Tactical Apprehension and Control (TAC) Team
The TAC Team, formed in 1980, is used in high risk operations to include Barricaded Subjects, Dignitary Protection, High Risk Arrest and Search Warrants, and Hostage Situations. TAC members volunteer for and then compete in a rigorous physical and mental evaluation process for placement on the Team, which is in addition to their regular duty assignment. TAC members are on-call on a 24 hour basis. Currently the TAC Team consists of 47 members in 6 areas of responsibility.
The largest team is the Entry Team. Entry members are the ones who are the "first through the door" and the "hands on" people. These members serve as Rescue Teams, Arrest teams, Search Teams, Assault Teams or whatever the situation calls for.
The second component of TAC is the Sniper Team. These members are remarkably skilled in marksmanship but more importantly play a vital role as "scouts' and intelligence gatherers for TAC.
The third area of specialization is our Crisis Negotiators who are specifically skilled and trained in the art of communication. CNT members constantly train and work to bring about peaceful resolutions to crisis situations.
The fourth area of responsibility is our Logistics Team. They are tasked with ensuring all specialty equipment and vehicles make it to the scene and are in working order.
Hazardous Device Team
The fifth component is the Hazardous Devices Team.
- Utilizes advanced Police technology and equipment
- Component of our departmental Homeland Security efforts
- Provides bomb-technician services to our entire region
- Teaches advanced security methods to first responders
The Tallahassee Police Department Hazardous Devices Team (Bomb Squad) is a full time 3-man unit. The TPD HDT became a Nationally Accredited Bomb Squad in October 1999. TPD was one of only 200 squads in the nation that were part of this inaugural accreditation process. In 2003 TPD HDT again gained a consecutive National Accreditation demonstrating its continued standard of excellence in this critical field of public safety. The TPD HDT has maintained FBI federally certified Hazardous Devices Technicians since 1991. TPD's Hazardous Devices Team is a member of the Big Bend Regional Bomb Squad and the North Florida Domestic Security Task Force. .
Since 1991, close to 1 million dollars has been spent on equipment to make our jobs safer. It is the goal of our team to make every situation non-life threatening, even to our bomb technicians. Technology allows us to do this 90% +/- of the time. We can incorporate various tools with our Hazardous Duty Robot that allow us to observe (3 Cameras), move (6 axis articulated arm), perform diagnostic tests, and perform a render safe procedure on a device.
The Hazardous Devices Team can safely transport a device in our WMD Gas-Tight Total Containment Vessel (TCV). The TCV provides protection from all fragmentation, toxic gases and blast over pressure from a device. The TCV is mounted on a hydraulic transporter, which is towed on a trailer behind our response vehicle. The hydraulic transporter allows bomb technicians to place the TCV as close as practical to the device so the risk to life and property, during movement, is kept as low as possible.
September 11th has increased TPD's area of responsibility and continues to take the lead in public safety for our community. The Hazardous Devices Team now responds to a 13 county area. Our coverage area is, roughly, from the Apalachicola River to the Suwannee River. TPD Hazardous Devices Team Members have provided WMD training throughout this area and were instrumental in the development of the Domestic Terrorism Taskforce's training curriculum for all Emergency First Responders in our region.
TPD has shown its commitment to this field by making the Hazardous Devices Team a full time position. WMD personnel protective equipment has been specified and all Sworn Officers and Forensic Specialist have been trained and outfitted with hazard appropriate equipment. Continuing commitment by the TPD towards this critical area of public safety is ongoing and upgrades to existing equipment with more specialized equipment is already being considered.
The sixth area of the TAC team is the Medic Team. The medic team is staffed by four specially trained Tallahassee Firefighters who are tactically trained paramedics attached to the team and one medical doctor. The medic team exists to provide advice and emergency medicine to team members and the public during critical incidents.
The responsibility of working day-to-day drug cases, with emphasis on low and mid-level drug dealers, as well as developing long-term narcotics investigations, is the responsibility of the General Narcotics Unit. Targeting locations, businesses, and other avenues where illegal contraband or drugs can enter our community is the responsibility of the Drug Interdiction Unit.
The current trends in the Tallahassee are similar to most areas. Powder cocaine, crack cocaine, diverted prescription pills and cannabis are continually being encountered throughout the area. Designer Drugs such as XTC (methlenedioxymethamphetamine), GHB (Gama Hydroxy Butyrate), LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) and "roofies" (Rohypnol) are also being targeted in our college communities and local nightclub venues. A growing trend is the resurgence of methamphetamines manufactured in local clandestine laboratories.
Career Criminal Unit
The Career Criminal Unit is part of the US Marshals North Florida Violent Fugitive Task Force. They work side by side with the US Marshals on a daily basis seeking and arresting the worst fugitives in the area as well as keeping tabs on Sex Offenders, Sexual Predators, and Career Offenders.