The Special Operations Division is commanded by Major Scott Hamilton. The division is broken down into several units dedicated to the enforcement of specific violations, and to enhance field operations.
Major Hamilton is a 22 year veteran with the Police Department. During his tenure with the department he has had the opportunity to serve in several units including DUI Task Force, MCS Cobra, DPS Training, and Criminal Investigations. Major Hamilton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education, and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Major Hamilton is also a graduate from the School of Police Command Staff from Northwestern University.
Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP)
The Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit is responsible for investigating all fatal traffic crashes, enforcement of traffic laws in those areas which analysis indicates an elevated amount of crashes. They are also responsible for the administration and execution of the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. They also take part in special security details, and investigate crashes involving Department vehicles when requested.
Motorcycle (Motor) Unit
The Motorcycle Unit is responsible for investigating traffic complaint areas. They also take part in the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program enforcement. The unit also handles extended traffic direction detail, and police escorts.
Hit & Run Unit
Personnel in the Hit & Run Unit report directly to the supervisor of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit. They are responsible for the investigation of traffic crashes in which an involved party fails to report the crash or leaves the scene of the crash.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Task Force
The Cobb County DUI Task Force is recognized as one of the best DUI apprehension units in the state of Georgia. They enforce all traffic laws and are primarily tasked with the apprehension of impaired drivers, thereby making Cobb County's roadways safer for all citizens. They accomplish this goal primarily with aggressive enforcement of state laws governing Driving Under the Influence in unincorporated Cobb County.
Violent Incident Prevention and Early Response unit (VIPER)
The VIPER unit mission is to reduce the occurrences of street level violent crimes. The Tactical Team provides support to both the Uniform and Detective Bureau. The team provides directed patrols in high crime areas, high risk warrant service and covert surveillance of entities likely to be victims of violent crimes.
Tactical (TAC) Team
The Tactical Team operates as a full-time SWAT Team and provides directed patrols in high crime areas, performs high risk warrant service, and conducts surveillance of areas involved in violent crimes. The Tactical Team supports both the Detective and Uniform Bureaus.
The K9 Unit's mission is to support the precincts, special operations and investigative units of the Cobb County Police Department. The unit currently has nine K9 teams consisting of three breeds; Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds and a Dutch Shepherd. Six of these K9 teams are capable of narcotics detection, evidence recovery and tracking. There are three teams dedicated to explosive detection. The narcotics/patrol teams are certified nationally through the North American Police Work Dog Association and the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association. The explosive K9 teams are certified through and members of the Georgia Emergency Management Explosive Detection Dog Program. In addition to patrol and investigative functions the unit conducts numerous demonstrations for the public throughout the year.
Read more about the K-9 Unit in an article in Tactical Life.