Special Operations

 

Bloodhound

 

 

Other Activities of Special Operations

    • Assists with narcotics investigations by providing security during undercover operations, as well as the service of high risk search warrants
    • Assists with investigations by developing information about ongoing crimes, locating witnesses, conducting stakeouts and recovering evidence
    • Provide additional security to area businesses during the holiday season
    • Conducts crime suppression in known crime areas
    • Conducts local and out-of-state extraditions of wanted individuals
  • Canine explosive and firearms detection

 

Aiken Bloodhound Team

The Aiken Bloodhound Tracking Team is a joint operation staffed by 15 deputies and officers from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Aiken Department of Public Safety and North Augusta Department of Public Safety. Each Team consists of three members, a deputy and officer from each of the participating agencies.

The ABTT maintains six bloodhounds, which are used to search for wanted and missing individuals, as well as, make appearances at community events. Breeding occurs once a year. Some puppies then receive tracking training in preparation to join the team.

Once a Year, the ABTT offers a 40 hour accredited tracking school to interested law enforcement.

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Special Weapons and Tactics

SWAT

Special Weapons and Tactics – SWAT responds to high risk calls for service. Such calls typically include armed standoffs, hostage situations and the arrest of violent offenders.

 

Criminal Interdiction Unit

Three deputies and their canines are assigned to the Criminal Interdiction Unit, which patrols Interstate 20 and other major roads in Aiken County.

The unit’s mission is to stop the flow of drugs, seize proceeds from these illegal activities and arrest wanted individuals.

 

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