Special Teams – Bomb Squad, & Tactical
The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Special Teams includes the Bomb Squad, and Tactical Teams.
The Bomb Squad is accredited by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and is a highly trained team which responds to explosives related incidents throughout Oklahoma County. The team is made up of full time, and reserve deputies. The squad has two certified hazardous devices technicians. Members of the team have received training in:
- Arson investigations
- Post blast investigations
- Weapons of mass destruction (WMD)
- Hazardous materials (HAZMAT)
- Underwater explosive recovery
The Bomb Squad also has two canines that are trained to “sniff” out explosive devices. The Oklahoma County Bomb Squad responds to an average of 50 emergency calls per year.
The Oklahoma Multi-Jurisdictional Tactical Unit is comprised of 35 Deputies and Officers from the OCSO as well as Moore, Bethany, OU Health Science Center, and the Village Police Departments. This unit is trained to respond to high risk critical incidents including:
- Barricaded criminals
- Armed subjects
- Suicidal subjects threatening others
- Hostage situations
- Active shooter incidents
- High risk dignitary protection details
The Tactical Unit is staffed wit:
- Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technicians
- Medical Support Personnel
- Technical Support Personnel
The unit is well equipped with a wide variety of tools and equipment that when used by skilled personnel drastically reduce the likelihood of a deadly encounter while dealing with a criminal or person in the throes of a mental health episode.