Special Operations

The Special Operations Division is responsible for several units, teams and special details of the Watertown Police Department. The two School Resource Officers report directly to the Captain of Special Operations. The division also includes managing and overseeing the K9 program, the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, Crime Prevention programs, the Crime Free Multi-Housing program, Special Events, the Explorers Post, Youth Programs, Camp Chance, DASH, and the Teen Academy.

  • School Resource Officer (SRO): Consists of sworn personnel designated as School Resource Officers who are responsible for the planning and performance of the objectives of the School Resource Officer program. The SROs are responsible for planning and coordinating youth programs to include Police Explorers, Camp Chance, and other special youth activities and events throughout the calendar year.
  • K-9 Teams: Sworn personnel partnered with a drug detection dog who serve as aggressive, active, and impartial narcotic detection teams who conduct interdiction of illegal drugs and substances being transported into and through the City of Watertown. The K9 handlers provide assistance to officers and other law enforcement agencies in the detection of illegal drugs and substances. They provide public awareness and education programs to the media, businesses, civic organizations, and the education system.
  • Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team: Consists of personnel assembled from the sworn, civilian, and reserve ranks in response to tactical calls for service requiring unified tactical approaches as well as specialized equipment and skills. Team members include SWAT, Hostage Negotiators, Snipers, and Tactical Dispatch personnel.
  • Crime Prevention and Crime Free Multi- Housing: Include the overall management, planning, coordination, tracking and delivery of programs and initiatives.
  • Special Events: Includes the overall management, planning, coordination, tracking and delivery of resources required for special events, such as parades, escorts, and other public gatherings.
  • Explorer Program: Available to young men and women ages 14 to 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Law Enforcement. Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.
  • Youth Programs and Camp Chance: Includes the delivery and management of the programs aimed at increasing positive interactions between police officers and young people.
  • Drug Free, Alcohol Free, Safe and Healthy (DASH): A collection of programs whose purpose is to raise awareness for healthy youth initiatives in Watertown.
  • Teen Police Academy: An interactive program that focuses on educating young people about the police department’s mission, function, practices, and processes. The TPA brings police officers and the kids close together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant.
  • Honor Guard: Serve as pallbearers or as an honor unit at funerals and memorial services for actual or retired WPD employees and state law enforcement officers. The team also performs at facility dedications, ground breaking ceremonies, special events, parades, and other community functions.