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    Sam accidentally founded what came to be known as LCPDFR in mid-2009 when playing around with the new possibilities of GTA IV on PC. Since then, Sam has over the years pursued the transformation of his then little idea into the now massive community that LCPDFR and LSPDFR have become.
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  1. Sam

    Arrest Animation

    We had a similar animation to this in earlier versions of LSPDFR, but it didn't work as well as the one we use just now.
  2. I'm not aware of any mods that add peds with these uniforms to the game, but you'll be able to use these uniforms on your paramedics as part of our customization in LSPDFR 0.4.
  3. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application to join our team. We've now begun reaching out to people whose applications stood out and subsequently piqued our interest and hope to follow up with these people over the coming week. As I said above, we received many more applications than we had anticipated - a lot more than last time - so, while we'll still try to do so, are unlikely to be able to provide individual feedback to everyone that applied.
  4. We'll be closing the application forms to join the team on Monday. Far more applications than we anticipated were received, so it may take a little time to look through them all, but we hope to start contacting people by the end of next week.
  5. As Gio said, we are trying to exercise discretion here and don't want to have to get involved. All we ask is for civility.
  6. Come on, this is just more drama. It's not what anyone needs right now. If you must argue, all we ask is you spare the rest of the community from it.
  7. Just to clarify as I don't want to mislead, that was just an example of how much it would cost if we used AWS (which we don't as Cyan is a systems administration extraordinaire). Still, a website as big as ours doesn't come cheap. There's a lot of other things like software licensing and costs for mitigation when people hit us with denial of service attacks. It's not really something that we want to make a big deal about as we'd rather just get on with things, though.
  8. With all the talk about LSPDFR 0.4, it's been a little while since we've provided a general update on our community. Of course, LSPDFR 0.4 is our main priority at the moment and we'll have more to say about it shortly, but we thought it important to also address and announce a couple of things regarding our community. What our Community stands for Before anything else, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on who we are, as people that run this website, and as a community. LCPDFR was founded, back in 2009, simply because I thought it'd be a fun thing to do. To play as the police in GTA IV. It was an idea, ambitious for its time, and nothing more. I worked on LCPDFR because it was fun, I published it because I thought others might also enjoy it. LCPDFR has come a long way since then, it has evolved from one person's topic on a forum, to its own website, to its own forum, to its own community. We've spanned two games, our reach has grown massively, our community is approaching 300,000 registered members. The amount of work that goes into developing LSPDFR alone is staggering - the time that we've spent on it is measured not in days, weeks or months, but years. Likewise, the effort required to keep our website online is vastly underestimated - in the past month we've served around 30 terabytes of download traffic alone, and have done all of this despite persistent, targeted denial of service and hacking attacks against us. To put this in context, if you were to serve 30 terabytes of data through Amazon Web Services, it'd cost you $3,000 a month - and that's just one month of download traffic. Why do we do this? Because it's fun. We love developing our community, we love developing our mod, and we love that other people - complete strangers, from all over the world, from countries you've probably never heard of, from all walks of life... we love that they love LSPDFR. Our community has achieved incredible things: we've created an entire gaming phenomenon and we've developed things that nobody ever thought would be possible. Our members have done more than simply play games or make mods: we've fought hand-in-hand against corporate giants (and won), we've transformed peoples' entire lives by sparking new careers and we've been covered everywhere from massive YouTube channels to mainstream media publications. Heck, we've even triggered out of touch government ministers in Australia. That's not the whole story, though. Sometimes we are the story. Sometimes we make mistakes. We've had catastrophes, like the time where we had a hyped countdown on the website only to reveal a private testing version of LCPDFR that nobody could access. Our first ever livestream had to be rescued by Steve and Jeff after it started with Prophet driving a train around Los Santos and infamously stating "this is not the preview for LSPDFR 0.3" while our community manager could do nothing but watch helplessly after being accidentally disconnected. We've messed up releases, we've announced things too quickly, and sometimes we've not announced things at all. Yet, despite all of this. Nine years later, we're still here. We're still making mods, we're still developing this community, and we've stuck true to our principles the entire time: Our community is open to all. We treat members equally regardless of their status. Everything is completely free of charge, with no catches. Why? It's not about fame, it's not about money, it's not about status. It's about love. We love LCPDFR, we love LSPDFR, and we love our community. We don't think that modding should be hidden in private Discord servers. We don't think that modding should be something people pay for. We don't think that modding should be an ego boost. We just think that modding should be fun. It should be open, and it should be free. That's what we stand for, and that's what we do. How you can get involved Last year, we opened up applications to join our Community Team for the first time. This resulted in a couple of new faces joining our moderation team and upon reflection, we think it's a good change in approach from previously handpicking staff members ourselves. We've decided to open these applications again, and would invite anyone who is interested in volunteering some of their free time to moderating our community to apply by following the link below. Our volunteer Community Moderators are a vital part of everything that we do, and it wouldn't be possible to maintain the community without them. To find out more and to submit an application, please visit: http://lcpd.fr/staffapp
  9. Sam

    Leaving for a While

    I appreciate you taking the time to write up a lengthy post like this and I think it's healthy for people to be able to express and share their concerns. With that being said, it looks like some of your criticism is directed towards us as it relates to staff and development. I'd be happy to provide a response to this if that's what you're looking for. Otherwise, I can only hope that you'll understand it simply isn't possible for us to police every single thing that happens both on our website and especially on other communities and Discord servers. In fact, doing so would likely just make things worse as our judgement isn't going to be 100% all of the time, and it's important to keep things as open as possible. I feel like the points you raise about some people being rude, disrespectful and overly dramatic are perfectly valid, but I strongly believe that this isn't something which is specific to LSPDFR, and can be seen throughout the entirety of the GTA community (especially in multiplayer communities), and indeed throughout the rest of the internet too (especially given the rise of Discord). I understand if you feel like we should do more to counter this, perhaps through more aggressive moderation, but as I noted above I don't think this is the solution and I suppose you might also agree considering your concerns about the staff too. In any event, I don't want to hijack your topic, although I thought it important to convey those two points of my own. If this is something that you'd like to discuss further then my message box is always open, or if you'd rather keep things public I'd be happy to respond here as well. Otherwise, it's sad to see you go and I can only join the others who've posted here in wishing you the best and hoping that you'll come back one day.
  10. Sam

    Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh

    Perhaps with the current state of affairs it is necessary to have armed protection in these places, but isn't that just a really sad reflection of how things have become? Why is it possible for someone like this to perpetrate such a massacre? I can't think of any reason whatsoever why someone who is in such a state of mind should be allowed anywhere near a pistol, never mind an AR-15. It's just something that shouldn't happen. Honestly, if you keep focusing solely on increasing protection and increasing security, how far does this go? Is it going to get to a point where there are armed checkpoints on every major intersection? How can it be a partisan issue to stop lunatics from shooting at innocent people with rifles? And no, I hate to say it, but you're wrong. Making fun of a politician for being "orange" - i.e. them choosing to apply fake tan - is entirely different to being racist. You can choose whether or not to wear fake tan or whatever else. You don't exactly choose the colour of your skin, though.
  11. It was a fun and challenging project for sure. I don't think these have ever been posted before, and I just came across them again, so here's some pictures of the new Town Hall interior that we had been developing. It's nothing particularly special by today's standards, but I think it was pretty cool for 2012 - it's a shame we never got to use it! The mayor's office: Town Hall briefing room:
  12. Sam

    LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience

    The crime codes are based on the in-game audio - they can't be changed currently. I have provided a full list below so you can see what these are though:
  13. Sam

    LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience

    To play LSPDFR 0.4, all you will need is the RAGE Plugin Hook. If you use other scripts, these will need to be updated to work with LSPDFR 0.4. And no, you will still be able to use EUP (we recommend that you do for 0.4) and there's a lot of features in @Albo1125's mods which I'm sure you will still want to have if you currently use his mods. To be honest, probably not. It's something that we wanted to do, but we also need to actually stop adding things so that we can actually release it, so yeah... I'm not sure, we'll see what happens. If we did add a partner system, we wouldn't it to be basic. We would want a decent amount of control and interaction with your partner. It'd be a lot of work. I know right! Hernandez and Pulaski don't look too good though. It'd be interesting to see someone try to make better ones.
  14. Sam

    LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience

    No, this is usually caused by sirens.
  15. Sam

    LSPDFR 0.4 - Ambience

    I think Rockstar are pretty happy with the direction that they took the game in. I remember a conversation with @Requies where she explained to me that originally GTA Online was meant to be based around cops and gangs, which was the first time that I'd heard that. A couple of leaks and some leftovers in the game all but confirm this - it's obvious they decided to go a different direction with it instead and focus on races, expensive cars, etc. It was presumably a good decision, because they're making a lot of money from it. Who knows what the future will bring though. It's possible, but it won't be in LSPDFR as it requires custom character models to be used. LSPDFR is meant to always work with the original game. Cop Holster already does a good job at this stuff and is an optional thing that people can choose to have. They would probably be able to do it for the radio too. Frame rate issues generally aren't caused by LSPDFR itself, but by other mods. I think we fixed the backup u-turn issue as much as is possible, you can read more about pursuit changes here: https://www.lcpdfr.com/forums/topic/85236-lspdfr-04-pursuits-intervention/