The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and the DeKalb Police Department have combined resources to implement a joint Special Operations Team (SOT). The presence of a highly trained and skilled law enforcement tactical unit has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of injury or loss of life to citizens, law enforcement, and offenders. Regional law enforcement executives recognize that a well-managed team response to critical incidents usually results in successful resolution of those incidents.
SOT will support local law enforcement requesting a tactical response to a critical incident. Seven DeKalb Police Officers have been selected, equipped, trained, and integrated into the SOT. Following the partnership’s inception, several successful missions have been conducted resulting in the de-escalation of critical incidents, drug arrests, and the apprehension of violent offenders.