Specialized Patrol Units

Within the Patrol Division there are several specialized units:

Care Trak System Unit
This unit uses telemetry tracking for "high-risk" people with Alzheimer, dementia, and special needs kids with autism, Down syndrome, etc. Specially trained Deputies work in conjunction with a program provided by Care Trak International, Inc. to provide this service to our county.

Crisis Intervention Team Unit
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.

CIT deputies have received specialized training to work in cooperation with the mental health system, consumers, and families with potential mental health-related incidents.

Directed Patrol Unit
The Directed Patrol Unit is a multi-faceted unit whose primary goal is conducting criminal interdiction, investigations, and arrests focused on drug trafficking and illegal narcotics. Members of this unit are responsible for the identification, investigation, and arrest of individuals, groups, or organizations that pose a criminal threat, in addition to working with local task forces.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Enforcement Unit
This unit is comprised of dedicated deputies to enforce DWI enforcement throughout the county. Assignments include state and federal traffic grants, enforcement checkpoints, public speaking engagements and education for impaired driving.

The deputies of the DWI Unit are highly motivated individuals with a passion for what they do. They believe strongly in reducing traffic collisions caused by impaired drivers and in making the roadways in St. Charles County a safe place for residences and motorists.

Drug Recognition Expert Unit
A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) is an officer who has been specially trained to conduct an examination on a person to determine if the person is impaired and, if so, whether the impairment is caused by drug use or by a medical condition. DREs can be used in a variety of ways, from DWI enforcement to internal investigations.

The Drug Evaluation and Classification Program is sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Field Training Officer Unit
The Field Training Officer Program is responsible for the training of new deputies, so each is prepared to function as professional law enforcement officers at the conclusion of their training cycle.

The training cycle consists of a minimum of a 3-month intensive on-the-job training and daily performance evaluations. Field training officers have the dual responsibility of providing law enforcement service in their assigned patrol zones, as well as conducting training and evaluations for new deputies.

Honor Guard Unit
The Honor Guard was established in 2004 to represent the department at formal public ceremonies, memorial services, and other special law enforcement and public events.

K-9 Unit
The K-9 Unit is comprised of 5 working "full service" commissioned dogs and their handlers with 1 supervisor. The unit utilizes the Malinois and German Shepherd as "full service" for tracking, narcotics detection, and apprehension purposes. These dogs reside in the homes of their handlers, who are assigned throughout the 3 patrol shifts working general patrol assignments in addition to their K-9 responsibilities.

The members of this specialized unit are "on-call" 24 hours a day for special incidents, along with supporting surrounding law enforcement agencies. Throughout the year the unit is called upon for public events and school safety presentations.

Each of the dogs are nationally certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA).

Motorcycle Unit
The Motorcycle Unit is equipped with 10 Harley Davidson motorcycles, which are used for traffic enforcement, dignitary motorcades, special public events, and other directed patrol assignments. Deputies assigned to ride these motorcycles are required to graduate from an intense 40-hour police motorcycle school.

Neighborhood Directed Patrol Unit
This unit is a patrol directed responsive unit serving "high incident" areas for calls for service, synthetic drug compliance, and or drug activity areas.

Traffic Unit
The Traffic Unit is newly established for 2014. This unit is comprised of 6 deputies assigned full time to traffic enforcement and accident investigations. Each member of the unit is equipped with radar and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) speed detection devices for traffic enforcement.

The unit has a radar trailer that is deployed to high traffic and/or resident complaint areas, which records the total number of vehicles and average vehicle speeds.

Vehicle Crash Investigation Unit
The primary mission of this unit is to investigate and provide detailed reporting of serious crashes involving fatalities, commercial motor vehicles and crashes resulting in felony criminal charges throughout the county.

The crash investigation unit will also assist other law enforcement agencies with serious traffic crash investigations and critical crime scene mapping.

Each officer is trained in the human, mechanical, and environmental factors of traffic crash investigation. They are considered court experts in the field of traffic crash investigation.