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Special Operations Division
 
Assistant Chief B. C. Harris
Commander of Special Operations

Captain S. J. Gassner
Assistant Commander of Special Operations

The mission of the Special Operations Division (SOD) is to support Uniform Division patrol operations as well as Criminal Investigations by developing special tactics and deploying specially trained personnel in unusual law enforcement situations and events.

The Special Operations Division is comprised of a number of highly proactive units. Officers working these units are speciallytrained in the following areas:
  • Tactical responses to critical incidents
  • Traffic enforcement planning and control
  • Large pre-planned demonstrations and events
  • Helicopter air support
  • Bomb disposal and investigation
  • Canine deployment
  • Accident reconstruction
  • Direct support to other Divisions in the apprehension of career criminals and violent offenders
 
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Aerial Support Unit
The Aerial Support Unit is responsible for emergency response calls to support Police Services or Criminal Investigation personnel on the ground when ground surveillance is hindered.

Aerial surveillance also assists with hazardous and emergency transportation of seriously injured persons from accident sites, crime scenes or major disasters.

Click here for more on Aerial Support.

 
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Traffic Specialist Unit
The Traffic Specialist Unit is responsible for follow-up investigation of all traffic related fatalities and all non-traffic fatalities resulting from other transportation accidents, follow-up investigation of all hit and run accidents, compiling, analyzing and reporting of accident statistics, to include annual review of traffic accident data as it compares to selective enforcement activities.
 
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SWAT Team / Strike Force
SWAT is a unit who uses specialized weapons and tactics to serve high-risk arrest warrants, perform hostage rescues and armed interventions.  They also negotiate with barricaded suspects and engage heavily armed criminals.
 
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Bomb Squad Unit
The Bomb Squad Unit responds to any bomb or hazardous material related incidents. This unit's primary focus is safety, incident stabilization, evidence collection and property conservation.

 

 
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S.T.A.R. Team Unit
The S.T.A.R. Team is specialized enforcement of Driving Under the Influence, Aggressive Driving, Speeding and Occupant Protection laws. The mission of the S.T.A.R. Team is to reduce fatalities, severity of injury and number of injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes.
 
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Strategic Traffic
Enforcement and Park Patrol
(STEPP)

The mission of the Strategic Traffic Enforcement and Park Patrol (STEPP) Unit is to provide traffic enforcement and a safe recreational experience for every law abiding park visitor throughout the county. The efficient and safe flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic is of great importance throughout DeKalb County therefore aggressive enforcement of state traffic laws is provided by this unit to promote a safer environment on DeKalb County's roads. This unit also patrols all County parks for the safety of our patrons, and the protection of the environment.
 
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Motor Unit
The mission of the DeKalb Police Motorcycle Unit is to provide traffic enforcement throughout the county. The efficent and safe flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic is of great importance throughout DeKalb County therefore aggressive enforcement of state traffic laws is provided by this unit to promote a safer environment on DeKalb County's roads.
 
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Warrant & Security
The mission of the DeKalb County Warrant and Security Unit is to achieve a reduction in the number of warrants that are outstanding in the Dekalb County Recorders Court by arresting the defendants or insuring defendants post a cash bond or pay the fine. This unit also provides special security for county government related events.
 
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Canine Unit (K-9)
The Canine Unit responds to and supports other units within the DeKalb County Police Department.  Support calls include tracking suspected felons, tracking missing persons, controlled substance detection, explosives detection, and article searches for evidence that has been discarded by suspects.  The K9 Unit consists of twelve handler/canine teams who maintain certification with the North American Police Working Dog Association.  In addition to supporting internal DeKalb Police units, the K9 unit also responds to support requests from other agencies within the Metro Atlanta area.
 
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