Air Support Unit
The Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit operates 3 aircraft which support the Sheriff's Office. The unit is equipped with two helicopters, a Bell OH-58C, a Bell UH-1H and a Cessna 182 airplane. Law Enforcement Aviation is a unique tool that can provide a birds-eye view during searches, crime scene photography and general patrol.
The OH-58C, known as Saber-1, responds to calls for service and is frequently the first on the scene. Saber-1 also assists in locating suspects and missing persons. The Cessna 182 (Saber-2) conducts photo surveillance flights and transports prisoners from the region back to Greenville County. The UH-1H, designated as Saber-3, is trained to assist the SC Forestry Commission by using the Bambi Bucket for fire suppression as well as County Emergency Response Team exercises.
Emergency Response Team
The Emergency Response Team (E.R.T.) is a rapid deployment unit which is trained to assist jurisdictions in effectively addressing the consequences of a critical incident involving Weapons of Mass Destruction and Toxic Industrial Chemicals. The team is equipped to secure the area of a mass casualty event as well as provide investigative support. It is currently comprised of twelve members from law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical agencies and can accomplish this mission in collaboration with the support of other local, state and federal entities. The Emergency Response Team may also be utilized to respond to technological and natural incidents in which the team's training, equipment, and experience can be effectively utilized.
Color / Honor Guard
The Sheriff's Office Color Guard is called upon to present the colors at important ceremonies, events, conferences, special church services, and community parades. They also post honor for officers who die in the line of duty, retire flags at special ceremonies, and represent the Sheriff at funerals within the law enforcement community.
The Greenville County Sheriff's Office Dive Team is ready at all times to respond to any water related emergencies including swift water rescue, underwater crime scenes, body, evidence and stolen property recovery. The Dive Team completes monthly training activities and specialized training programs during the year. The team has 8 certified divers and 6 ground crew members available for call out. Most team members are Swift Water certified while some have advanced certifications in Swift Water and High Angle rescue.
The Field Force is composed of 175 deputies from Uniform Patrol and Judicial Services Division. Field Force team members are trained for quick response to civil unrest, crowd control, and high risk officer rescue situations. They work in squad formations that provide a unified, highly functional, and disciplined presence to assist in restoration of peace in our communities. Outfitted with the latest in crowd control munitions, deputies are trained in the proper deployment for ultimate effectiveness.
Hazardous Devices Unit
The Hazardous Devices Unit (Bomb Squad) is one of the most advanced units in the Upstate and is also accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice. The unit is comprised of multiple Bomb Technicians and multiple support personnel along with an Explosives-Detection K-9. Team members are on-call 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, year round and the unit is equipped with specialized response vehicles. In addition to serving the public in their primary duty assignments and responding to bomb calls, Bomb Squad team members also support other Sheriff's Office Special Teams. The Hazardous Devices Unit responds to an average of 75 calls-for-service per year with an additional 35+ calls-for-service utilizing the Explosives-Detection K-9. Team members receive over 230 hours of specialized training per year and Bomb Technicians hold multiple certifications including Certified-Explosive-Breaching.
Formed in 1977, the purpose and mission of the SWAT team is to handle high-risk operations in a manner that reduces the chance of violence, injury, or death. High-risk situations include hostage incidents, barricaded suspects, sniper/active shooters, high-risk warrants, manhunt operations, or other tactical problems. The team is staffed by deputies who have demonstrated the skills and commitment needed to perform this important task. They train a minimum of 230 hours yearly in addition to specialized schools that they may attend. Team members are always on-call and perform their SWAT duties in addition to their regular primary assignment.