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:''For other law enforcement agencies in HD universe'', please see [[Law Enforcement Agencies in HD Universe]].
 
:''For other law enforcement agencies in HD universe'', please see [[Law Enforcement Agencies in HD Universe]].
   
[[File:3374_gta_iv_artwork_police.jpg|thumb|140px|Police in GTA IV]]
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[[File:3374 gta iv artwork police.jpg|thumb|140px|Police in GTA IV]]
The '''police''' (also referred to as ''cops'', ''pigs'', ''popo'', ''babylon'' by Rastafarians, C.R.A.S.H., cherry tops, Five-O, one time or ''heat'') are uniformed officers responsible for enforcing the law. They ensure public and social order, through the legitimized and restricted use of force. The Police are present in all [[Grand Theft Auto]] games.
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The '''police''' (also referred to as '''cops''' (most common), '''pigs''', '''popo''' by Hispanics, '''babylon''' by Jamaicans, '''C.R.A.S.H.''', '''cherry tops''', '''Five-O''', '''one time''', '''flatfeet''', or '''heat''') are uniformed officers responsible for enforcing the law. They ensure public and social order, through the legitimized and restricted use of force. The Police are present in all [[Grand Theft Auto]] games.
   
 
The main role of the Police in-game is to make crime difficult for the player - and to provide a brooding reliable enemy and a challenge both in and out of missions. They also make the game more realistic. This theme is present throughout the entire series, although the exact details vary between games.
 
The main role of the Police in-game is to make crime difficult for the player - and to provide a brooding reliable enemy and a challenge both in and out of missions. They also make the game more realistic. This theme is present throughout the entire series, although the exact details vary between games.
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The Police works upon a [[Wanted Level]] system against the player. If the player is noticed performing a crime, he may gain a Wanted Star (increasing his wanted level). More serious crimes will grant a higher wanted level. Police responses vary depending on the wanted level, ranging from foot chases to calling in the helicopter, the [[Federal Bureau of Investigation|FBI]] or even the [[Military|Army]].
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The Police works upon a [[Wanted Level]] system against the player. If the player is noticed performing a crime, he may gain a Wanted Star (increasing his wanted level). More serious crimes will grant a higher wanted level. Police responses vary depending on the wanted level, ranging from foot chases to calling in the helicopter, the [[Federal Bureau of Investigation|FBI]] ([[FIB]] in the [[HD Universe]]) or even the [[Military|armed forces]] ([[NOOSE]] in [[HD Universe]])
   
Relevant offenses include crashing into a police car, shooting pedestrians, having sex with [[prostitutes]] in GTA San Andreas, stealing vehicles, entering prohibited areas or occasionally unavoidable participation in certain missions (ex. bank heists). The police will not arrest you for trespassing on private property, traffic offenses (ex. speeding, running red lights-In [[GTA V]] you will [http://www.original-gamer.com/article/3555-Rumor-Massive-amount-of-GTA-V-info-leaked get arrested for traffic offenses]), carrying weapons in public, damaging property, impersonation (ex. wearing police uniform). See a comprehensive list of arrestable offenses below.
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Relevant offenses include crashing into a police car, shooting pedestrians, having sex with [[prostitutes]] in GTA San Andreas, stealing vehicles, entering prohibited areas or occasionally unavoidable participation in certain missions (ex. bank heists). The police will not arrest you for trespassing on private property, traffic offenses (ex. speeding, running red lights). See a comprehensive list of arrestable offenses below.
   
If the player gets [[Busted|arrested]] by the police (or "Busted"), the player will respawn at the nearest [[Police Station]], but lose some money and all of his weapons, except in GTA San andreas if [[Carl Johnson|CJ]] is dating [[Barbara Schternvart|Barbara]] as she is a cop. Higher levels of law enforcement are not concerned with arrest, but with killing the player. [[Wasted|Death]] is only temporary, and results in being returned to a nearby [[Hospitals|hospital]] with the loss of weapons and some money (No weapons are lost in GTA IV). In [[GTA: Vice City Stories]] the player can pay a $2000 bribe to get their weapons back from either the hospital or police station.
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If the player gets [[Busted|arrested]] by the police (or "Busted"), the player will respawn at the nearest [[Police Station]], but lose some money and all of his weapons, except in GTA San Andreas if [[Carl Johnson|CJ]] is dating [[Barbara Schternvart|Barbara]] as she is a cop. Higher levels of law enforcement are not concerned with arrest, but with killing the player, although will attempt vehicular arrest If the opportunity arises. [[Wasted|Death]] is only temporary, and results in being returned to a nearby [[Hospitals|hospital]] with the loss of weapons and some money (No weapons are lost in GTA IV). In [[GTA: Vice City Stories]] the player can pay a $2000 bribe to get their weapons back from either the hospital or police station.
   
 
Wanted levels can be reduced by the use of a [[Pay 'n' Spray]]. In GTA III, there may be rare occasions when police cars try to block the player's entrance to the Pay 'n' Spray, especially with higher Wanted levels. The [[Wanted Level in GTA IV]] system allows the player to evade a wanted level by escaping from a certain radius, based on the last place they were spotted. The higher the wanted level, the larger the area.
 
Wanted levels can be reduced by the use of a [[Pay 'n' Spray]]. In GTA III, there may be rare occasions when police cars try to block the player's entrance to the Pay 'n' Spray, especially with higher Wanted levels. The [[Wanted Level in GTA IV]] system allows the player to evade a wanted level by escaping from a certain radius, based on the last place they were spotted. The higher the wanted level, the larger the area.
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The Police AI is more advanced in Vice City Stories, rendering them more tenacious in pursuing the player, even at a one-star wanted level. It is nearly impossible to carjack a police vehicle with cops inside without being instantly busted, and cops will also more aggressively climb on board vehicles and otherwise pursue Victor, making getting busted more likely.
 
The Police AI is more advanced in Vice City Stories, rendering them more tenacious in pursuing the player, even at a one-star wanted level. It is nearly impossible to carjack a police vehicle with cops inside without being instantly busted, and cops will also more aggressively climb on board vehicles and otherwise pursue Victor, making getting busted more likely.
   
In GTA IV, whenever NPCs are arrested and escorted to the Police Vehicle, the Police Officer will usually drive the NPC criminal around the road without even making effort to transport them to the Police Station and usually after a few spins around the road, the criminal will eventually get off without even being treated as resisting arrest.
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In GTA IV, whenever NPCs are arrested and escorted to the Police Vehicle, the Police Officer will usually drive the NPC criminal around the road without even making effort to transport them to the Police Station. The criminal will eventually get off If something interrupts the arrest, without even being treated as resisting arrest, probably because the Police (like Paramedics) weren't programmed to drive a NPC criminal to a station. NPCs arrested by hand however, are treated as resisting arrest, If the criminal is aggressive or escape, the Police will try to stop or kill them.
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In GTA V, police officers now act aggressively towards NPCs, engaging in car chases and gunfights against pursuers. Like GTA San Andreas, choppers can be found flying around South Los Santos looking for crime. They can also be found in the skies during a pursuit, whether be an NPC or a protagonist. Unlike in GTA IV, the cops do not arrest NPCs and instead shoot on sight, whenever they are armed or not. This could be because the game may lack of "Busted" mechanic to NPCs. NPCs also react to cops unlike other games, such as prostitutes will not get into a player's car near cops, or if a police vehicle, driven by an NPC or player goes past them, they will flee the area. Families gang members will shoot at cops if they are pursuing Franklin on a 1 or 2 star wanted level, or if an NPC gang member is chased by cops, their homies will shoot at the cops. Cops also tend to be shot at when patrolling a gang neighbourhood. Strangely, cop cars are only usually found near stations, they are rarely anywhere in the city.
   
 
==List of Police Departments==
 
==List of Police Departments==
   
 
'''[[Grand Theft Auto 1]]'''
 
'''[[Grand Theft Auto 1]]'''
*Liberty City Police Department
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*[[LCPD in 2D Universe|Liberty City Police Department]]
*San Andreas Police Department
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*[[SAPD in 2D Universe|San Andreas Police Department]]
*Vice City Police Department
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*[[VCPD in 2D Universe|Vice City Police Department]]
   
 
'''[[Grand Theft Auto: London 1961]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: London 1969|1969]]'''
 
'''[[Grand Theft Auto: London 1961]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: London 1969|1969]]'''
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'''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]'''
 
'''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]'''
*[[LSPD in GTA III Era|Los Santos Police Department (LSPD)]]
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*[[Los Santos Police Department (3D Universe)|Los Santos Police Department (LSPD)]]
 
*[[San Fierro Police Department|San Fierro Police Department (SFPD)]]
 
*[[San Fierro Police Department|San Fierro Police Department (SFPD)]]
 
*[[Las Venturas Police Department|Las Venturas Police Department (LVPD)]]
 
*[[Las Venturas Police Department|Las Venturas Police Department (LVPD)]]
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'''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]'''
 
'''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]'''
 
*[[LCPD in GTA IV Era|Liberty City Police Department (LCPD)]]
 
*[[LCPD in GTA IV Era|Liberty City Police Department (LCPD)]]
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*[[Alderney State Police]]
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[[File:Trafficcop.jpg|thumb|Traffic Officer after the Jewelry heist]]
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'''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]'''
 
'''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]'''
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*[[North Yankton State Patrol]] (only seen in [[Prologue]])
 
*[[LSPD in GTA V Era|Los Santos Police Department (LSPD)]]
 
*[[LSPD in GTA V Era|Los Santos Police Department (LSPD)]]
*Blaine County Sheriff's Department (Possibly)
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*[http://gta.wikia.com/Los_Santos_County_Sheriff Los Santos County Sheriff]
*Los Santos Sheriff's Department (Possibly)
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*Los Santos Traffic/Parking enforcement (A traffic officer is seen in the jewel heist, but no more officers are spotted in the game)
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*[[San Andreas Highway Patrol]]
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*[[San Andreas Park Ranger]]
   
==Arrestable Offences==
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==Arrestable Offenses==
 
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* Beating a person with or without a melee weapon, even in self defense.
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* Beating a person with or without a melee weapon, even in self-defense.
 
* Throwing things at people.
 
* Throwing things at people.
 
* Aiming a weapon at an officer.
 
* Aiming a weapon at an officer.
* [[Carjacking|Grand Theft]] Auto-ing.
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* [[Carjacking|Grand Theft]] Auto.
 
* Running a pedestrian over with a vehicle.
 
* Running a pedestrian over with a vehicle.
 
* Running over a policeman (usually gives 2 stars if you ran over people before.)
 
* Running over a policeman (usually gives 2 stars if you ran over people before.)
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* [[Burglary Missions|Robbing houses]] (unless you don't get caught).
 
* [[Burglary Missions|Robbing houses]] (unless you don't get caught).
 
* Trespassing inside a police station. Only applicable in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]] and later versions.
 
* Trespassing inside a police station. Only applicable in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]] and later versions.
* Knocking off stores. ([[ GTA Vice City Stories]], even after passing all [[ Protection Racket |Protection Racket mission]])
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* Knocking off stores. ([[GTA Vice City Stories]], even after passing all [[Protection Racket|Protection Racket mission]])
 
* Being spotted driving a vehicle with the alarm going off.
 
* Being spotted driving a vehicle with the alarm going off.
 
* Bumping into an officer when he is holding an arrest. (Does not frequently give a wanted level.)
 
* Bumping into an officer when he is holding an arrest. (Does not frequently give a wanted level.)
 
* Breaking through the [[Tollbooths|tollbooth]] without paying. (GTA IV onwards.)
 
* Breaking through the [[Tollbooths|tollbooth]] without paying. (GTA IV onwards.)
 
* Spraying [[Tags|gang tags]].
 
* Spraying [[Tags|gang tags]].
* Entering a police station with a weapon. (Exept for Melee weapons.)
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* Entering a police station with a weapon. (Except for Melee weapons.)
 
* Entering or flying over a [[Restricted Areas|restricted area]], which could end up giving the player 4 stars wanted.
 
* Entering or flying over a [[Restricted Areas|restricted area]], which could end up giving the player 4 stars wanted.
* Entering parts of the map which aren't unlocked (applies to [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]] and [[Grand Theft Auto IV]]).
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* Entering parts of the map which aren't unlocked (applies to [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]] and [[Grand Theft Auto IV]])
 
* Exploding a propane tank, even if the player didn't do it. One example is whereby having someone else's car crashing into it. However, this bug has since been fixed in GTA IV).
 
* Exploding a propane tank, even if the player didn't do it. One example is whereby having someone else's car crashing into it. However, this bug has since been fixed in GTA IV).
 
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* Selling drugs - during the side mission [[Distribution]] in GTA Vice City you get 1 star per every four drugs sold; during [[Drug Dealing|drug dealing]] in [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars|GTA Chinatown Wars]], a 'bust' of 2 stars sometimes occurs.
 
* Selling drugs - during the side mission [[Distribution]] in GTA Vice City you get 1 star per every four drugs sold; during [[Drug Dealing|drug dealing]] in [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars|GTA Chinatown Wars]], a 'bust' of 2 stars sometimes occurs.
 
* Smuggling drugs - the player occasionally gets 4 wanted stars in the [[Smuggling]] mission in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]].
 
* Smuggling drugs - the player occasionally gets 4 wanted stars in the [[Smuggling]] mission in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]].
 
 
* Other missions - some of GTA's missions give the player 1~5 wanted levels: note the fact that the player cannot get a wanted level of 6 unless the player kills [[Federal Bureau of Investigation|FBI]] agents.
 
* Other missions - some of GTA's missions give the player 1~5 wanted levels: note the fact that the player cannot get a wanted level of 6 unless the player kills [[Federal Bureau of Investigation|FBI]] agents.
 
* If you complete a mission with a wanted level of 5 or 6 stars, you will retain one star if there are FBI or [[Army]] officers nearby (confirmed in GTA Vice City).
 
* If you complete a mission with a wanted level of 5 or 6 stars, you will retain one star if there are FBI or [[Army]] officers nearby (confirmed in GTA Vice City).
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* Destroying a Securicar with the use of weapons (appllies to Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V).
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* Climbing on top of an occupied police vehicle. ([[HD Universe]])
 
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==Online Multiplayer==
 
==Online Multiplayer==
 
[[Image:PoliceMaverick.jpg|right|thumb|200px|A [[Police Maverick]] from [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]]]
 
[[Image:PoliceMaverick.jpg|right|thumb|200px|A [[Police Maverick]] from [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]]]
In [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]], the Police in MultiPlayer Mode will not arrest the player, but will shoot at the player in an attempt to kill them, though they can still pull the player out of a car. At 4 stars the police send in an [[Annihilator]] with two NOOSE agents with assault rifles firing from the sides of the chopper. The police will arrive in cars containing two police officers. One will carry a [[Pistol]] while the other will (usually) carry a [[Pump Action Shotgun]], regardless of what guns are allowed in the online game. NOOSE agents arrive in NOOSE Enforcers only, as the [[NOOSE Cruiser]], the [[NOOSE Patriot]], and the [[FIB Buffalo]] only appear in Race and GTA Race multiplayer modes, albeit they are only used by the players. NOOSE agents are equipped mainly with Carbine Rifles and SMGs, but sometimes they have a Pump Shotgun and NOOSE agents will sometimes fall back to their pistol if they lose their weapon. The [[Federal Bureau of Investigation|FIB]] does not appear in multiplayer at all, and the Police Maverick also only appears in the Race and GTA Race modes. It is notable that Wanted Levels are usually cumulative if multiple players are riding in the same vehicle. When faced with multiple players with wanted levels, the police usually target the nearest player. The player can still use a [[Pay N Spray]] in multiplayer, though the same rules using them when police are nearby in single player apply to multiplayer as well. If the player is shot in a [[Deathmatch]], it will count as a death on purpose and will lose $100.
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In [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]], the Police in Multiplayer Mode will not arrest the player, but will shoot at the player in an attempt to kill them, though they can still pull the player out of a car. At 4 stars the police send in an [[Annihilator]] with two NOOSE agents with assault rifles firing from the sides of the chopper. The police will arrive in cars containing two police officers. One will carry a [[Pistol]] while the other will (usually) carry a [[Pump Action Shotgun]], regardless of what guns are allowed in the online game. NOOSE agents arrive in NOOSE Enforcers only, as the [[NOOSE Cruiser]], the [[NOOSE Patriot]], and the [[FIB Buffalo]] only appear in Race and GTA Race multiplayer modes, albeit they are only used by the players. NOOSE agents are equipped mainly with Carbine Rifles and SMGs, but sometimes they have a Pump Shotgun and NOOSE agents will sometimes fall back to their pistol if they lose their weapon. The [[Federal Bureau of Investigation|FIB]] does not appear in multiplayer at all, and the Police Maverick also only appears in the Race and GTA Race modes. It is notable that Wanted Levels are usually cumulative if multiple players are riding in the same vehicle. When faced with multiple players with wanted levels, the police usually target the nearest player. The player can still use a [[Pay N Spray]] in multiplayer, though the same rules using them when police are nearby in single player apply to multiplayer as well. If the player is shot in a [[Deathmatch]], it will count as a death on purpose and will lose $100. Police can be turned off online.
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In Grand Theft Auto Online, the police are a constant threat, and cannot be turned off, though they don't appear in some missions and game modes. At one star, officers in the area will be notified and will patrol the streets searching for you. At two stars, the officers will actively search for you, going off roads and around buildings, as well as gaining shotguns. At three stars, a Police Maverick will be sent after the player, making escape much harder and hiding in bushes almost impossible. At four stars, NOOSE officers are sent after the player, as well as more helicopters. Police presence begins to weaken, with NOOSE chasing the player instead. NOOSE officers will be armed with Pump Shotguns and Carbine Rifles. At five stars, police will be almost completely absent, with NOOSE aggresively hunting down the player.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* In [[GTA San Andreas]] female police voices will often be heard during wanted level scenarios, ordering [[Carl Johnson|Carl]] to surrender, etc., yet only male police officers ever actually appear on screen.
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'''In the [[3D Universe]]:'''
* In San Andreas, killing police officers guarding the impound garages won't get CJ a wanted level, probably because if he spares the officer, a 3 star wanted level would be given for going into the garages.
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* If you are fighting with a pedestrian when in sight of the Police, you will gain a one-star wanted level, and the pedestrian will run away.
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*Creating havoc continuously using [[Molotov Cocktail|Molotovs]] in public during free roam or a gang warfare sometimes grants an instant 3-star wanted level.
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'''In [[GTA San Andreas]]:'''
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* Female police voices will often be heard during wanted level scenarios, ordering [[Carl Johnson|Carl]] to surrender, etc., yet only male police officers ever actually appear on screen.
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* Killing police officers guarding the impound garages won't get CJ a wanted level, probably because if he spares the officer, a 3 star wanted level would be given for going into the garages.
 
* Even though you target a cop with your Fist or [[Brass Knuckles]], you will still get a [[Wanted Level]]. (It is because the Fist and Brass Knuckles are counted as a weapon)
 
* Even though you target a cop with your Fist or [[Brass Knuckles]], you will still get a [[Wanted Level]]. (It is because the Fist and Brass Knuckles are counted as a weapon)
* Rarely, in GTA San Andreas, cops may not notice you pointing a weapon or commiting a crime when their back is turned.
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* Rarely, cops may not notice you pointing a weapon or committing a crime when their back is turned.
* A Wasted cop that has been revived by a Paramedic can ''no longer'' arrest you by hand. But if you are bumped by a car during a chase, he ''may'' still arrest you in the process.
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* A possible glitch occurs in which Carl gets a wanted level if a police officer sees him getting on one of the bicycles or motorcycles associated with the courier side-missions, even though Carl presumably has been given permission to take those vehicles to make deliveries with.
* A possible glitch occurs in GTA San Andreas in which Carl gets a wanted level if a police officer sees him getting on one of the bicycles or motorcycles associated with the courier side-missions, even though Carl presumably has been given permission to take those vehicles to make deliveries with.
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* Certain pedestrians will instantly run away in sight of the police, like the one with glasses and a green jacket.
* In Vice City Stories, police officers are far more aggressive in pursuing you, even on a one-star wanted level. In particular, once a policeman opens the door to the player's vehicle and climbs on, it is nearly impossible to shake him off and being busted is inevitable.
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'''In [[Vice City Stories]]:'''
* In GTA IV, Police officers are much stronger. Even on a one star wanted level, Police Officers will try to arrest the player. If the player runs, the police will shoot with pistols, shotguns, and sometimes even [[M16|AR-15's]].
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* Police officers are far more aggressive in pursuing you, even on a one-star wanted level. In particular, once a policeman opens the door to the player's vehicle and climbs on, it is nearly impossible to shake him off and being busted is inevitable.
* In GTA IV, the Police may sometimes carjack other people's cars (e.g taxis and trucks) to chase you. But there is a glitch in where the car the cop is in seems to magically have a bull horn in which the Police Officer will shout at you to stop.
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'''In [[GTA IV]]:'''
* In GTA IV, shooting at one of the Police Officers at a bridge road block instantly earns you 6 stars.
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* Police officers are much stronger. Even on a one star wanted level, Police Officers will try to arrest the player. If the player runs, the police will shoot with pistols and sometimes shotguns.
* In GTA IV, if you blow up an Enforcer with an RPG or with a grenade while it is chasing you, the occupants might still survive, get out and start shooting at you.
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** The Police will shoot at you even if you are dead or arrested.
* In GTA IV, the Police can arrest or attack people attacking you.
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** The Police can arrest or attack people attacking you.
* In GTA IV, if you shot a driver of a pursuing Police Car, he will fall foward onto the horn. The horn will sound regardless to whether the car is wreaked or not. Same with other cars.
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** The Police will pull out their [[Pistol|pistols]] and shoot at an [[Ambulance]], if it drives recklessly and run over people.
* In GTA IV, the Police will shoot at you even if you are dead or arrested.
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** Police Officers will not arrest Firefighters who are attacking civilians or the player, but they will arrest the other party if they retaliate, probably because Firefighters are a part of the emergency department in the city, along with the Police, and Paramedics.
* In GTA IV, the Police seem to walk through fire and die where as people will run away from fire.
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** The cops will rarely try to arrest you If you throw a punch in front of them.
* In GTA IV, sometimes Police "steals" a car from a civilian. If the Police Officer steals a cab, and you lose them off your tail and find that cab with the Police Driver driving it and whistle it at you and get in, the cop will be a normal Taxi Driver and takes you where you want to go, he is just in Police Uniform. Although if you get a Wanted Level, he will try to arrest/kill you.
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* The Police may sometimes carjack other people's cars (e.g. taxis and trucks) to chase you. But there is a glitch in where the car the cop is in seems to magically have a bull horn in which the Police Officer will shout at you to stop.
* In GTA IV, sometimes when a police officer survives a fire he says; 'This shit never happens to firefighters'
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** Sometimes Police "steals" a car from a civilian. If the police officer steals a cab, and you lose them off your tail and find that cab with the police officer driving it and whistle it at you and get in, the cop will be a normal taxi driver and takes you where you want to go, he is just in a police uniform. Although if you get a Wanted Level, he will try to arrest/kill you.
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* Glitches:
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** If you blow up an Enforcer with an RPG or with a grenade while it is chasing you, the occupants might still survive, get out and start shooting at you.
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** If you shot a driver of a pursuing Police Car, he will fall forward onto the horn. The horn will sound regardless to whether the car is wrecked or not. Same with other cars.
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** The Police seem to walk through fire and die where as people will run away from fire.
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* Shooting at one of the Police Officers at a bridge road block instantly earns you 6 stars.
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* Sometimes when a police officer survives a fire he says; 'This shit never happens to firefighters'
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* If you call the Police by typing "911" in the in-game phone, and there is a Firefighter that already beat another pedestrian and had a fight with protagonist, [[Niko Bellic]], they will immediately start shooting at Bellic. They will shoot at Bellic, even If you don't have a wanted level.
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'''In [[Grand Theft Auto Online]]:'''
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* Driving a stolen vehicle while in a police officer's vicinity gives you one star. The player can avoid this by respraying their vehicle or buying one.
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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===GTA 2===
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ClaudeSpeed-GTA2-cop.PNG|Anywhere City cop
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SWAT - GTA 2.jpg|Anywhere City SWAT
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</gallery>
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===GTA 3===
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<gallery>
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Police Officers - GTA III.jpg|LCPD Police Officers
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SWAT Team (GTA3).jpg|LCPD SWAT Officers
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</gallery>
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===Vice City===
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<gallery>
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Police Officer - GTAVC.jpg|Vice City cop
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Vice Squad-GTAVC.jpg|Vice Squad
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SWAT Team-GTAVC.jpg|Vice City SWAT
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</gallery>
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===San Andreas===
 
===San Andreas===
 
<gallery>
 
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Las Venturas cop.jpg|Las Venturas cop
 
Las Venturas cop.jpg|Las Venturas cop
 
Countryside cop.jpg|Countryside cop
 
Countryside cop.jpg|Countryside cop
Desert cop.jpg|Desert cop
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Desert cop.jpg|Desert cop (from the game files)
 
HPV-1000 cop.jpg|HPV-1000 cop
 
HPV-1000 cop.jpg|HPV-1000 cop
 
SWAT cop.jpg|S.W.A.T. Agent
 
SWAT cop.jpg|S.W.A.T. Agent
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</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
==See Also==
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===GTA IV===
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<gallery>
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LCPD-GTA4-fitcops.jpg|Fit LCPD cops
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LCPD-GTA4-fatcops.jpg|Fat LCPD cops
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LCPD-GTA4-Alderneycops.jpg|[[Alderney State Police]] officers
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===GTA V===
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<gallery>
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Officer.png|A [[North Yankton State Patrol|NYSP]] officer in the [[Prologue]].
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PoliceOfficer-GTAV-FemaleBlonde.png|A female [[Los Santos County Sheriff|LSCS]] deputy in [[Sandy Shores]].
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MotorPolice-GTAV-OnBike.png|A [[San Andreas Highway Patrol|Highway Patrol]] officer on his [[Police Bike]].
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PoliceOfficer-GTAV-TwoCoffee.png|Two [[Los Santos Police Department (HD Universe)|LSPD]] police officers drinking [[Bean Machine]].
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SWATGTA5.jpg|A [[NOOSE]] Officer armed with a [[Carbine Rifle]] in GTA 5.
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bandicam 2014-10-31 21-51-40-153.jpg|A Military Officer in [[Fort Zancudo]].
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bandicam 2014-10-31 21-57-20-399.jpg|A [[Los Santos County Sheriff|LSCS]] cop.
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SecurityGuardAirport.jpg|Security Guard is on patrol near [[Los Santos International Airport]]
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==See also==
 
{{Wikipedia|Police}}
 
{{Wikipedia|Police}}
 
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PoliceCruiser-GTA4-front

An LCPD Police Cruiser on patrol in GTA IV.

For the car, see Police Car.
For other law enforcement agencies in HD universe, please see Law Enforcement Agencies in HD Universe.
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Police in GTA IV

The police (also referred to as cops (most common), pigs, popo by Hispanics, babylon by Jamaicans, C.R.A.S.H., cherry tops, Five-O, one time, flatfeet, or heat) are uniformed officers responsible for enforcing the law. They ensure public and social order, through the legitimized and restricted use of force. The Police are present in all Grand Theft Auto games.

The main role of the Police in-game is to make crime difficult for the player - and to provide a brooding reliable enemy and a challenge both in and out of missions. They also make the game more realistic. This theme is present throughout the entire series, although the exact details vary between games.

The Police, (and all other forms of law enforcement in the Grand Theft Auto series), have been portrayed as corrupt, lazy, reckless drivers, stupid, selfish, incompetent, and trigger-happy, although the levels of these vary greatly between each game.

Wanted LevelEdit

Main article: Wanted Level

The Police works upon a Wanted Level system against the player. If the player is noticed performing a crime, he may gain a Wanted Star (increasing his wanted level). More serious crimes will grant a higher wanted level. Police responses vary depending on the wanted level, ranging from foot chases to calling in the helicopter, the FBI (FIB in the HD Universe) or even the armed forces (NOOSE in HD Universe)

Relevant offenses include crashing into a police car, shooting pedestrians, having sex with prostitutes in GTA San Andreas, stealing vehicles, entering prohibited areas or occasionally unavoidable participation in certain missions (ex. bank heists). The police will not arrest you for trespassing on private property, traffic offenses (ex. speeding, running red lights). See a comprehensive list of arrestable offenses below.

If the player gets arrested by the police (or "Busted"), the player will respawn at the nearest Police Station, but lose some money and all of his weapons, except in GTA San Andreas if CJ is dating Barbara as she is a cop. Higher levels of law enforcement are not concerned with arrest, but with killing the player, although will attempt vehicular arrest If the opportunity arises. Death is only temporary, and results in being returned to a nearby hospital with the loss of weapons and some money (No weapons are lost in GTA IV). In GTA: Vice City Stories the player can pay a $2000 bribe to get their weapons back from either the hospital or police station.

Wanted levels can be reduced by the use of a Pay 'n' Spray. In GTA III, there may be rare occasions when police cars try to block the player's entrance to the Pay 'n' Spray, especially with higher Wanted levels. The Wanted Level in GTA IV system allows the player to evade a wanted level by escaping from a certain radius, based on the last place they were spotted. The higher the wanted level, the larger the area.

In the GTA III and GTA IV eras at 4-star wanted levels, heavily armed, highly trained police officers will come after the protagonist and try killing or sometimes arresting him. They all drive Enforcer trucks and are armed with weapons that will make short work of the player. Their Enforcers are fast and can smash up a vehicle in a small amount of time. Their trucks also form roadblocks. In GTA III, they have Micro UZis, Uzis in Vice City, Liberty City Stories, and Vice City Stories, and Mac-11's in San Andreas. SWAT teams are a real threat to the player and come in 4 men per team. Also, in Vice City and Vice City Stories, undercover "Vice Squad" officers armed with Uzis in Cheetahs will chase the player at 3 stars and above. Their cars are fast, and they come two per unit.

The Police AI is more advanced in Vice City Stories, rendering them more tenacious in pursuing the player, even at a one-star wanted level. It is nearly impossible to carjack a police vehicle with cops inside without being instantly busted, and cops will also more aggressively climb on board vehicles and otherwise pursue Victor, making getting busted more likely.

In GTA IV, whenever NPCs are arrested and escorted to the Police Vehicle, the Police Officer will usually drive the NPC criminal around the road without even making effort to transport them to the Police Station. The criminal will eventually get off If something interrupts the arrest, without even being treated as resisting arrest, probably because the Police (like Paramedics) weren't programmed to drive a NPC criminal to a station. NPCs arrested by hand however, are treated as resisting arrest, If the criminal is aggressive or escape, the Police will try to stop or kill them.

In GTA V, police officers now act aggressively towards NPCs, engaging in car chases and gunfights against pursuers. Like GTA San Andreas, choppers can be found flying around South Los Santos looking for crime. They can also be found in the skies during a pursuit, whether be an NPC or a protagonist. Unlike in GTA IV, the cops do not arrest NPCs and instead shoot on sight, whenever they are armed or not. This could be because the game may lack of "Busted" mechanic to NPCs. NPCs also react to cops unlike other games, such as prostitutes will not get into a player's car near cops, or if a police vehicle, driven by an NPC or player goes past them, they will flee the area. Families gang members will shoot at cops if they are pursuing Franklin on a 1 or 2 star wanted level, or if an NPC gang member is chased by cops, their homies will shoot at the cops. Cops also tend to be shot at when patrolling a gang neighbourhood. Strangely, cop cars are only usually found near stations, they are rarely anywhere in the city.

List of Police DepartmentsEdit

Grand Theft Auto 1

Grand Theft Auto: London 1961 and 1969

  • London Police Department

Grand Theft Auto 2

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto Advance

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Trafficcop

Traffic Officer after the Jewelry heist

  Grand Theft Auto V

Arrestable OffensesEdit

  • Beating a person with or without a melee weapon, even in self-defense.
  • Throwing things at people.
  • Aiming a weapon at an officer.
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  • Running a pedestrian over with a vehicle.
  • Running over a policeman (usually gives 2 stars if you ran over people before.)
  • Shooting a firearm near an officer, even if nobody is hurt.
  • Using a chainsaw near an officer, even if nobody is hurt, with the exception in the game series of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Damaging a police vehicle. Pushing another vehicle into a police vehicle will neither award the player nor the NPC a wanted level, regardless of how hard the impact is.
  • Attempting to carjack a police car (with or without occupants).
  • Manslaughter.
  • Causing a petrol kiosk to explode.
  • Drive-bys.
  • Firing gunshots.
  • Robbing houses (unless you don't get caught).
  • Trespassing inside a police station. Only applicable in GTA Vice City and later versions.
  • Knocking off stores. (GTA Vice City Stories, even after passing all Protection Racket mission)
  • Being spotted driving a vehicle with the alarm going off.
  • Bumping into an officer when he is holding an arrest. (Does not frequently give a wanted level.)
  • Breaking through the tollbooth without paying. (GTA IV onwards.)
  • Spraying gang tags.
  • Entering a police station with a weapon. (Except for Melee weapons.)
  • Entering or flying over a restricted area, which could end up giving the player 4 stars wanted.
  • Entering parts of the map which aren't unlocked (applies to GTA San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV)
  • Exploding a propane tank, even if the player didn't do it. One example is whereby having someone else's car crashing into it. However, this bug has since been fixed in GTA IV).
  • Killing a shop owner - If Toni kills the owner of Phil Cassidy's Fully Cocked Gun Shop in GTA Liberty City Stories, the player gets a wanted level of 1. It also works in Ammu Nation too.
  • Selling drugs - during the side mission Distribution in GTA Vice City you get 1 star per every four drugs sold; during drug dealing in GTA Chinatown Wars, a 'bust' of 2 stars sometimes occurs.
  • Smuggling drugs - the player occasionally gets 4 wanted stars in the Smuggling mission in GTA Vice City Stories.
  • Other missions - some of GTA's missions give the player 1~5 wanted levels: note the fact that the player cannot get a wanted level of 6 unless the player kills FBI agents.
  • If you complete a mission with a wanted level of 5 or 6 stars, you will retain one star if there are FBI or Army officers nearby (confirmed in GTA Vice City).
  • Destroying a Securicar with the use of weapons (appllies to Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V).
  • Climbing on top of an occupied police vehicle. (HD Universe)

Online MultiplayerEdit

PoliceMaverick

A Police Maverick from GTA San Andreas

In GTA IV, the Police in Multiplayer Mode will not arrest the player, but will shoot at the player in an attempt to kill them, though they can still pull the player out of a car. At 4 stars the police send in an Annihilator with two NOOSE agents with assault rifles firing from the sides of the chopper. The police will arrive in cars containing two police officers. One will carry a Pistol while the other will (usually) carry a Pump Action Shotgun, regardless of what guns are allowed in the online game. NOOSE agents arrive in NOOSE Enforcers only, as the NOOSE Cruiser, the NOOSE Patriot, and the FIB Buffalo only appear in Race and GTA Race multiplayer modes, albeit they are only used by the players. NOOSE agents are equipped mainly with Carbine Rifles and SMGs, but sometimes they have a Pump Shotgun and NOOSE agents will sometimes fall back to their pistol if they lose their weapon. The FIB does not appear in multiplayer at all, and the Police Maverick also only appears in the Race and GTA Race modes. It is notable that Wanted Levels are usually cumulative if multiple players are riding in the same vehicle. When faced with multiple players with wanted levels, the police usually target the nearest player. The player can still use a Pay N Spray in multiplayer, though the same rules using them when police are nearby in single player apply to multiplayer as well. If the player is shot in a Deathmatch, it will count as a death on purpose and will lose $100. Police can be turned off online.

In Grand Theft Auto Online, the police are a constant threat, and cannot be turned off, though they don't appear in some missions and game modes. At one star, officers in the area will be notified and will patrol the streets searching for you. At two stars, the officers will actively search for you, going off roads and around buildings, as well as gaining shotguns. At three stars, a Police Maverick will be sent after the player, making escape much harder and hiding in bushes almost impossible. At four stars, NOOSE officers are sent after the player, as well as more helicopters. Police presence begins to weaken, with NOOSE chasing the player instead. NOOSE officers will be armed with Pump Shotguns and Carbine Rifles. At five stars, police will be almost completely absent, with NOOSE aggresively hunting down the player.

TriviaEdit

In the 3D Universe:

  • If you are fighting with a pedestrian when in sight of the Police, you will gain a one-star wanted level, and the pedestrian will run away.
  • Creating havoc continuously using Molotovs in public during free roam or a gang warfare sometimes grants an instant 3-star wanted level.

In GTA San Andreas:

  • Female police voices will often be heard during wanted level scenarios, ordering Carl to surrender, etc., yet only male police officers ever actually appear on screen.
  • Killing police officers guarding the impound garages won't get CJ a wanted level, probably because if he spares the officer, a 3 star wanted level would be given for going into the garages.
  • Even though you target a cop with your Fist or Brass Knuckles, you will still get a Wanted Level. (It is because the Fist and Brass Knuckles are counted as a weapon)
  • Rarely, cops may not notice you pointing a weapon or committing a crime when their back is turned.
  • A possible glitch occurs in which Carl gets a wanted level if a police officer sees him getting on one of the bicycles or motorcycles associated with the courier side-missions, even though Carl presumably has been given permission to take those vehicles to make deliveries with.
  • Certain pedestrians will instantly run away in sight of the police, like the one with glasses and a green jacket.

In Vice City Stories:

  • Police officers are far more aggressive in pursuing you, even on a one-star wanted level. In particular, once a policeman opens the door to the player's vehicle and climbs on, it is nearly impossible to shake him off and being busted is inevitable.

In GTA IV:

  • Police officers are much stronger. Even on a one star wanted level, Police Officers will try to arrest the player. If the player runs, the police will shoot with pistols and sometimes shotguns.
    • The Police will shoot at you even if you are dead or arrested.
    • The Police can arrest or attack people attacking you.
    • The Police will pull out their pistols and shoot at an Ambulance, if it drives recklessly and run over people.
    • Police Officers will not arrest Firefighters who are attacking civilians or the player, but they will arrest the other party if they retaliate, probably because Firefighters are a part of the emergency department in the city, along with the Police, and Paramedics.
    • The cops will rarely try to arrest you If you throw a punch in front of them.
  • The Police may sometimes carjack other people's cars (e.g. taxis and trucks) to chase you. But there is a glitch in where the car the cop is in seems to magically have a bull horn in which the Police Officer will shout at you to stop.
    • Sometimes Police "steals" a car from a civilian. If the police officer steals a cab, and you lose them off your tail and find that cab with the police officer driving it and whistle it at you and get in, the cop will be a normal taxi driver and takes you where you want to go, he is just in a police uniform. Although if you get a Wanted Level, he will try to arrest/kill you.
  • Glitches:
    • If you blow up an Enforcer with an RPG or with a grenade while it is chasing you, the occupants might still survive, get out and start shooting at you.
    • If you shot a driver of a pursuing Police Car, he will fall forward onto the horn. The horn will sound regardless to whether the car is wrecked or not. Same with other cars.
    • The Police seem to walk through fire and die where as people will run away from fire.
  • Shooting at one of the Police Officers at a bridge road block instantly earns you 6 stars.
  • Sometimes when a police officer survives a fire he says; 'This shit never happens to firefighters'
  • If you call the Police by typing "911" in the in-game phone, and there is a Firefighter that already beat another pedestrian and had a fight with protagonist, Niko Bellic, they will immediately start shooting at Bellic. They will shoot at Bellic, even If you don't have a wanted level.

In Grand Theft Auto Online:

  • Driving a stolen vehicle while in a police officer's vicinity gives you one star. The player can avoid this by respraying their vehicle or buying one.

GalleryEdit

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San AndreasEdit

GTA IVEdit

GTA VEdit

See alsoEdit

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