The Special Operations Team is comprised of Officers that have received advanced training in high-risk building entry, active shooter response, narcotic search warrants, fugitive apprehension and unknown risk entries.
The team also utilizes tools and weapons not commonly carried during routine patrol such as distraction devices, ballistic blankets, door breaching equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus.
Officer applying for the special operations team must meet the following conditions:
- Must have at least one year law enforcement experience and be on permanent status (not on probationary status).A candidate may go through the qualifications of the SOT prior to their one-year anniversary date; however, they cannot become a member until the one-year has elapsed.
- Must not have had any disciplinary action against them in the previous 12 month period
- Must submit his/her name to the team leader to be scheduled for the qualification exercises
Qualification exercises consist of the following:
- Officers must be able to complete the special operation’s team obstacle course within the required time limit
- Officer must be able to complete a distance run within the required time limit
- Officers must be able to qualify on the firing range from various distances and from various tactical positions (static course and tactical course)
- Officer must appear in front of the special operations board and answer questions, if applicable.
- Must receive favorable supervisor evaluation / record book screening