The Honor/Color Guard attends memorial or funeral services to recognize fallen officers. At times, the participating deputies also perform in parades, opening ceremonies, and graduations. The team consists of two guards bearing rifles and three Color bearers.
Upon availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. through 1 p.m.
School Resource Officer (SRO)
School Resource Officers are currently assigned to the county's High School and Middle School. These uniformed deputies work closely with the school administration, helping to provide students with a positive learning environment.
The Sheriff's Office is an active participant in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, and has been offering the instruction since 1989. DARE is a collaboration between law enforcement and the local school system. During the 17 week course, deputies speak to students in the school classroom about the pressures to experiment with drugs. Students are given the knowledge that will help them recognize and resist these pressures. The DARE program also focuses on positive alternatives to violence and drug abuse.
The Sheriff's Office Bike Patrol Team consists of deputies who have volunteered for this specialized training. Bike Patrol provides a unique patrol resource, in that deputies are able to reach areas that are, otherwise, difficult. Being more accessible. Bike Patrol deputies are often able to meet citizens in a more personable atmosphere. Team members, generally, ride 10-15 miles per shift, and also conduct programs aimed at promoting bicycle safety, bicycle maintenance, and helmet use.
The Forensic Unit responds to all major crime scenes. Members of this unit have received specialized training in the identification of evidence, as well as the collection and preservation of such evidence. Physical or forensic evidence is submitted to the Division of Forensic Science for analysis. The Forensic Unit members are also skilled in the documentation of crime scenes, which includes the photography and sketching of scenes.
The Sheriff's Office Dive Team may be called upon to conduct underwater criminal investigations and search and recovery operations within the county or in other jurisdictions, when support is requested. Search and recovery operations are normally limited to law enforcement purposes (recovery of evidence, crime scene investigations, missing persons).
Special Response Team
The mission of the Special Response Team is to support the Sheriff's Office with a tactical response to critical incidents, examples of which may be barricaded persons, hostage situations, and high-risk warrant service. As is the case with any division of the Sheriff's Office, the successful and safe resolution of any incident is paramount. Team members train, continually, in the use of special weapons and tactics, so that they are well prepared for situations which cannot be effectively dealt with be regular patrol deputies.
Crisis Negotiation Team
The Crisis Negotiation Team responds to critical incidents which require the need for focused communication and negotiation. Team members are trained to respond effectively to situations involving hostages or barricaded/suicidal subjects. Team members undergo intense training which includes in-house exercises and attending regional and national courses and seminars. The CNT works closely with the Special Response Team to safely resolve critical incidents. The team uses specialized equipment including a mobile command vehicle and advanced communication equipment to perform their tasks.