Worcester County Sheriff's Office

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Special Operations

Crash Reconstruction Team

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Team was established to assist Worcester County Deputies and allied agencies in the documentation and investigation of serious injury and fatal motor vehicle collisions when the agency deems special investigation skills are necessary to the success of such an investigation. Such special investigation skills may include the total reconstruction of the collision. Each member of the unit is a certified accident Reconstructionist and the team deploys the latest in technology to achieve the highest level of professional documentation. As part of the Reconstruction Teams goals, their investigations help prosecutors develop evidence in serious and fatal crashes and determine causes of such crashes. The Sheriff’s Office Reconstruction Team consists of 4 highly trained deputies who respond to serious crashes within Worcester County. They have been utilized in the tri-county area as well to assist local agencies with crash investigations.

Sheriff's Tactical Armed Response (S.T.A.R.) Team

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office S.T.A.R. team was formed in the late 1980’s to help combat the increase in drug crimes that were infiltrating the county. The original team consisted of a team commander and 6 members. Today, the S.T.A.R. has 13 active members and 5 tactical trained paramedics who respond to calls for service with the team. Each S.T.A.R. team member is highly trained and attends specialty schools during the year to perfect their craft. Members of the team must pass rigorous firearm standards monthly in order to maintain their status on the team. Deputies must be in good physical condition and are tested each year. The S.T.A.R. team consists of a team commander, 2 team leaders, and 10 specially trained operators. Deputies attend a basic S.W.A.T course at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy and then attend advanced courses by the National Tactical Officers Association, or NTOA. Deputies are also trained in active shooters programs and courses, and often teach allied agencies these programs.

The S.T.A.R. team is utilized by the Sheriff’s Office and allied agencies for high risk search warrants, narcotic search warrants, barricaded subjects, and calls for service where individuals pose a significant threat to the general public or law enforcement. Deputies are equipped with the latest weaponry and ballistic protection. The S.T.A.R. team currently has four highly trained counter-snipers on the team who are responsible for gathering intelligence or conducting surveillance on individuals who may be under investigation. These snipers are also highly trained with their sniper rifle and qualify monthly to meet agency standards. Deputies on the S.T.A.R. team are on call 24 hours a day and are subject to immediate call outs.