Section 1 – Introduction to the Department

Los Santos County Sheriff’s Department
Standard Operating Procedures

Sheriff Michael McCarthy

Section 1 – Introduction to the Department

Our Mission

to enforce the law fairly and within constitutional authority;
to be proactive in our approach to crime prevention;
to enhance public trust through accountability;
to maintain a constitutionally sound and rehabilitative approach to incarceration;
to provide a safe and secure court system;
to maintain peace and order;
and to work in partnership with the communities we serve to ensure the highest possible quality of life.

Our Core Values


With integrity, compassion, and courage, we serve our communities– protecting life and property, being diligent and professional in our acts and deeds, holding ourselves and each other accountable for our actions at all times, while respecting the dignity and rights of all.

Earning the Public Trust Every Day!

Code of Conduct

All deputies are expected to hold themselves and each other to the highest standard at all times. All officers are expected to protect and serve the citizens of Los Santos County to the fullest extent of their training and knowledge.

Tied in with the Code of Conduct, all Deputies are expected to uphold the EdgeGamers Code of Conduct and specific server rules listed for the GTA server.


A deputy will use responsibly the discretion vested in his position and exercise it within the law. The principle of reasonableness will guide the officer’s determinations, and the deputy will consider all surrounding circumstances in determining whether any legal action shall be taken. Consistent and wise use of discretion, based on professional policing competence, will do much to preserve good relationships and retain the confidence of the public. There can be difficulty in choosing between conflicting courses of action. It is important to remember that a timely word of advice rather than arrest, which may be correct in appropriate circumstances can be more effective means of achieving the desired level.

Department Suggestions/Questions

Please follow your chain of command if you have a question or place the suggestion/question in the Dropbox on the forums. Going straight to a command staff member may be met with disciplinary action.

Probable Cause

Probable cause is a suspicion based upon actual facts and/or evidence of a person having committed a crime or is currently committing a crime. Probable cause is enough to search and arrest upon.

Reasonable Suspicion

Reasonable suspicion is the LEO using their knowledge and training to suspect a crime that may have happened, or may be in progress not based upon actual fact or evidence. Reasonable suspicion is not enough to arrest, search, or seize upon. Hard facts and evidence (probable cause) must prevail. Reasonable suspicion is enough for a LEO to stop and detain if the LEO feels a crime has, or is being committed.

Chain of Command

Chain of Command must be followed at all times, please take questions first to a Master Deputy, if they do not know the answer then they will direct you to the most appropriate person. While command and supervisors are always willing to help and take questions, it is best for all of us if you follow the chain of command.

Last Updated: 4/2/2017
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