RPU Officer’s Handbook
1 | Introduction
Roads Policing Unit (RPU) is the specialist traffic unit of the Metropolitan Police Service. It’s main area of responsibility is to keep London’s roads as safe as possible, assisting local area police with any targeted traffic operations they are running.
RPU officers will spend the majority of their time patrolling motorways, A-roads and well known high risk roads. You will often be called in to assist local area units for things like Fail To Stop, Road Traffic Collision (RTC) including those which are serious, fatal or life changing.
The RPU fleet is a highly capable, high performance set of vehicles who can chase down even the fastest of criminals, but it’s not all about driving at high speeds all the time, sometimes there will be more covert education or focussing more on the commercial vehicles not adhering to the strict rules that apply to them.
2 | Rank Structure
The Metropolitan Police Service follows a comprehensive rank structure and all new recruits start as ‘Probationary Officers’. After meeting set mandatory criteria, Probationary Officers can apply to progress into the role of ‘Constable’, whereby they receive access to new vehicles and can specialise into any of the specialist police divisions.
All members of the Police Service agree to the hierarchy of the rank structure, and orders from higher ranks must be followed. Callsign numbers change based on the rank,
Commissioner - [CA-001] Jax794
Assistant Commissioner - [DT-001] JPryer123
RPU Commander - [TD-101] scotsgamer93
RPU Inspector - [TD-201]
RPU Sergeant - [TD-301]
RPU Constable - [FB401]
Probationary Constable [Applies to ERPT only]
3 | Divisional Information
RPU officer gain access to the following vehicles. Officer in any other departments will not have access to these vehicles.
RPU Officers will have access to multiple stations where they can claim their vehicles: The main MET RPU base is La Mesa. Our outposts where the Kent RPU vehicles are located are Sandy Shores and Paleto Bay stations.
La Mesa RPU HQ
4 | Essential Keybinds and Commands
Basic FivePD Commands are not covered within the scope of this document, but further information can be found at https://www.pure-fivepd.com/gettingstarted
Use of the in-game radio is absolutely essential for RPU officers, and indeed for any other officer or staff of the other services.
Using the radio is simple and all commands and actions are covered here: https://youtu.be/HgZNYsQcJCo
Emergency Lighting System (ELS)
To use the new lighting system please use the below key binds:
Turn on Blues - "Q"
Turn on Rear Reds - "L"
Turn on Matrix Board – “K” (only if the car is fitted with one)
Turn on/off Sirens – “G”
Change Siren – “1”-Wail – “2”-Yelp – “3”-Phaser – “4”-HiLo
Cycle Sirens - "R"
These commands are all changeable through the pause menu in key bindings if you wish to change them.
Press F4 to access scene manager (do not use the G menu one as you don't have the same ability to control traffic)
- You can place speed zones
- You can place props (which cannot be knocked over by vehicles)
- You can control individual lanes of traffic (done via nodes)
- You can control peds as well as vehicle movements
Changes to commands will be posted in the announcements channel, the ‘getting-started’ channel and the PURE website as and when new systems come into place.
5 | Fundamental Police Powers
Once sworn in, Police Officers are designated powers for use in policing and protecting the communities they serve. Your powers and their uses will be explained during your initial training but there are a few fundamental powers that you may find beneficial to know prior to starting with us.
Section 24 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE):
Arrest - To arrest a suspect they must have been placed under caution and have had both the grounds and necessity of the arrest clearly explained to them. An arrest should not be carried out unless you have reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence has been committed, is about to be committed or is currently being committed.
Caution - A person must be told the caution once they are arrested. The caution advises people of their rights while under arrest. The caution does not have to be recited verbatim, as long as the meaning of the caution is not lost. Best practice of course is to remember the caution exactly.
“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, can be given in evidence”.
Remember, just because you can arrest, this does not mean you have to arrest. Consider alternate methods of dealing with a situation, such as inviting the person to a voluntary interview at a police station on a later occasion, or by reporting them for summons.
Section 163 Road Traffic Act (RTA) 1988
Under Section 163 of the Road Traffic Act (RTA) 1988, a constable in uniform has the power to stop any vehicle that is being driven on the road. If required to stop, a person must do so, otherwise they will be guilty of an offence.