This unit provides aerial support to include officer safety, directed patrol, vehicle and foot pursuits, suspect searches, search and rescue, criminal surveillance, aerial photography and aerial support for outside agencies.
Dive Team/Underwater Investigation
This unit consists of members from various divisions throughout the department. Their mission is search and rescue as well as evidence recovery.
DWI Task Force
DWI Task Force patrols after dark, enforcing laws relating to impaired drivers under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.
Explosives/Hazardous Material Unit
Their primary responsibilities are the detection, relocation, disposal and safeguarding of clandestine devices which constitute a public hazard in the city or surrounding community. This includes searches at special events and dignitary protection details. This unit also has Explosive Detector Dogs which are used to search areas for explosives that may constitute a public hazard.
Hit and Run Division
Hit and Run is responsible for the follow up investigation of hit and run and incomplete accidents as reported by field officers.
The K-9 unit is comprised of specially trained police patrol canines. These canines are used to locate suspects through tracks, building searches and area searches. Canines are also used to locate evidence, as well as search for missing children or people.
The Motorcycle Section concentrates on traffic enforcement and accident investigation, as well as escorts and other specialized assignments at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
Mounted Patrol Unit
The mounted unit provides intensive patrols in the downtown area, along levees, at parks, concentrated business areas and special events. The mounted unit is also used for crowd control as well as community policing at public events.
Radar Units are responsible for enforcement of speeding laws, serve as accident investigators during inclement weather and are periodically assigned to special events.
School Crossing Guards
School Crossing Guards are civilians used to supplement police protection of children walking to and from schools during the regular school year.
Special Response Team (SRT)
The SRT unit is made up of SWAT officers and negotiators who are called on to resolve special situations beyond the capabilities of regular officers. These situations include barricaded subjects, hostage situations, dignitary protection, event security, search warrants and other special situations. The unit consists of permanently assigned members and call-out personnel from all divisions of the department.
The Traffic Division is responsible for parking control, radar speed enforcement, motorcycle escort duty, and assisting the uniform patrol division in selective traffic enforcement and accident investigation as required, as well as special events and assignments at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
Traffic Homicide Unit
Traffic Homicide investigates all traffic crashes involving death or life threatening injuries and fleet crashes, as directed by the Chief of Police.