JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT SWAT TEAM
The Johnson City Police Department is part of a multi-jurisdictional SWAT Team comprised of members of the Johnson City, Binghamton and Vestal Police Departments. The members are highly trained and receive ongoing special training in tactics and weapons and work as a team to counter special situations. The SWAT Team has the responsibility of responding to any situation that requires specialized weapons and tactics. These situations include, but are not limited to, the following: hostage situations, barricaded suspects, violent civil unrest, and the execution of high risk search warrants. The team training involves specialized tactics to enable them to end critical situations with non-lethal force if at all possible. The team members are very dedicated and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This multi-jurisdictional SWAT team is one of only a handful of teams in New York State that is accredited by the New York State Division of Criminal Justices Services.
JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT CANINE UNIT
The Johnson City Police Department Canine Unit is currently comprised of Patrolman Nicholas Crandall and his Dutch Shepherd K-9 Cruz, and Patrolman Daniel Gavin and his German Shepherd K-9 Anouk. The K-9 Units are used to conduct searches of buildings, wooded areas and other places for criminal suspects or missing persons. They are also used to detect the unlawful possession of narcotics, to assist with crowd control, and to retrieve articles of evidence.
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JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT BICYCLE PATROL UNIT
The JCPD Bicycle Patrol Division was established in 1994. The unit's primary mission is to reduce crime by being highly visible. In addition, they assist car patrol units in the highly congested downtown business district, as well as the numerous parks that are not accessible to motorized patrol vehicles. The Mountain Bike Patrol also affords a unique Community Policing partnership with residents, business owners, and the many visitors that come to Johnson City. While most people think of riding a bicycle as a somewhat simple task, patrolling on a specially-equipped Police Mountain Bike is much more complex and can sometimes involve danger. To address the hazards that arise while on Mountain Bike Patrol, all officers selected for this arduous detail attend a rigorous five-day Police Mountain Bike School in Ithaca, NY. Anyone familiar with the Ithaca, NY area is well aware of the fact that there is almost no flat terrain, making the school a memory for the officers that is not soon forgotten! The school includes training in bicycle maintenance, physical fitness and diet, close quarters riding techniques, distance riding, rough terrain riding, and road surface riding. Students are also taught how to take down fleeing suspects from a bicycle and have to complete firearms qualifications while riding. The school is sanctioned by the Office of Public Safety, Albany, NY and includes a written test at the conclusion of the course. Each officer must successfully complete each phase of the school's requirements, including the written exam, in order to qualify as a Police Mountain Bike Patrol Officer. The department has 3 Police Mountain Bikes equipped with flashing red and white lights and a police siren. These bikes were obtained through grants and donations made by local business owners and the residents of Johnson City, their help is greatly appreciated.