The Warren County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit originated in the 1980s with numerous members of both the Sheriff’s Office and the Front Royal Police Department. Currently the unit has ten members, all of which are deputies from the Sheriff’s Office. Members consist of the commander, assistant team commander(s), and team members.
The unit was formed to support the Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies through a highly trained specialized team, equipped with special weapons and related equipment and expertise in the service of search warrants, search missions, barricaded suspects, and hostage rescues. Team members train twelve times annually and qualify with all issued weapons biannually.
The Special Operations Unit is used as a resource for handling critical incidents that typically result in a successful resolution. Some of the suggested uses of the team include, but are not limited to:
- Hostage situation
- Barricaded person(s)
- Sniper incidents
- Support of the town police department and/or other agencies
- High-Risk apprehensions
- High-Risk warrant service
- Serving search warrants where a high-risk of officer safety is expected
- Riots/Civil Disturbances
- Any terrorist activity
- Any other situation deemed exceedingly hazardous or technical as to needlessly endanger officers without the special training and/or equipment or a situation that will consume an extraordinary amount of time if performed by the patrol division or any other branch of the Sheriff’s Office.