Special Operations Squad

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The Special Operations Squad is utilized to respond to unique or high risk situations in which specialized training and equipment is necessary. Situations requiring such response may include but is not limited to: Barricaded Suspects, Hostage Situations, Suicidal Individuals, Sniper Situations, Mass Arrest Situations, High Risk Drug Raids and/or Warrant Service, Civil Disorder, and Dignitary Protection. Major criminal occurrences are incidents in which the lives of citizens or officers is jeopardized by the criminal conduct of others and the scope of the conduct requires prolonged or extensive efforts by the Knoxville Police Department to resolve.

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