Alright this will almost definitely be way too long, but the basic idea of this post is me looking for ways to make the APD kinda more fun for both APD and Civs.
The Problem: There are tons of PO's that career cop everyday and don't feel any improvement or rewarded for working hard and committing a lot of time to the APD. In the current structure of the APD, not ranking above PO for a very long time makes sense. There's obviously a very finite amount of people that can become a corporal in each platoon (5-6) and there are still people who are worthy of getting Corporal that literally just can't because no one want's a server full of corporals. Also, the rank of Corporal carries a lot of weight among police and rebels alike, and overpopulating the Corporal rank would just dilute the value in that rank.
Civilians, also don't see a very large difference in forces, mostly just Deputies and Patrol Officers as well as the occasional Corporal+. Most of the bigger gangs aren't scared do federal events or large illegal runs, because they know they can outgun the standard Patrol Officer taser MX or Spar-16.
The Suggestion: Create sub branches for the APD. Sub branches could be literally anything. Anything from different gear, to different vehicles, and of course each sub branch would have different purposes. Each branch would still be lead by sub branch would still be lead by a Corporal, and each sub branch will have its own requirements. A certain number of hours on cop, maybe a certain field training, and a field test that has to be passed, etc. The point is that Patrol Officers that are obviously dedicated to the force, would have something to look towards besides Corporal rank. They would have something to work for and look towards, as well as making Civilian Vs. Cop life more dynamic and interesting.
Now I know, at this point in the post, whoever is reading this is gonna say something along the lines of: "It's too much work, the devs will never do it," "The APD will never implement this" "These branches have no use" "The admins won't do it" "You're retarded" "" " " So on and so forth.
I get it man, its definitely going to be a lot of work, and its gonna be very hard to figure out who's running each sub-branch, how each sub-branch will be regulated, how they fall into the chain of command, potential uniform changes, promotions, organization, maybe slight rule changes, all in all, this would be a very hefty project that would take, a very long time. But, if you're still reading this post, here are a couple of ideas that I've had for different divisions:
Altis Police Escort Division
This branch would be utilized by Workers Protection Civilians. As implied in the name, these cops escort workers doing legal runs and get large payments at the end of selling the goods to a trader.
Since this escort division will be in close quarters most of the time, APED would be issued high rate of fire with small caliber ammunition, like the car-95 5.8mm, car-95-1 5.8mm, TRG-21 5.56mm and a van.
Altis Police Designated Marksman Division
This branch could only be used in special circumstances. Federal Reserve, Blackwater, Jail Break, Pharmaceutical Escort, second wave red zone responses. Patrol Officers within the APDMD could trade in their standard MX or Spar after the special circumstance is called and respond as an APDMD unit. Designated Marksmen can be issued low capacity, high caliber marksman rifles: Rahim 7.62mm, CMR-76 6.5mm, MAYBE the Mk-14 7.62mm.
Altis Police Armored Car Division:
This branch could only be used in special circumstances. Federal Reserve, Blackwater, Jail Break, Pharmaceutical Escort, second wave red zone responses. Patrol Officers within the APACD could trade in their standard MX or Spar after the special circumstance is called and respond as a helping force for other Patrol Officers. Armored Car division can be issued several new tactical vehicles for example: a Hunter, Quilin, or Prowler.
Altis Police Small Explosives Division :
This branch could only be used in special circumstances. Federal Reserve, Blackwater, Jail Break, Pharmaceutical Escort, second wave red zone responses. Patrol Officers within the APSED could trade in their standard MX or Spar after the special circumstance is called and respond as a helping force for other Patrol Officers. Small Explosives Division can be issued a weapon with a grenade launcher that either throws stones or tases players on explosion. However since grenade launcher are very powerful, there would be no ammo in the rifle, the grenade launcher comes with. Officers in the Small Explosives Division will still be able to carry a pistol, and will work with other patrol officers to clear small buildings from greater distances.
All of the options I've listed above are obviously just some ideas that are bouncing around in my head. The point is that a greater variety in the APD, allows Civs and Rebels to play with and against the APD more dynamically. More options allow Patrol Officers to look forward to progressing in different branches instead of everyone just aiming for corporal.
Congratulations, you've made it to the end of my post!!!