Special Operations Division
The Special Operations Division consists of the following sections:
- Vice and Narcotics
The Traffic Section is made up of several units, each with its own specific goals and functions:
Motorcycle Unit – 11 officers and a sergeant tasked primarily with traffic enforcement, with particular attention devoted to hazardous violations. Their main focus areas are the various highways throughout Irving and other high-accident locations. They also maintain a heavy presence in school zones. Traffic complaints reported by citizens are evaluated by the motorcycle officers and, when warranted, an enforcement plan is implemented to address the concern.
DWI Unit – 5 officers and a sergeant focus on DWI enforcement. Along with other members of the Traffic Section, they are part of the team that responds to fatality and other serious accidents. They are responsible for investigating any intoxication offenses involved in those accidents. Another of their duties is to give educational presentations about DWI prevention to schools, corporations and other community groups. In addition, the DWI Sergeant manages the department’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement program that conducts inspections of large commercial vehicles to ensure they are operated safely on the city’s roadways.
Hit & Run Unit – 2 officers investigate all hit & run accidents that are not suspended in the field due to lack of leads. They are trained in various advanced accident investigative techniques and are part of the team that investigates fatality and other serious accidents.Special Events Unit – 1 sergeant reviews, permits, coordinates and staffs all special events and off-duty jobs requiring officers for traffic control and other safety concerns. He also supervises the Hit & Run Unit.
Tactical team – 13 officers; 1 lieutenant, 2 sergeants, and 10 officers. These officers serve in the role as Entry and Containment teams of the Tactical Unit. The senior Sgt. and 5 patrolmen are assigned to the Entry team. Their duties include entry, operational scouting/planning and training. The Rescue and Diversion team is comprised of a sergeant and 5 officers. The unit is to support our department’s operational goals by providing technically proficient, emotionally stable and physically fit officers for addressing a variety of critical incidents and hazardous operations. Their primary duties are inner perimeter, breaching, and gas deployment. The unit’s primary function is addressing special threat situations including serving high-risk search and arrest warrants, dignitary protection, barricaded suspects, hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, and engaging heavily-armed suspects.
Sniper team consists of a sergeant and six officers. Their duties include developing and communicating intelligence information to the tactical command staff and operators. They provide protection and guidance for the Entry team. The team will work in pairs acting as a rifleman and observer
Tactical Medics – 6 Irving Fire Department Paramedics who are assigned and trained to work with the SWAT Team. The medics are to provide medical support during tactical operations.
Bomb Squad consists of a Commander and 5 Bomb Technicians. These officers are required to complete the FBI Hazardous Device School. The purpose of the team is to render safe and/or remove suspected IEDs, explosives, explosives chemicals, pyrotechnics and ammunition. The team is trained and assist the Tactical Unit with their explosive breaching capabilities
Crisis Negotiators is made up of 1 sergeant and 6 officers. The purpose of the team is to resolve all conflicts through negotiations with the utmost regard for human life in an attempt to bring all incidents to a peaceful resolution.
Vice and Narcotics
The Vice unit is tasked with the suppression of prostitution, human trafficking, illegal gambling, sexually oriented business violations, child pornography and other child exploitation offenses, and enforcement of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission laws governing the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
The suppression of illegal vice activities is accomplished through proactive investigations that stem from citizen complaints, surveillance, working with cooperating individuals and undercover operations. They also work with multiple federal agencies on larger investigations such as money laundering, narcotics trafficking and human trafficking.
If you have information or a tip that you would like to pass on to vice investigators, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972.721.6965.