Specialized Services



The Specialized Services Division (SSD) performs a number of diverse functions that require unique skills.

 

The SWAT Team
The SWAT teams train extensively all year to maintain a high level of proficiency.  When they are not training, they perform other assignments, such as interagency assistance with marijuana eradication, airport drug interdiction, service of search warrants, Coast Guard ship-boarding exercises, and land-navigation training with the marines at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  They also work with various federal agencies to provide protection for national and international dignitaries.

 

The Bomb Unit
The Bomb Unit personnel respond to calls for service, which include military ordnance, improvised explosive devices, commercial explosives, and hoax devices.  The unit also provides training to schools and other agencies regarding explosives and emergency evacuation procedures.


The Canine Unit
Officers in the Canine Unit are called upon to search for prison escapees, missing persons, and felony suspects.  They are also used in narcotics and explosives detection.  Each dog has a badge designation and is considered an officer assigned to the Honolulu Police Department's (HPD) SSD.

 

The Helicopter Section
The primary functions of the Helicopter Section are to provide aerial observation and support to units of the HPD and related agencies.  The section also provides special support to other operations, such as traffic monitoring, recovery of stolen vehicles, and the eradication of marijuana and other illegal drugs.


History

History

SSD

SSD

SSD

SSD

The SWAT Team

The SWAT Team

The SWAT Team

The SWAT Team

The Bomb Squad

The Bomb Squad

The Bomb Squad

The Bomb Squad

The Canine Unit

The Canine Unit

The Canine Unit

The Canine Unit

The Canine Unit

The Canine Unit

The Helicopter Section

The Helicopter Section

The Helicopter Section

The Helicopter Section

The Helicopter Section

The Helicopter Section

Community Demos

Community Demos

Community Demos

Community Demos

Community Demos

Community Demos

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The roots of the SSD go back to 1946 when a seven-member, quick response unit known as the Metro Squad was created to battle gang violence.

Over the years the unit grew and expanded its duties and responsibilities. In 1972, it was known as the Tactical Operation Division. In 1986, the division was created and renamed to SSD.




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