This is an open letter intended for viewing by the Governor @FIoatmanjason, and Lt Governor @Stamose, to ask them the following questions:
- How did the executive branch permit the Firestone State Patrol to reach this low level of employment and ability
- How does the executive branch plan to resolve the current situation regarding the internal administration of the Firestone State Patrol, in reference to the discrepancy presented by Bronze command now consisting of 75% Corporals
- How did the past administration make the active decision to nominate Ftlicious to the position of FSP Colonel
As of the day of writing the Firestone State Patrol has 49 Members (Excluding Fed, and 3 Development staff under the rank “Firestone Developer”), with the Stapleton County Sheriff’s Office containing 137 members (Excluding 15 Probationary Deputies, 3 Firestone Developers and Fed).
On the 12th of August 2021, Chill_Bunniez created a graph of trend of employment in the two major LEO Departments, namely the Firestone State Patrol and Stapleton County Sheriff’s Office.
This graph demonstrates the downward trend of employment figures in FSP over the period of May to August 12th. During the period between May 31st to June 6th FSP hosted applications to hire 9-16 new troopers, of Intake 10 they only accepted 9 members. This is the bare minimum they set out. This accounts for the minor hump between June 13th and June 27th on the graph.
It took the Colonel of FSP 4 months to open applications again, this opened on the 13th of September and ended on the 24th of September. Of Intake 11 no results are known of yet, they have until October 1st to release these results per the 7 day policy. As it currently stands, at time of writing, 11 have passed Stage II checks. The Spreadsheet also notes that 22 are pending Stage II checks, with 2 on hold, 1 for 2FA and another for an expungement trial.
I begin this open letter with raw data, unimpeded from personal view or bias, merely simple facts. This is where I want to make it clear that my personal views will come into play to form the rest of this letter.
It has been well noted by the community that Fed wants all departments at 100+ members for V3 release, and with its release within the next 3-4 months (pending scripting and refining). At the time of Code_Law being Colonel, before his dismissal under the NinWin1 administration, the Firestone State Patrol had amassed close to 130-140 members. This number exceeded Feds requirements, and set the foundation for FSP to continue to grow and match the numbers now seen of SCSO. It should be stated that at the time FSP had 130-140 members, SCSO was hovering close to 70-80 members as their baseline but would continue to grow their numbers further.
It is therefore fair to say that between the confirmation of Colonel Ftlicious and the day of writing, FSP has drastically gone downhill. Not solely in regards to membership numbers but in regards to actual quality of employees. I will also make reference to the second graph made by Chill_Bunniez, over the same time period, using SCSO as the reference data set to compare to the National Guard, Department of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Investigation.
FNG, DHS, FBI Membership Numbers
For sake of clarity, as of time of writing the current member counts for FNG, DHS, and FBI are the following:
FNG - 143 (Subtracting Fed + 3 Developers)
FBI - 24 (Subtracting 4 Candidates + Fed + 2 Developers)
DHS - 66 (Subtracting Fed + 3 Developers)
Over the same time period, where FSP is seen to be in a steady decline, SCSO remains growing with slight fluctuation, as does the National Guard. This is in contrast to DHS and FBI beginning and ending the measuring period with roughly the same number of employees; It should also be noted that DHS and FBI are inherently low employee departments, their departments are built to be difficult to get into and rarely see major turnover rates. This is important to note as FSP is a beginner department, one built to help individuals get a footing into LEO work in FS, while also allowing for more expansive experiences with knowledge gained down the line. (But I will also note, per Fed’s requirements for 100 employees in all departments come V3, DHS and FBI will need to accrue many more employees to meet that)
This particular graph also demonstrates a strange connection between DHS and FSP membership numbers, by the end of the measuring period the numbers are close to perfectly matched. Comparing those statistics as of writing, DHS has 66 compare to FSP’s 49, these two numbers are seemingly the inverse of where these departments should be. However, it should be known that this statistic does make sense, if we look into the nature of Ftlicious’ previous employment and his letter to NinWin1, we can actively see him praise the work done by Colorful as DHS secretary and his desire to implement DHS practice into FSP.
A very obvious example of good leadership is Secretary colorful_parrots and the Department of Homeland Security. Secretary colorful_parrots has done an excellent job of laying out the standards of the department and ensuring that the Administration enforces those standards upon the rest of
the department. Because of his leadership and decision making, the department has very minimal conduct issues and the public has confidence in its officers and leaders. -Ftlicious
I firmly believe that the level of success that the Department of Homeland Security has had can
be emulated in the State Patrol. I have been fortunate enough to have served in several notable command positions within the state to understand how standards should look like and how to uphold those standards. If I were in charge of the State Patrol, I would reinforce values such as professionalism, maturity, respect, leadership, and competence onto members of the department.
He firmly believed in the success of DHS, and that it could be emulated by him with FSP. While a noble thing to say in what is an application for a job, it’s not what should be said for this particular job. FSP is not and has never been what DHS is, nor should the two ever be compared; apart from being LEO agencies, neither share the same purpose. By attempting to emulate Colorful’s success, Ftlicious has crippled any chance of growth in FSP, with cropping out hundreds of applicants who could be taught and shaped into great LEOs and more importantly, better members of the community, under FSP. This simply should outrage many new POST applicants, and even older LEOs in the community, it simply isn’t want FSP is meant to be.
You may then ask, what is FSP meant to be, simple: “a beginner department, one built to help individuals get a footing into LEO work in FS, while also allowing for more expansive experiences with knowledge gained down the line.” This isn’t just a sentiment held by myself but by many in the community, FSP is not meant to have the same secluded and confined mentality of DHS with privacy being the major concern, but rather building mateship and refining roleplay and knowledge in new and old members. A stepping stone into the realm of LEO work in FS.
To reiterate, FSP was placed under new leadership to “fix” the department and to “improve standards”, this has only resulted in a decline of members and a decrease in those desiring to join or be apart of the department. Even members within FSP have stated displeasure in the conditions. I do not understand how one can say this outcome has done anything to fix FSP, because in the same time span, SCSO has retained Sheriff JamesDeeks and seen incredible success. SCSO:SWAT and regular Sheriff Deputies have completely turned around their image and have been quite brilliant in their work in county and in Discord, demonstrating what FSP truly needed.
I ask then of both Governor Floatmanjason and Lt Governor Stamose to actively review the work conducted by FSP and to properly address their current state. For members just recently re-elected to office take this newly earned time to fix the mistakes of past administrations.
For anyone else who managed to read this far, god bless, and have a wonderful rest of your day.