situations. Situations can get out of hand very quickly when they involve weapons, therefore these officers have to be ready to make a split decision when using lethal and non-lethal weapons.


National Police Air Service (NPAS)

NPAS are an immensely useful division for catching criminals on the roads, water, and in the skies, as well as monitoring situations. NPAS pilots are put through rigorous training in order to ensure the safety of the skies. The helicopters are equipped with accurate cameras with thermal and night vision technology. During pursuits, units in NPAS should be sought if available.

Territorial Support Group (TSG)

The TSG Division are the real bad asses of the Metropolitan Police Department, this unit focuses on disrupting major gangs head on with no remorse shown. They focus on obtaining intelligence against gangs and organisations aiming to cause disruption at the top to put the leaders away for life.


Arresting Procedure

When arresting someone, you have the opportunity to read their rights on the scene of the arrest, up to sentencing them. 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.

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Police Controls

Communications

To ensure officers safety, it is imperative to all operations that radio communications are exemplary. Depending on what your division you're in, you may hold another call sign or identifer, however if not then please use your officers name. If you have a static call sign, this will not change depending on the vehicle that officer is in (with exceptions if the officer is deployed within any special vehicle that has a pre-defined call sign or requires them to identify as another) which will be within the following format:

Officer [Name] OR Call sign

If you hold a static call call sign this must be shown on any the Metropolitan Police Discord, and TeamSpeak to assist in other officers identifying you and show be shown in the following format:

[INT-00] or [AFO 8]

Officers should identify on the radio at all times as this call sign and should follow basic radio procedure at all times. You should use your radio as a tool to assist with both officers you're assisting and officers assisting you. Therefore it is important to give clear and concise radio traffic.

Example:

Officer Bloggs, I’ve got a male with an knife making off from me, heading north on Strawberry Avenue, can I have additional

[BREAK FOR RADIO TRAFFIC] - This allows any responding officers to announce their response

Officer Bloggs, update, male is , currently driving at speeds of around [MPH] and driving [BEHAVIOUR (dangerously...)]

Weapons, Drugs and Stolen Goods

It is extremely important to note that every firearm in the city is completely illegal, which means you should be arresting anyone with a visible firearm.

Viewing a smaller firearm or melee weapon on someone’s hip whilst they are wearing an overcoat or jacket should be ignored, as this can be classed as metagaming, because you could easily hide it in a pocket or under a coat. This, however, does not apply to t-shirts, tank tops, oversized sweatshirts etc.

Any larger firearms such as a shotgun or rifles are completely visible to you under any circumstances.

Traffic Stops

If you see a crime be committed within a vehicle, you should start a traffic stop. You should use your lights and sirens appropriately to signal to the driver to pull over to the side of the road (where safe). You should leave your lights on during this, this will help other officers identify that you're engaged in a traffic stop, and ensure other road users are aware of your presence, allowing them to keep their distance for your safety.

You should keep other officers updated on the start, and findings via your radio following the Radio Traffic guidance.

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.

Radio Usage Conduct

A push to talk must be setup when using the radio channels this can be easily done within TeamSpeak, simple go to Tools, Options, Capture, Choose the “Push to talk” option and chose a suitable key.

All officers must be in RC (Radio Channels) on TeamSpeak and must have their correct name and callsign identifier if given one in their name e.g. (Dixon | PT-34) with whispers set up according to their patrol.

Radio is a RTO (Radio Traffic Only) channel, this means that only radio chatter relating to an incident, crime or relaying an officers location and current duty is acceptable.

When communicating a call/response to a call you must always communicate as much information to the other officers as possible. For example (Isaac Martin, currently in a traffic stop on Strawberry Avenue on a black 4 door Mercedes Benz C63, 2 Occupants, Approaching suspect now stay advised). Following that template - if possible- will always communicate as much information as needed to the other officers enabling you to use the radio effectively.

Try to avoid interrupting callouts or transmission unless there is a severe situation ongoing, for example if an officer is calling out his location for a traffic stop and 4 armed men run into the bank, the officer who sees this action committed will say “Break break break, multiple heavily armed men have just entered the bank all units be advised 4 heavily armed men have just breached the bank all units please divert accordingly”.

At some points the phrase 'Clear Comms' may be broadcasted across the radio. When you hear this you must stop any broadcasts until further notice and you must only broadcast if it's directly related to an on-going incident and the information must be given out across the radio to protect life or prevent serious crime.

Driving Conduct

As an officer you will spend a lot of time within your patrol vehicle, because of this you must always abide by civilian standard driving laws and regulations.

You must never attempt to drive into oncoming traffic especially during a pursuit, however overtaking when responding to a call is acceptable so long as its is justified depending on the call and the oncoming lane is clear or warrants you enough time to speed up and overtake the vehicle in front. You must ensure during a pursuit, if you're not an Advanced Driving Ticket holder you must stay at the back of the pursuit and you must not perform any form of TPAC.

Motor Vehicle Collisions (or MVC’s) are a common occurrence in areas such as London. If you find yourself in one do not attempt to drive away from it, call for backup to pick you up and call a tow truck to collect the damaged car. This includes but is not limited to pursuits, responding to a call and regular standard patrol.

If a MVC does occur and a civilian wishes to press charges by asking for insurance, license plate etc. please then tell them to make a formal written report to an FTO or high command so the issue can be dealt with accordingly, you are required to give all civilians your (unless you are on as an active SCO-19 Officer which you will refer to your AFO tag only): NAME, BADGE NUMBER (callsign), DEPARTMENT (Met PD) and your active unit.

Finally make sure all stop, seizures and searches that are done road side are done legally, within reasonable grounds and are done safely from oncoming vehicles otherwise the suspect could make a reasonable case for neglectful behaviour of a Constable during his duties.

/panic

Situations within CMG can turn very quickly, that's why the radios our officers carry are equipped with an emergency panic button. This can be activated within CMG by entering /panic within the text box.

Once pressed, all on-duty officers will be alerted to your location which will be broadcasted to their in car satellite navigation systems and will automatically them to your location for the next 90 seconds.

It is imperative to give some details of what is happening around you when pressing /panic. If you manage to press this before your communications devices are taken then you can give up to 5 seconds of information.

House Raids

The situation may arise where a joint operation is brought together following the detainment and arrest of a known criminal where officers believe their property including vehicles and houses may be linked with crime, criminal activity or an investigation. Once certain parameters are met, higher command or CMG founders may authorise a house warrant giving the Police Department the power to gain entry and seize and property of the suspect.

This house raid once authorised will be conducted by SCO19 and the TSG, however other officers may be asked to help with containment and securing the scene; control traffic and pedestrian access and transportation.