In the early 1980s, the Aberdeen Police Department created a specialized detachment of officers to respond to high-risk incidents such as armed barricaded incidents, hostage situations, and high-risk warrant service.
The birth of Aberdeen’s specialized response team emulated a nationwide trend of law enforcement agencies to increase the operational capability and response to an ever-increasing culture of violence.
Currently the Aberdeen Police Department and the Brown County Sheriff's Office utilize a joint effort of resources and manpower. Our team’s mission and goal is to respond to critical incidents and safely diffuse these incidents without injury or loss of life.
Crisis & Tactical / Rifle Elements
Our team is comprised of two components - a crisis negotiator element and a tactical and rifle element. The crisis negotiation team includes four Aberdeen Police Department staff and a State of South Dakota parole agent. The tactical and rifle team includes fourteen members of the Aberdeen Police Department and one Brown County sheriff’s deputy.
For more information, please contact the Aberdeen Police Department at 605-626-7911. If this is an emergency, please dial 911.