When a situation requires advanced equipment and trained personnel, the department depends on our Special Weapons and Tactics Team. Officers make application for the team and undergo a rigorous selection process for placement on the team. The team is selected from volunteers within the different divisions of the department.
Officers are highly trained and motivated for the successful resolution of any tactical incident. These officers attend monthly training in all aspects of tactical operations including less than lethal weapons, chemical agents, distraction devices, operational planning, and firearms. Our tactical unit is complete with negotiator, entry, and counter-sniper marksman positions.
Officer Jeff Padier and Cupa form the police department's canine unit.
Cupa is a Belgian Malinois male and joined the department in 2016. Cupa has been trained extensively in drug detection, tracking and patrol functions. A large portion of the cost of establishing the canine unit was funded by seized assets of convicted drug dealers.
Accident Reconstruction Team
The Paris Police Department maintains a team of 4 officers who have advanced training in accident reconstruction. These officers investigate all vehicle crashes in which a life is lost or major property damage takes place.