The Eau Claire Police Department has multiple specialty units that are comprised of officers, detectives and supervisors that have advanced interest and training in each respective area. Assignments to these specialize units are in addition to the their daily work assignments.
- Crash Reconstruction Team
The Crash Reconstruction Team investigates all fatal and many serious crashes within the City of Eau Claire. Members of this team have advanced training above and beyond the standard accident investigation training all officers receive to become more specialized in gathering information needed to accurately reconstruct crashes. These trained technicians take extra steps to ensure that the proper data is captured and documented in the event it becomes necessary to reconstruct an accident at a later date. The Crash Reconstruction Team also works closely with the Crime Scene Unit on major cases that require digital mapping of the scene.
- Crime Scene Unit
The Crime Scene Unit processes crime scenes, secures and collects evidence. Members of this team have advanced training in forensic science. They are called upon to process crime scenes to gather evidence. Some of the many aspects of processing a crime scene involve computer mapping, latent fingerprint development, DNA collection, and photography. Within the Crime Scene Unit are Lab Technicians. Lab Technicians work in the evidence lab examining evidence that was collected from crime scenes. Lab Technicians are highly trained and use advanced forensic examination techniques and equipment. The Crime Scene Unit has a response vehicle that is outfitted with the equipment and supplies needed to process major crime scenes.
- Crisis Negotiation Team
The Crisis Negotiation Team is a team of officers who are trained to talk with suicidal persons, barricaded persons, or hostage takers in high-risk situations with the goal of resolving situations peacefully. Although negotiation is the preferred method of resolution, the Crisis Negotiation Team also works closely with the Eau Claire Police Department’s Tactical Response Team. All members of the team have completed a Basic Hostage Negotiation Training Program and many have completed additional specialized training programs.
- Firearms Unit
The ongoing training of police officers in the usage of firearms is essential to public safety. Officers of the Eau Claire Police Department are required to successfully complete several shoots per year utilizing multiple weapon systems. The goal of these shoots is to provide opportunities for officers to maintain proficiency in regard to their firearms related skills as well as their decision making tactics. The State of Wisconsin Training and Standards Bureau requires all Wisconsin sworn police officers to pass minimum shooting standards on an annual basis. While the Eau Claire Police Department’s monthly shoot requirements for each officer far exceed those set by the state, mandatory formal qualification shoots were scheduled for all personnel beginning in 2014 and continue to be a part of the department’s firearms program.
- Force Options
The Eau Claire Police Department Force Options team is comprised of sworn officers who are tasked with training sworn department members in the areas of use of force as delineated and governed by the Defensive and Arrest Tactics (DAAT) system. The Force Options Team trains officers in the techniques of use of force as well as through scenario based training. The team provides training for probationary employees at scheduled intervals throughout the officer’s first year of employment and conduct skills and scenario training for our entire department during our annual in-service.
- Gang Intelligence Unit
The Gang Intelligence Unit is comprised of sworn personnel who have been trained to detect gang activity and membership. Each member specializes in knowledge of a particular gang. Gang Intelligence Unit members also attend gang conferences and seminars. Members of this unit maintain a network with other departments within Wisconsin as well as other states with an ultimate goal of reducing crime related to illegal gang activity.
- Honor Guard
The Honor Guard formally represents the Eau Claire Police Department at numerous events including department ceremonies, law enforcement recruit graduations, law enforcement funerals, sporting events, Special Olympics events and more. All honor guard members are trained in the professional and ceremonial protocols involved with these events.
- Police Training Officers (PTOs)
Police Training Officers are responsible for training new officers during the initial phases of their career. PTOs ride along and supervise the probationary officers while also educating them on the processes of being a police officer in the City of Eau Claire.
- Tactical Response Team
The Tactical Response Team (SWAT Team) is trained to deal with high risk or situations involving individuals who are likely to be violent or armed. These officers participate in monthly training that prepares them for handling such things as hostage situations, barricaded persons, suicidal individuals, terrorist threats, etc. These officers are well equipped and well trained to handle a wide variety of circumstances.
- Technical Services Unit
The Technical Services Unit is trained and equipped to provide surveillance through camera set-ups, GPS devices and other technology.