Special Operations Division
The Special Operations Division consists of a variety of specialty units that involve additional training and expertise. Within the Special Operations Division are the following units:
The Mission of the Investigations Unit is to identify, document and collect all evidence and information at crime scenes for identifying, apprehending and convicting the guilty and to exonerate the innocent. These detectives are experienced and highly trained investigators whose sole job is to investigate and solve a wide range of crimes. They have specialized knowledge, skills and resources enabling them to solve cases such as forgeries, frauds, thefts, robberies, rapes, drug activity, gang crimes, sex crimes, child and adult abuse, homicide and other suspicious deaths. Detectives are trained in processing for fingerprints, photography and all aspects of crime scene investigation.
Enforcement, Crime Free Housing, Homelessness, Operations
The former "Bicycle Patrol Unit" was formed in the summer of 1997 with the purpose in mind of addressing all "quality of life" issues throughout the City of St. George. The rebranded E.C.H.O. Unit has become the spearhead of the department's Community Oriented Policing (C.O.P.) efforts and works tirelessly to make sure that your public places-parks, trails, schools, shopping centers etc. remain free from crime and disorder. No matter what the task at hand may be, the E.C.H.O. Unit officers hold true to a preventive "No Broken Windows" enforcement philosophy.
School Resource Officers
The Washington County School District and the St. George Police Department have had a long standing relationship, with officers being assigned to specific schools, spanning more than 30 years. The program is well established and has proven to be beneficial, not only for the District and Police Department but also for the students and their family members. During the school year, SROs report to duty at their school and typically work during school hours. They are also responsible for security during on-campus events (basketball games, dances, etc). When school is not in session, SROs either take time off or report to other Police Divisions for break and/or summer assignments. Those may include, Traffic/Motors, Bike Patrol, Investigations, or assisting with Patrol Staffing. The SROs really enjoy their assignment and tend to stay in that role for several years, they find it very fulfilling and challenging.
Crossing Guards are employees of the St. George Police Department but are assigned to assist elementary age children in crossing busy thoroughfares within St. George City Limits. While the times may vary, Crossing Guards are at their posts to help children cross on their way to and from school at marked school crosswalks. Because these positions must be staffed, we are frequently looking to add new crossing guards to our team.
Drug Task Force
The Washington County Drug Task Force is made up of detectives from multiple agencies in Washington County. These detectives are highly trained and specialize in narcotics investigations. Their main focus is to address drug trafficking and other issues related to the distribution of illegal drugs in Washington County.