The Special Operations Division is located at 261 Child Street, Rochester, NY 14611, and is commanded by
Commander Joseph Morabito.
Operationally the Special Operations Division falls under the Operations Bureau.
The Special Operations Division consists of:
The Tactical Section, which is responsible for providing directed patrol, crime specific details, pro-active investigative efforts, and technical equipment to deal with selected crime problems. The Tactical Unit also includes K-9, which provides canine support services in the area of building searches and tracking, as well as nitrate and narcotic searches.
The Traffic Enforcement Section, which is responsible for specialized alcohol enforcement countermeasures and pro-active traffic enforcement on a citywide basis, as well as traffic direction and control in the Downtown area and elsewhere in the City as directed. This Unit analyzes citywide motor vehicle accidents and enforcement activities, and disseminates information to the Special Operations Section Commanding Officer for review and planning. It is also responsible for the handling or referral of complaints or suggestions concerning traffic-engineering deficiencies and transmits accident and enforcement data to the Traffic Control Board. It is further responsible for coordination of the school crossing guard program.
The Mounted Section, which provides specialized patrol services in the Downtown area and elsewhere in the City as directed.
The Bomb Squad, which responds to all incidents involving explosives, explosions, bombs and bombings.
The Emergency Task Force, which responds to incidents of barricaded gunmen, hostage situations and high risk warrants.
The SCUBA Squad, which responds to all incidents of drowning, underwater mishaps, and underwater evidence recovery in or on City waterways.
The Emotionally Disturbed Person Response Team (EDPRT) - 50 Member Team: A group of employees specially trained, on a voluntary basis, to deal with emotionally disturbed individuals in a variety of situations in the Rochester community. These situations may include suicidal persons, persons exhibiting irrational behavior, handling psychiatric patients, the homeless, various mental health concerns and/or referrals, and any other situations that deal specifically with the needs of the mental health community and emotionally disturbed persons.
The Hostage Negotiation Team, which is responsible for intervention in situations involving hostage, suicide, barricaded gunmen and other situations where their expertise in negotiations may be of value.
The Mobile Field Force, is a specially trained group of members assigned to provide rapid, organized and disciplined response to civil disorder, crowd control or other tactical situations.
The Youth Services Section is responsible for the development and perpetuation of programs designed to prevent and control juvenile delinquency in coordination with patrol sections School Resource Officers (SROs), administering the Department's youth initiatives, maintaining a county-wide Juvenile Central Registry which includes all police contacts with juveniles, collecting, maintaining, and disseminating information on juvenile records, serving as a liaison with Family Court and other social agencies and advising the Department on procedural changes that will affect the Department's juvenile related activities.
The Special Investigation Section is responsible for the suppression of organized crime, illegal narcotics trafficking, and other vice related activity. It is responsible for initiating certain investigations, participating in multi-jurisdictional task forces, and coordinating enforcement action including, but not limited to: illegal narcotics trafficking, organized crime, illegal gambling, organized prostitution and pornography, illegal sale and distribution of liquor and tobacco, and illegal firearms. It is further responsible for the investigation of any crime or series of crimes as directed by the Chief of Police.
The Special Investigation Section includes:
The Narcotics Unit, which is responsible for the suppression of all illegal drug trafficking activities from street level operation up to and including major criminal conspiracy efforts. The Unit also maintains/develops intelligence files relative to narcotics distribution, and initiating/supervising counteractive measures. This unit is also responsible for intra-agency coordination, cooperation, and communication relative to narcotics enforcement activity.
The Intelligence Unit, which is specifically charged with investigations of potential/active criminal conspiracies of an organized crime or subversive nature, as well as other complex criminal conspiratorial activities which presents a threat to the community. It is responsible for the suppression of organized crime activities, such as illegal gambling, organized prostitution and pornography. Additionally, it is responsible for the development and maintenance of intelligence files relative to such activities and for intra-agency coordination, cooperation, and communication.
The Surveillance and Electronic Support Unit, which is responsible for all technical surveillance equipment used in support of Department investigation efforts. These responsibilities include the purchase, maintenance, issuance and use of sophisticated electronic and photographic equipment. This unit is responsible for training Department personnel in the use of this equipment, and acts as the Department's representative to other agencies who may provide technical equipment or support in inter-agency investigation.
The Firearms Suppression Unit, which conducts activities including "Project Exile", weapon tracing investigations, weapon crime intelligence, and firearm trafficking investigations. Member agencies work in close cooperation with the Monroe County District Attorney's Office and the United States Attorney's Office to investigate and prosecute state and federal firearm offenses.