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Special Operations Division
Water Rescue Team
Our water rescue team consists of deputy sheriffs including a Team Commander, an Assistant Team Commander, and also (6) "Rescue 3 International" certified Swift Water Advance Technicians and certified boat operators. These deputies are trained to locate, rescue, and recover missing, stranded, or lost persons along the waterways of our county.
These deputies provide assistance in all types of water conditions and provide assistance to other law enforcement agencies across our state when requested by the NC Emergency Management.
Specialized water rescue crafts assigned to this team are:
- A 22' shallow water jet-drive boat
- A 16' Zodiac rescue boat
- A 14' rescue raft
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.