Special Operations Division - Rochester Police Department

Special Operations Division

The Special Operations Division is temporarily commanded by Rochester Police Captain John Koonmen.  PRIDE - Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Excellence

Organizationally, the Special Operations Division comes under the Operations Bureau.   

The Special Operations Division consists of the:

Special Operation Section, 261 Child Street, Rochester, NY 14611, is commanded by Rochester Police Captain Raymond W. Dearcop.Dearcop The following Units come under this Section: 

Tactical Unit (TACT) is responsible for augmenting and assisting patrol operations in covert surveillance, saturation patrol and providing coordination and technical assistance for specialized crime details, such as robbery and burglary prevention and suspect apprehension.  TAC Unit officers also provide a uniformed Honor Guard presence for official dignitary and ceremonial details.  

Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) is a specially trained unit of officers, patrolling in vehicles or on motorcycle, responsible for reducing traffic-related accidents, injuries and fatalities. TEU officers specialize in NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law enforcement and are certified radar operators. TEU provides specialized City-wide alcohol enforcement to combat incidences of DWI, proactive traffic enforcement and neighborhood speed watch details. TEU analyzes City-wide motor vehicle accidents and enforcement initiatives and is responsible for addressing traffic-related complaints. TEU provides City accident and enforcement data to the Traffic Control Board. TEU officers provide escorts for dignitary details and provide valuable support during City parades, marathons and several other on-road events. The TEU sergeant also coordinates the School Crossing Guard Program.

Mounted Patrol Unit (MTD) provides specialized mounted horse patrol services in the City to augment regular patrol duties. Mounted Patrol Officers on horseback provide high visibility patrol for specialized details and are an integral part of City special event details and crowd control. Mounted Patrols can be seen riding throughout Downtown and City neighborhoods, leading parades, and at various City special events, including Fourth of July fireworks, Blue Cross Arena events, and the Lilac and Corn Hill Arts festivals. Mounted officers also provide support for ceremonial Honor Guard details.  

K-9 Unit provides canine services for building, narcotics, nitrate and explosive searches and assisting with visiting dignitary protection. K-9 dogs are German Shepherds and undergo intensive training with their handlers in compliance with New York State standards. K-9 dogs are patrol tracking dogs, with some cross-trained for nitrate and narcotics searches. 

Central Investigation Section (CIS) is responsible for conducting investigations and providing investigative support necessary for the effective operation of the RPD. CIS functions include:
Major Crimes Investigations investigate cases of homicide and incidents of suspicious or unexplained death, undetermined or incendiary fires, bank robberies and certain cases of missing persons and child abuse, including the sexual exploitation of children, and maintaining the Sex Offender Registry and files on known sex offenders. 
Investigative Support Services provides investigative support in license, firearms and economic crime investigations, administer polygraph and voice-stress analyzer examinations, and includes Police Evidence Technicians, Family and Victim Services, Victim Assistance and FACIT (Family Crisis Intervention Team).  

Special Investigation Section (SIS) is responsible for the suppression of organized crime, illegal narcotics trafficking and other vice-related activities. SIS is responsible for initiating special investigations, participating in multi-jurisdictional task forces and coordinating enforcement action including: Illegal narcotics trafficking, organized crime, illegal gambling, organized prostitution and pornography, illegal sale and distribution of liquor, tobacco and illegal firearms. SIS is further responsible for the investigation of any crime or series of crimes as directed by the Chief of Police.

Specialized Team Functions include:

Bomb Squad is a specially trained and equipped team responding to incidents involving explosive devices, bombs, explosive chemicals, military ordnance and bombings. Members are trained to respond to chemical, nuclear or biological terrorist threats and conduct post-blast investigations.

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team is a specially trained and equipped team responding to dangerous incidents involving barricaded armed subjects, high-risk warrant execution and suspect apprehension, hostage rescue protection of dignitaries and other highly-specialized assignments.

SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) Squad is a specially trained and equipped team responding to incidents involving underwater search and rescue, including drownings, and underwater evidence recovery within Rochester's waterways.

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a specially trained team dealing with emotionally disturbed persons in the Rochester community. Special situations include dealing with suicidal persons, psychiatric patients and persons exhibiting irrational behavior, homeless persons, various mental health issues, and other situations that deal specifically with the needs of the mental health community.

Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) is responsible for intervention in volatile situations that may involve hostages, threats of suicide, barricaded armed subjects and other incidents where their expertise in negotiations is deemed necessary.

Mobile Field Force (MFF) is a specially trained and equipped team providing a  rapid, organized and disciplined response to civil disorder, crowd control or other tactical situations.