Crikey what a thread this has turned out to be.
For context on the RPU assets available.
BMW 3 Series
BMW M5 [Interceptor]
Of these vehicles, the Interceptor is only accessible to Interceptor officers, who are specially recruited and assessed on their ability to drive the fastest car we have available to us. As means of balance, 33% of all RPU officers can be an Interceptor. Currently that stands at 7 out of 21.
Since imports, I noticed a massive speed and acceleration deficit between police vehicles and sports cars and super cars with the occasional outlier.
The issue we faced was our fastest car going ~140 mph with the cars we were chasing going well over 180.
In response to this, the developers granted us the ability to use 2 M5's. On paper this sounds good, 2 of the fastest car? Brilliant!
However, this isn't how this works. Car that goes 140 + Car that goes 140 does not equal 280. We would still be at a deficit, and we are.
This on top of the numerous handling issues and physics of some of our cars, most notably the physic breaking BMW 3 series that has handling like its a go-kart and appears to have the gravity of Jupiter affect the front end. Then the M5 having the speed required to challenge a sports car but then has the grip of a deer on ice and the brakes of a scooter.
We simply cannot compete at a consistent level. There are numerous factors for this, and as a faction, we need to do better. Some of the solutions can be internal, but some need to be either adjustments or features.
I have already recommended and suggested changes to all RPU vehicles and requested new additions to the fleet of Response* Cars and when the time comes, help the developers to ensure they are good but balanced.
*Response being - Frontline Policing, Roads Policing, Recruitment & Development, and CID.
The changes I proposed were done at least 4 weeks ago and I have been told to be patient, as should other people.
To try and combat vehicles being used in crime and those that fail to stop there are multiple solutions:
Utilise preemptive tactics to immobilise the subject (Granted they don't wheelspin turn out of it)
Use stingers to disable the vehicle
Use the ANPR cameras to locate and stop the vehicle
Use NPAS to observe
Relay all information to CID of the vehicles involvement with evidence to have the vehicle seized.
Catch them (if you can)
These are ideal solutions and quite typically never come in to fruition purely on the performance of our fleet, but as I mentioned, suggestions have been made on my end as the Chief of Response, Police Command approved and it is now a case of time will tell if the development team implement the suggestions.
To try and assist with understanding our current situation, I conducted testing on the Roads Policing Vehicles on 05/04/21
The test was from a standing start at one end of the LS International Airport Runway and it was a drag sprint to the other side where I met the grass end.
What I was testing:
I used at the time, the Kia Stinger stock and fully upgraded as a comparison.
These were my findings:
I took into consideration that acceleration times ought to be looked at as an "estimate" on the basis I manually pressed the stopwatch when I achieved the desired speed and human error and my monkey brain would be a discrepancy compared to a proper computer.
My findings conclude that the regular officer, especially those who are not in Roads Policing, have next to no chance of pursuing and catching a subject in a vehicle like a sports car, super car or superbike that can go faster and corner better.
Our only chance of chasing on the ground is the M5, which albeit has a very good acceleration, cannot compete at a Top Speed where other cars benefit hugely from bumps in the road.
Big post I know my bad
Cheers @Warwickfor tagging us, would have missed this otherwise.
I am emphasising the numbers of RPU officers and am pushing for more.
On top of this, I have requested a base patrol vehicle for the Interceptor team to actively patrol in that would be better than the RPU cars but not as good as the M5. this would give us a constant chance but not guarantee of success.
But there's only so much I can do. I am at the will of Devs