- For information about how the LSPD pursue the player, see here.
|LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY|
LSPD in GTA III Era
LSPD police car, GTA San Andreas.
|Games:||GTA San Andreas|
|Type:||Law Enforcement Agency|
Grove Street Families
Los Santos Vagos
Varrios Los Aztecas
|Affiliations:||San Andreas Police Department, C.R.A.S.H., FBI, SWAT|
The Los Santos Police Department (LSPD) is a branch of the San Andreas Police Department servicing the city of Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The LSPD is the largest police force in the state.
Modeled after the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the LSPD are a prominent part of the storyline in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The department's headquarters sit adjacent to Los Santos City Hall in the Pershing Square neighbourhood of Los Santos, San Andreas. This is where the player re-spawns after being arrested anywhere within Los Santos city limits.
There is also another smaller "LSPD HQ", located in Dillimore, Red County; while unspecified by its signage to be within LSPD's jurisdiction, the game dubs the station as an "LSPD HQ" when the player enters the station. This may be because when the interior was used the name was as well. However, if the player is busted in Red County, the player respawns at the Pershing Square LSPD instead. This may indicate the LSPD in Red County is uncharged of all the small towns in the Red County.
The LSPD houses a branch known as C.R.A.S.H. (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums, based on a real-life anti-gang branch of the LAPD), of which officers Frank Tenpenny, Eddie Pulaski, and Jimmy Hernandez are members. Tenpenny and Pulaski also represent the main antagonistic element throughout the game's entire storyline, and use their authority as LSPD officers to achieve their sinister ends.
In the underground garage of the Los Santos Police Department headquarters, the player can witness police brutality in the form of one police officer repeatedly punching a random pedestrian model while a second officer taunts or cheers on. This set piece may be inspired by the real-life beating of Rodney King by the Los Angeles Police Department, which eventually triggered the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Often, when pedestrians bump into police cars on the highway, police will try to kill them. Sometimes, if it happens vice versa, the police will do the same actions and try to kill the ped.
- There is a hidden purple dildo in the shower in the LSPD HQ. This dildo can be used as a weapon.
- Enforcers bearing the LSPD initials are used throughout San Andreas. It is likely to be an error on the part of the game designer, as the vehicle is meant to serve as a region-neutral emergency vehicle like the Ambulance, Fire Truck, Predator and Police Maverick.