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Tactical Unit

High-risk occurrences are part of the job, but no unit faces them more than the Tactical Unit.

The EPS Tactical  Unit was formed in 1973 as a result of a study conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The study indicated that any city with a substantial population should have a specialized unit to deal with high-risk occurrences.

The Tactical Unit consists of one staff sergeant, one training and tactics sergeant and three full-time tactical teams. On any given day, tactical teams have to be ready to take part in:

  • high-risk occurrences involving hostages or armed and barricaded persons
  • apprehending dangerous criminals
  • executing high-risk search warrants
  • assisting other areas such as Homicide, Drug and Gang Unit
  • security duties (VIPs)
  • consulate liaison duties

The Tactical Unit also has several sub-units:

  • hostage negotiators
  • Explosive Disposal Unit
  • Sniper Unit

EPS members with approximately eight years of service can apply and compete for positions with the Tactical Unit. Members must be exceptional police officers with excellent decision making skills, be motivated and consistently receive the gold level in physical fitness testing.

Interested individuals compete in Tactical Reserve Mini-Camp consisting of fitness, marksmanship, observation skills and cognitive thinking. The next step is the successful completion of the 10-week Tactical Reserve Class.

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