While regular patrol teams handle typical calls for service and crime prevention activities, sometimes more specialized units are needed. A number of these focused units are organized under the Special Operations (Ops) Section of the Patrol Division. Special Ops includes units to which officers are assigned full-time, such as the:
Crisis Negotiation Team
Crowd Control Team
Explosives Disposal Unit
School Resource Team
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
Traffic Enforcement Unit
The specialized units are activated as needed. The Special Operations Section is commanded by a police lieutenant who reports to the Patrol Division captain. The section employs about 25 sworn officers and two civilian administrative aides full-time, but dozens of officers with regular duties as patrol officers or detectives also serve on Special Operations ad hoc teams.