Special Operations

Unit History

The Special Operations Unit was established in August of 2007 by Chief Kapica in order to consolidate and enhance the oversight of the various specialized tactical and rescue units within the Greenburgh Police Department. These units include:

  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Crisis Negotiations Team
  • K-9 Unit
  • Mobile Command Center Unit
  • Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)
  • Technical Rescue Team
Special Operations Unit Vehicles

Special Operations Active Threat Prevention and Training

The Special Operations Unit has many objectives and responsibilities. While all are significant, one of our highest priorities is school safety. The unit is constantly active in preparing our schools for active threat prevention and response. Training and vigilance mainstream all personnel involved to obtain valuable information about the characteristics and response techniques that may be needed before and during an active threat situation.  

Selections & Assignment

Officers in each of these units are required to undergo a rigorous selection process before assignment to a specific team. Each Officer must attend monthly training in addition to courses sponsored outside of the department. All training is coordinated through the Special Operations Unit Commanding Officer.

Commanding Officer

The Special Operations Unit Commanding Officer serves as liaison to the various police departments providing personnel to these units, and to the numerous emergency response agencies within and outside of the Town of Greenburgh.

Doctor Erik Larsen

Doctor Erik Larsen, Associate Director for the White Plains Hospital Emergency Department, has regularly volunteered his services to the SWAT and Technical Rescue Teams for training and is available to provide medical services during emergency call-out situations.