City of Binghamton, New York

Specialized Units

Binghamton Police – K-9 Unit

The Binghamton Police Department has four K-9 units. The K-9 handler and dog teams conduct searches of buildings, wooded areas and other places suited to search for criminal suspects or missing persons. They also detect the unlawful possession of narcotics, detect the odors and locations of explosive ordinances or certain chemicals/compounds used for explosive detonation. The K-9 teams are also used to retrieve articles of evidence.

Binghamton Police SWAT Team

Officers on patrol are highly trained in tactics and with the firearm they carry on duty. They are prepared to handle a host of situations, however there are times when a specialized unit is needed. The Binghamton police SWAT Team is made up of eight officers and one supervisor and is overseen by the Assistant Chief of Police in charge of operations. The members are highly trained and receive continuous specialized training in tactics and weapons to work as a team to counter special situations.

The Binghamton Police SWAT team also participates in the combined Metro SWAT Team. The Metro SWAT Team is made up of SWAT officers from the Binghamton Police Department, the Vestal Police Department and the Johnson City Police Department. They are responsible for handling any incidents that require SWAT response in these communities.

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 search warrants. The team training involves specialized tactics to enable them to end a situation 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.

Binghamton Police CRT (Community Response Team)

The Binghamton Police CRT (Community Response Team) is composed of a sergeant and four officers. The simple premise for the unit is that anything they can do to help the quality of life in our city is police work. Their goal is to work in an area together with the residents and reclaim it as a safe, clean, productive place to live and raise a family.

This team is based on a service-focused approach. This encourages active citizen participation. Their policing efforts continue to progress from reactive to proactive to coactive. With the police and the community working together, these collaborative partnerships have jointly identified, prioritized and successfully solved problems.

The area of the City in which the CRT Team works is determined by need.

Hostage Negotiation Team

Although police officers are trained to deal with a wide range of situations concerning how to deal with emotionally or mentally disturbed citizens, the need sometimes arises for additional skills that the average patrol officer does not possess.

The Hostage Negotiation Team has the responsibility of responding to any situation that requires specialized negotiation skills. It is the objective of the team to preserve life and defuse volatile situations through negotiation, rather than using force. These situations include, but are not limited to, the following: hostage situations, barricaded persons, mentally challenged persons, and civil unrest. The Hostage Negotiation Team is sometimes deployed in conjunction with the SWAT Team.