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Special Operations Division
Special Tactics And Response (STAR) Team


The STAR Team consists of selected deputy sheriffs, including a Team Commander, Assistant Commander, and numerous tactical operators and snipers.

These officers are highly trained and equipped for tactical and high-risk situations for the protection of our communities.

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The Special Operations Division is responsible for managing specialized operations and investigations within Johnston County. Deputy Sheriffs are assigned to each of the four teams that make up this unit and must receive extensive specialized training in the areas to which they are assigned.

This division is supported by a mobile incident command center that, when deployed, is supervised by the command staff. These teams also work closely with the Johnston County Emergency Services in providing assistance in natural disasters and other major incidents that may occur in Johnston County. The Special Operations teams are as follows: Special Tactics and Response (STAR) Team, Crisis/Negotiation Team, Search and Rescue (SAR) Team, and Water Rescue Team.