• The Portsmouth Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics team and Marine Patrol are under the operational control of the Special Operations Bureau Commander and are collateral duties for the officers assigned.  The officers who perform these duties are drawn from nearly all units in the Department and make a commitment to attend extensive specialized training and be subject to emergency call back.  The SWAT team is primarily responsible for handling high risk tactical situations (such as barricaded armed individuals, hostage situations, active shooter threats, and other high risk situations) and high risk warrant and search warrant execution duties for the Special Investigations and Criminal Investigations Divisions.  The SWAT team is commanded by a Lieutenant and supervised by a Sergeant.  The Marine Patrol Unit deploys the Department’s SAFE boat in local waterways to enforce boating law and ensure safety of recreational boaters in the waters adjacent to Portsmouth.  The Marine Unit is typically also involved in search and rescue operations, recovery operations, tactical escorts for vessels entering Hampton Roads and the rivers entering into the harbor, and for added security and enforcement at special events.  Almost all of these activities are conducted in conjunction with the US Coast Guard, the Portsmouth Fire Department’s Marine Unit, and the marine unit of the other police departments in Hampton Roads.

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