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 Commander’s Advisory Board recognized the Douglas County team as an Accredited Bomb Squad. In order to achieve and maintain 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 to be utilized by the squad to fulfill their function. An example of this equipment is the robot used for bomb retrieval and disposal, also known as the Andros F6A.
The Bomb Squad is the most active of the special teams here at the Sheriff’s Office. Each year the team responds to an average of 30 incidents involving explosives or suspected explosive devices. The team receives training on a regular basis and is very active with other Bomb Squads from the Denver metro area. Each Bomb Squad member maintains membership with the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators.Bomb Squad members are on call 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, and are able to respond immediately from their locations to any call-outs or incidents throughout the County.
The Bomb Squad also has members within their team that are specially trained as Explosive Breachers. These Explosive Breachers, which are tasked with assisting S.W.A.T. teams, are made up of highly trained Bomb Technicians who have attended specialized schools and training in order to be certified as Explosive Breachers. The goal of Explosive Breaching is to provide the S.W.A.T. team with a safe, high-speed, and dynamic form of breaching that will help to ensure a safe ending to a violent situation.
Explosive Breaching has really evolved over the years into a precise science. Dependent on the nature of the target to be breached, a small amount of explosives is used in a very precise manner to achieve the objective. The manner in which the Douglas County Bomb Squad utilizes Explosive Breaching is very safe; not only for the S.W.A.T. officers, but also for the occupants of the selected targets.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team has a very active and progressive Explosive Breaching Program. Speed, surprise, and disorientation of the occupants is greatly increased if the Bomb Squad utilizes an explosive breaching option, which overall, makes for a safer operation for those involved.
In addition to responding to calls for service involving explosives, the squad is available to assist the citizens and business owners of Douglas County by conducting classes that deal with bomb threats and explosive recognition.
If you find yourself in an area where a Bomb Squad, HazMat team, or S.W.A.T. team is deployed it is very important that you follow some simple rules:
- Do not try to drive or walk into the area
- Stay indoors, stay away from the windows, and lock your doors
- If you are told to evacuate, follow instructions and comply with the evacuation (Remember: If you are told to evacuate, it is for your safety)
It is a natural curiosity to try to watch what is going on, but if you can see the action, you are too close and you are in danger.