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GCSO Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team / Bloodhound Tracking Team

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team is designed to respond and resolve serious incidents that primarily involve armed suspects and are generally more hazardous than most police calls. Deputies from all units of the Sheriff's Office who respond on a call out basis, staff the SWAT Team. The SWAT Team also has members who are trained as the Bloodhound Tracking Team which respond with the Sheriff's Bloodhound. The Sheriff's Bloodhound is used to track suspects and locate missing people. Some members of the SWAT Team are trained as tactical medics to handle medical emergencies in a combat environment. The following are typical callout incident that SWAT will respond:

  • Hostage situations
  • Blockaded subjects and armed stand-offs
  • Terrorist Incidents / Homeland Security
  • High-risk search warrants
  • High-risk arrest warrants
  • Civil unrest
  • Security Details

Incidents that require the Bloodhound Tracking Team to respond are as follows:

  • Fleeing armed and/ or dangerous subjects on foot
  • Armed robberies
  • Searching for missing persons

Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Unit

The Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Unit is maintained to effectively provide service to the citizens that use the waterways of Georgetown County. The Marine Patrol Unit consist of crew members from other units of the Sheriff' Office. The following are missions assigned to the GCSO Marine Patrol Unit:

  • Investigating, interdicting, and apprehending waterborne violators
  • Patrolling local waterways and offshore waters of Georgetown County
  • Providing port security in Homeland Security operations
  • Conducting search and rescue missions in concert with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and rescue units
  • Assisting U.S. Customs and the U.S. Coast Guard in counter- smuggling operations

Aviation Unit

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit provides air support to all units of the Sheriff's Office. The Aviation Unit consists of 1 fixed wing single engine aircraft and pilot. The Aviation Unit is responsible for the following missions:

  • Marijuana Eradication Operations
  • Homeland Security Patrols
  • Aerial Surveillance
  • Search and Rescue
  • Support Bloodhound and Marine Patrol Operations