Enforcement Bureau - Special Operations Division
The Special Operations
The Enforcement Bureau.
The Enforcement Bureau
has two other divisions: Patrol Division and
Many special events are held each year in Monterey
County, drawing large numbers of spectators and visitors to the area. To
maintain public order and safety at such events, the Sheriff’s Office
assists in event planning and acts as
on-scene public safety director. The Special Operations Division
serves as the Sheriff’s management planner when the event
reaches a size that will require resources from more than one unit. The
Division includes these units:
Special Enforcement Detail (SED): This unit is designed to handle
general or directed enforcement situations requiring the focus of highly
trained personnel using specialized tactics. This includes gang violence
Vehicle Abatement Program: This responsibility was transferred
from the Public Works Department to the Sheriff’s Office in July, 1999.
Monterey County Ordinance No. 3644 authorizes the Sheriff “…to abate and
remove the public nuisances of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled or
inoperative vehicles or parts thereof from private or public
property...”. The Vehicle Abatement Officer also assists other County
departments such as Planning and Health with various code enforcement
situations. Please visit our
Abandoned Vehicle/Vehicle Abatement page for more detailed
Multi-Agency Detail for Commercial Auto Theft (MADCAT): This is a
multi-agency task force comprised of personnel from the Sheriff’s Office
and the California Highway Patrol. MADCAT’s mission is to investigate
the theft of vehicles and related crimes such as “chop shops”. This unit
works across jurisdictional lines, in both the incorporated and
unincorporated areas of the County.
Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT): The Swat Team is equipped and trained to handle high risk
situations and other special operations. This is a collateral assignment
for the team members. The SWAT team provides a coordinated response to
crisis incidents throughout Monterey County. They may include
hostage/barricaded suspect situations, civil disturbances, security
operations, and high risk arrest and search warrants.
Hostage/Crisis Negotiation Team:
"HNT" is a group of specifically trained deputies whose
mission is to bring about the peaceful resolution of critical incidents
involving "subjects in crises." The "subjects in crises" may be
barricaded criminals, suicidal persons, emotionally or psychologically
disturbed persons, persons in the midst of domestic problems, or even
persons who today would be labeled political terrorists. "HNT" works in
partnership with the Sheriff's SWAT Team who provide the tactical
protection and response necessary to allow the negotiation process to
occur. In addition to the unincorporated area of the county, it also
responds to requests for aid from cities within the county who do not
have an "HNT" of their own. The team responds at any hour and any day an
incident may occur. The Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) works in
conjunction with SWAT to help achieve safe and peaceful resolutions to
certain types of situations.
Reserve Deputy Sheriff Program: This consists of Peace Officer
Standards and Training (POST) level I & II reserves. Reserves meet
and train on a monthly basis and are required to work a minimum of one
shift per month plus special events to maintain their reserve status. Besides patrol and custody
operations, uniformed reserve deputies assist at functions including the
AT&T golf tournament, Artichoke Festival, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
events, Salinas Air Show, Aromas Days and funeral escorts.
Vehicle Maintenance Coordinator: The Vehicle Maintenance Coordinator is responsible for a fleet of
approximately 225 vehicles. The Coordinator is responsible for making sure
that each of the vehicles is maintained in good running order, and that
they meet all maintenance or repair schedules. The Coordinator facilitates
the specifications, systematic upgrading and ordering process for vehicles
as well as the communications and emergency equipment they require.
Monterey County Gang Task Force: This is a grant funded anti-gang
task force staffed by personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, the Salinas
Police Department and the California Highway Patrol. A Salinas Police
Department Commander manages the task force. Sheriff’s Office personnel
assigned to the Task Force include a sergeant, four deputies, and a
Criminal Intelligence Specialist. Visit the Monterey County Gang Task
Force website at www.gangtaskforce.org.
Criminal Intelligence Specialist: Primary duties are to collect,
evaluate and disseminate timely intelligence information, as well as
analyze criminal activity information in support of other Divisions. The
CIS also manages and monitors the sex offender registration program, as
well as the arson, gang and narcotics registration programs.
Bomb Squad: The Sheriff’s Bomb Squad is trained and equipped to
handle explosive and other hazardous devices throughout the county. This
is a collateral assignment for the team members.