One of several special teams available to the Sheriff is the Bomb Squad. In 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Bomb Squad Commanders’ Advisory Board recognized our team as an Accredited Bomb Squad. In order to achieve this status, each member must attend and complete the F.B.I.’s Hazardous Devices Course located in Huntsville, Alabama. In addition to the training, this office must maintain specialized pieces of equipment utilized by the squad to fulfill their function.
The Hazardous Materials team was created in 1994 to enhance the response capabilities of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office when responding to incidents involving hazardous materials. Hazardous materials incidents commonly involve criminal negligence and/or specific criminal intent. For this reason the sheriff’s office maintains the ability and personnel qualified to mitigate the effects of the incident, investigate, and prepare for possible prosecution.
The K-9 Unit was established in 1989 with three K-9s assigned to the Patrol Division. The goal from that day forward was to have dual purpose K-9s trained in either narcotic and explosives detection and all of our K-9s are trained in patrol related functions. With the events of September 11, 2001 and the continuing effort to provide a stronger sense of security to the citizens of Douglas County, the Sheriff’s Office received funds to purchase three additional dual purpose dogs.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons And Tactics Team is a multi-agency tactical team which is not only made up of deputies from the Sheriff’s Office but also from Parker and Lone Tree Police Departments. The team was established in 1984 to meet the special policing issues of our rapidly growing community.