Department of Law Enforcement

The Department of Law Enforcement is comprised of the Criminal Investigations and Patrol Operations Divisions, along with the Bomb Disposal Unit, Crisis Negotiation Team and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.
Bomb Disposal Unit: Stabilizes suspected explosive devises and transports them to a safe place for disposal.
Crisis Negotiations Team: Utilizes strategies based on established procedures in responding to and negotiating at critical incidents involving barricaded subjects or hostage situations.
Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Team: Responds to any situation that involves snipers, barricaded suspects, hostage taking, or any other activity beyond the capability of standard law enforcement resources.
Criminal Investigations Division: Responsible for follow-up investigations and review of all reported criminal offenses. Includes District Criminal Investigations and Special Investigations. 
  • Intelligence Led Policing Unit: Handles the analysis of crime data and reporting and collects, collates, and analyzes crime data.
  • General Investigations: Investigates crimes against persons and property. Assists victims of crimes. Executes active warrants. 
  • Economic Crimes Investigations: Investigates crimes related to finances and identity theft.
  • Crime Scene Unit: Provides technical service in the areas of crime scene processing, photography, identification, fingerprinting, and evidence collection.
Special Investigations: Conducts investigations of organized crime including prostitution, illegal gambling, and narcotics. Collects and analyzes criminal intelligence. Provides tactical enforcement in combating street crime problems and suppressing or reducing drug traffic.
  • Agriculture Crimes: Responsible for agriculture crimes including theft, burglary, vandalism, and trespassing. Also enforces laws related to animal industry and welfare, citrus, environmental, and forestry.
  • Auto Theft Investigations: Investigates auto and marine theft cases including V.I.N., registration, title, and speedometer fraud.
  • Organized/Street Crimes: Responsible for identifying and/or combating the criminal activities of traditional organized crime, narcotic cartels, and other organized criminal factions and for collecting and analyzing intelligence data. They have trained narcotic K-9 dogs available to assist local, state, and federal agencies. 
  • Warrant Execution: Executes active warrants in the Sheriff’s Office database. Member of this unit participate on the U.S. Marshals Task Force.
Patrol Operations Division: Handles proactive and directive patrols. Provides emergency services throughout St. Lucie County. Encompasses Aviation, Marine and K-9 Units, North and South Districts Uniform Patrol, Special Tactics and Response (STAR) Team, Traffic Enforcement Unit, the Reserve Deputy Program, and the Underwater Search and Rescue Team.
  • Aviation/Marine Units: Provides helicopter and fixed wing support, including air surveillance, traffic monitoring, and medivac services. Utilizes marked patrol vessels to monitor waterways and assist vessels in distress. Assists other agencies with narcotics interdiction.
  • K-9 Unit: Responds to situations requiring police dogs, which includes building and area searches, apprehension of fleeing suspects, and lost and missing person searches.
  • North & South Districts Uniform Patrol: Patrols and answers calls for service through 911 communications.
  • Special Tactics and Response (STAR) Team: Responsible for assisting municipalities and unincorporated areas in combating daily street crime problems and representing the agency in various community relations and outreach activities. They are also available to assist other units by augmenting staff.
  • Traffic Enforcement Unit: Investigates motor vehicle accidents, conducts selective enforcement projects, supervises school crossing guards, operates Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit, and provides traffic and parking enforcement.
  • Reserve Deputy Unit: Volunteer law enforcement deputies supplement the regular operations of the agency by conducting close patrols on homes and businesses, providing services at special events and augmenting district patrol efforts.
  • Underwater Search and Recovery Team: Locates and recovers evidence and remains in canals, intracoastal waterways, lakes, and the ocean.



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