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Special Operations

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The Special Operations Section is a service function of the Police Services Division. Special Operations consists of both primary and collateral service functions. There are four primary service functions: Gang and Crime Suppression Unit, School Resource Officers (SRO), Special Events and the Traffic Unit. The collateral service functions are the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and the Bomb Squad.

Commander . Chris Schmad .  (303) 774-4839



Gang Crime Suppression Unit (GCSU) provides the community gang suppression through response to in progress and follow up of gang related calls for service.  This includes high visibility patrols, gang specific problem solving projects, crime analysis, managing gang related intelligence and in-depth investigations regarding organized criminal gang activity.

GCSU provides the community gang related intervention and prevention through gang related training programs for the St Vrain Valley School District, community groups, parent groups and other law enforcement professionals.  Intervention services include identifying, counseling and guiding high risk youth into various programs, supporting the Gang Response and Intervention Program (GRIP), graffiti eradication (GEAR) and partnering with probation.

Gang and Crime Suppression Unit . Sergeant Jason Pitts . (303) 651-8872


The School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit is a service function of the Special Operations Division. Its primary functions and responsibilities are:
• Safe schools – promoting a safe environment in school settings through crime and disorder prevention, reducing illegal drug and alcohol use, and encouraging responsible motor vehicle operation, all of which is accomplished through investigations, restorative justice, mediation and the enforcement of statutes, ordinances and school policies
• Education programs – promotion and coordination of safety and awareness programs for students and staff
• Prevention programs – school programs to enhance positive decision-making skills and deter substance use and abuse.

For a list of current School Resource Officer assignments

School Resource Officer Unit . Sergeant Craig Mortensen . (303) 651-8422


The Traffic Unit is a service function of the Special Operations Section. The Traffic Unit’s primary purposes are to facilitate the safe and expeditious movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic through the enforcement of traffic laws, the investigation of traffic complaints, the coordination of the DUI enforcement program, providing educational programs and through the use of problem solving and community-oriented policing. Problem solving efforts are often undertaken with the assistance of the City’s transportation engineer. The Traffic Unit also coordinates and provides departmental training in the areas of speed detection, accident investigation and DUI detection. The Traffic Unit is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the investigation of serious injury and fatal traffic accidents. The Traffic Unit is also responsible for coordinating requests to the police department for traffic control at city sponsored special events and parades.

Longmont Police Services Traffic Unit is the enforcement arm of the Longmont city government. We enforce traffic laws and investigate traffic crashes.  The Traffic Unit is not involved with traffic signals, signal timing, crosswalks, lane markings, or signage. We also are not able to request a mobile speed monitoring trailer be requested for your street. Please visit the city Transportation Engineering web page or call (303) 651-8737.

Traffic Unit . Sergeant Eric Lewis . (303) 774-4551


The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and Bomb Squad is a collateral service function of the Special Operations Section. The SWAT Team is composed of tactical officers, negotiators, medics and dispatchers from Police Services, Fire Services, the Longmont Emergency Communications Center and the Frederick Police Department. Team members are on call to provide assistance to any division, section or unit within the Longmont Department of Public Safety or the Frederick Police Department. From time to time, the team is also requested by other outside agencies to assist them with critical incidents. The types of incidents the team provides assistance with are barricaded suspects, hostage situations, service of high-risk and unknown-risk search and arrest warrants, sniper incidents, apprehension of armed and dangerous fugitives, civil disorder and crowd control, VIP protection, directed patrol operations and major case follow-ups. The team is also used as a training resource for the police department in areas such as firearms, less-than-lethal weaponry, patrol tactics, and crowd control. The SWAT Team also oversees and manages the department’s participation in the Boulder County Bomb Squad. The squad is staffed with hazardous devices technicians (bomb techs) from Police Services, Fire Services and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. The squad’s primary mission is to protect and save lives by rendering safe actual or suspected hazardous devices including, but not limited to, explosives, explosive compounds, bombs, military ordnance, booby traps, incendiary devices and improvised explosive devices. The squad is also used as a training resource for local police and fire departments in areas such as explosives, bombs and post-blast investigations.

Both the SWAT Team and the Bomb Squad are actively involved in community education through public relations appearances and demonstrations.

The Tactical Sergeant, the SWAT Team Commander, is responsible for coordinating requests to the police department for assistance with special events and parades hosted by the City.

SWAT . Sergeant Doug Ross . (303) 651-8525


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