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Specialized Enforcement

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Crime Impact Team
The Specialized Enforcement Division Crime Impact Team has responsibility for gathering intelligence, conducting investigations into violent crime offenders, and SWAT responsibilities. The team members are cross-sworn as United States Marshall's and work closely with them in apprehending fugitives across the country. The Crime Impact Team investigates serious crimes occurring in the county as requested by the stations/divisions, and as assigned by the commander.

Arson/Bomb Detail

The Arson/Bomb Detail investigates all suspicious fires within the sheriff's department jurisdiction including fire related deaths, insurance fraud, arson for retaliation, and arson to conceal other crimes or to destroy crime scenes. The Detail is also called upon by many fire agencies to assist with the investigation of arson related fires. The detail and its members are accredited by the FBI in handling explosive devices, military ordinance and unknown suspicious packages. The detail utilizes an explosives trained K-9, "JoJo" to detect many different explosive odors and powders. The detail maintains one of the largest police bomb ranges on the West Coast. It is used by local bomb squads, as well as others from throughout the southern California region, for training and the destruction of confiscated explosives, ammunition, and fireworks.

Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.)
In addition to other duties, a majority of the Specialized Enforcement deputies are trained as SWAT operators. They train a minimum of 36 hours a month to include: marksmanship skills; rappelling from buildings, cliffs and helicopters; helicopter insertion skills; and stealth and hostage rescue tactics. SWAT team members possess specialty skills in explosive entries and entries using night vision equipment. The National Tactical Officers Association, in the Summer 2000 issue of The Tactical Edge, recognized SBCSD's SWAT team as one of the premier teams in the country. All specialty skills derived from SWAT are beneficial to members during their daily duties, which frequently bring team members in contact with violent and/or armed suspects.

SMASH / Regional Gang Unit
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Regional Gang Unit consists of two Gang Enforcement Teams. These teams operate as a countywide gang suppression effort. Each team consists of Sheriff’s Deputies, Probation Officers and members of the California Highway Patrol.
The teams’ focus is on identifying existing and newly emerging street gangs and gang members, tracking criminal gang activities, and assisting in the prosecution of gang members. The teams are actively involved in assisting the Department’s Homicide Division and allied agencies with gang related homicides and shootings.
The County’s revitalization of S.M.A.S.H. and aggressive gang suppression efforts by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and local law enforcement agencies has resulted in an increased number of identified gangs and gang members. Currently, there are 362 identified active gangs and 14,000 identified active gang members in San Bernardino County. These statistics are an approximation based on the best available information at time of report.

S.M.A.S.H. (San Bernardino County Movement Against Street Hoodlums)
S.M.A.S.H. is a joint effort by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to suppress criminal gang activity in San Bernardino County. S.M.A.S.H. operations target gang members that participate in criminal activities and whom have active arrest warrants and are currently on parole or probation status. Although emphasis of S.M.A.S.H. is on criminal gang activity, the sweeps also focus on “zero balance.” Therefore, arrests do not reflect solely gang related crimes.
Law enforcement participation in S.M.A.S.H. has increased considerably, averaging approximately 100 sworn officers per operation.
S.M.A.S.H. conducts approximately 1 to 3 operations monthly, alternating between the valley and the desert areas.

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