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The Professionals are a crime syndicate in Grand Theft Auto Online. It is managed by a mysterious person only known as The Boss.
The Professional members dress in formal suits, sports coats, collared fabric bomber jackets or collared leather bomber jackets with business attire. Some wear black leather gloves, adding even more to their look of stereotypical hitmen. Sometimes, they may be seen wearing facial masks coloring black, gray or white.
They are a professional group of criminals that deal in drug trafficking and arms smuggling. They operate all throughout San Andreas and are are in control of many different fronts, being in several missions where the player must take out waves of them. The Professionals always drive all-black or all-gray vehicles.
They appear to be a drug-distribution network, dealing with various gangs throughout San Andreas such as Ballas, The Lost and Los Santos Vagos. They also seem to be affiliated with the FIB too. They are also in control of many different fronts including the Mile High Club construction site.
The group of criminals also seem to be providing courier and bodyguard services for a variety of valuable employers, thus making them potential rival competitors for Merryweather. Professional Members also appear to be ex-U.S. Marines as Lester describes them as "ex-military units" (some Professionals members are spotted shouting military jargon such as "Semper Fi!"; motto of USMC). This makes them even more similar to Merryweather, as Merryweather operatives consist of former servicemen as well.
Members of the Professionals also dress in suits, sport coats, or leather jackets with business attire, and are multi-racial, with white black and Hispanic members. Some wear black leather gloves. Professionals always drive all-back vehicles, ranging from Sedans, like the Fugitives to Grangers. Professionals consist multi-racial members: Caucasians, blacks, and Hispanic members are seen in the game.
In spite of being enemies of the GTA Online Protagonist, they can be hired and become playable.
- The gang's name could be a reference to the 1966 film The Professionals, or to the British detective drama The Professionals from the 1970s and 1980s.
- The Professionals bear resemblance to Shadow Company from the movie Lethal Weapon; like the Professionals, they are ex-military operatives involved in the drug trade.