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Special Operations Section
The Special Operations Section is a support services section assigned to the Uniform Division and is made up of the following specialized units:
The Gwinnett County Police SWAT provides a highly trained and skilled tactical team as a resource for the county in handling critical incidents in order to reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, police officers, and suspects. Currently the Gwinnett County Police SWAT Team is a collateral team (part time) with most members being assigned to other full time duties within the Police Department when not on SWAT calls or in training.
The Hazardous Device Unit (HDU) is the bomb squad for the department. The unit responds to suspicious packages and explosive devices.
K-9 Unit has six police canine teams that provide support to the Uniform and Criminal Investigations Divisions. Their primary duties include tracking lost or missing persons, tracking wanted persons, finding evidence or lost property, conducting building searches, serving high risk warrants and locating illegal narcotics. In addition the unit also has a K-9 Team trained to detect explosive materials and provides support to the department's HDU (Hazardous Device) Unit.
The Motorcycle (Motors) Unit is responsible for the reduction of motor vehicle accidents through the concentrated enforcement of Georgia traffic laws. Other duties include providing additional police presence during special events, assisting with traffic control at serious incidents, providing executive protection to visiting dignitaries and providing support to the five police districts by investigating traffic complaints.
The Gwinnett County Police Department Honor Guard is the ceremonial unit of the Department. Through the use of specialized training, equipment, and distinctive uniforms, the Honor Guard is responsible for the planning, coordination, and conduct of ceremonial activities involving the Department, funerals for members of the Department, and other details/events where the presence of the Honor Guard would serve the best interests of the Department. Officers in the Chorale are tasked with singing The National Anthem at special events.
The Accident Investigation Unit is responsible for investigation of all hit and run, fatal, and life threatening injury motor vehicle accidents. The Unit maintains a telephone hotline that citizens may use to provide investigators with information about hit and run accidents while remaining anonymous if so desired.
The DUI Task Force is primarily responsible for preventing serious injury or fatal motor vehicle accidents by locating and apprehending drivers who choose to operate their motor vehicles while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs. The officers assigned to this unit also devote a considerable amount of their time enforcing other traffic laws, that when violated, frequently result in motor vehicle accidents.The Aviation Unit is primarily responsible for providing direct aerial support to uniform patrol officers responding to criminal activity, and general support to all other divisions within Gwinnett County Government. The Aviation Unit is based at Briscoe Field/Gwinnett County Airport.