Special Operations Unit
Sgt. Daniel Valentine, Commanding Officer
The Special Operations Unit was established in August of 2007 by Chief Kapica in order to consolidate and enhance the oversight of the various specialized tactical and rescue units within the Greenburgh Police Department. These units include:
Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.) - Comprised of Police Officers from the Town of Greenburgh and the Villages of Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings, Irvington and Tarrytown.
In December of 2013, the Greenburgh Police S.W.A.T. team achieved New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (Municipal Police Training Council) S.W.A.T. Team Accreditation. Greenburgh Police S.W.A.T. was the first multi-jurisdictional tactical team in the State of New York to achieve this compehensive standard. Additionally, Greenburgh Police S.W.A.T. conforms to the National Tactical Officers Association (N.T.O.A.) recommended training standards for collateral duty tactical teams.
Hostage Negotiation Team (H.N.T.) - Comprised of Police Officers from the Town of Greenburgh.
Technical Rescue Team - Comprised of Police Officers from the Town of Greenburgh Firefighters from the Fairview and Greenville Fire Departments.
K-9 Unit - Comprised of a Police Officer/handler and canine “Patriot” from the Town of Greenburgh.
Marine / H.E.A.T. Unit - Comprised of Police Officers from the Town of Greenburgh, the Village of Dobbs Ferry, the Village of Sleepy Hollow Police Department and the New York State Police.
Mobile Command Center Unit - Comprised of Police Officers from the Town of Greenburgh.
Officers in each of these units are required to undergo a rigorous selection process before assignment to a specific team. Each Officer must attend monthly training in addition to courses sponsored outside of the department. All training is coordinated through the Special Operations Unit Commanding Officer.
The Special Operations Unit Commanding Officer serves as liaison to the various police departments providing personnel to these units, and to the numerous emergency response agencies within and outside of the Town of Greenburgh.
Dr. Erik Larsen, Associate Director for the White Plains Hospital Emergency Department, has regularly volunteered his services to the S.W.A.T. and Technical Rescue Teams for training and is available to provide medical services during emergency call-out situations.
For more information about these Units visit the Greenburgh Police Department website or contact the Special Operations Unit at (914) 989-1712