The Special Operations Unit is a highly skilled unit that is deployed into areas of the county to investigate citizen’s complaints and to be an immediate crime deterrent. The unit also operates and handles the majority of the tracking and narcotics canine officers of the Sheriff’s Office. These Officers also investigate criminal cases and perform all other law enforcement duties.
The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office maintains canine (K-9) teams that assist deputies in a variety of law enforcement situations. Canine teams are trained for a particular objective with extensive training prior to any operation and continuous weekly training to maintain the highest level of efficiency.
The Bloodhound Tracking Team assists with tracking criminals, finding missing or abducted persons, apprehension of suspects for crimes such as rape, robbery, murder, and prowling, as well as search and recovery efforts. Our narcotics detection dog is utilized to find the scent of marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine. These animals are also responsible for locating narcotics that have been hidden in houses, cars, and various other locations.
Special Weapons & Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.)
The Special Weapons And Tactics, also known as S.W.A.T., is a unit of deputies highly trained in various weaponry and tactics. S.W.A.T. is used in high risk situations where the potential of danger is great. Common occurrences where S.W.A.T. is needed are:
- Barricaded Persons
- Executive Protection Details
- Fugitive Apprehension
- High Risk Warrant Service
- Hostage Situations
Through the well-trained team concept, combined with special weapons and tactics, the goal of S.W.A.T. is to apprehend dangerous persons without death or injury to the persons involved.