Special Units

The Fort Wayne Police Department utilizes a number of specialty units both in day to day operations as well ceremonial functions.

The Air Support Unit is equipped to respond to multiple situations: active shooter; barricade; terrorist attack; natural disaster or other disaster response; geographical, environmental or other survey purposes unrelated to criminal justice purposes,  and aerial photographs or video of a motor vehicle accident site on a public street or public highway. The Unit members are federally certified to fly the department’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and are on-call 24/7. The officers typically work in a team of two: one officer will be the visual observer, who will assist with pre-flight, launch and landing procedures, as well as maintain situational awareness and communications with other on-scene law enforcement personnel, and the remote pilot in command will be piloting the UAS.

The Fort Wayne Police Department utilizes officers on bicycles and segways to patrol downtown and other areas of the city when weather permits.

The Fort Wayne Police Department Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program was implemented on August 1, 2001 in order to provide an immediate response by trained law enforcement officers to deal with persons in the Fort Wayne community who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The ultimate goal for the program is to divert persons with a mental illness from incarceration, and to treat the mental illness as the priority.

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The Crisis Response Team (CRT) was formed to respond to hostage, barricade situations, or suicidal incidents, which might require the use of negotiators. The ultimate goal of the CRT is to peacefully resolve all calls that they respond to, minimizing injury to officers, victims and suspects involved. The team consists of 14 law enforcement personnel from both FWPD and the local FBI office. As a specialty team under the organizational authority of the FWPD Special Operations Deputy Chief, it provides crisis negotiations support in close coordination with the Emergency Services Team (EST) under the scene authority of the designated Incident Scene Commander during a critical event involving barricaded suspect(s) and/or hostage-takers.

The Emergency Services Team (EST) exists to provide the City with the ability to successfully resolve extraordinary and volatile incidents, with as little loss of life and property as possible. Some of the situations responded to include: hostage situations, sniper situations, barricaded/suicidal subjects, high-risk warrant service, and high-risk stakeout details.

The Hazardous Devices Unit responds to an eleven county area in Northeastern Indiana as the primary response team to mitigate explosive hazards, military ordnance and improvised explosive threats.  It is also tasked with the response to any weapons of mass destruction incidents and performs multiple protective sweeps for the special events around the region.  The Unit consists of personnel trained in a variety of special disciplines to meet the needs of ensuring public safety.  Overseen by the Special Operations Deputy Chief, they work in conjunction with other specialty teams within the department and the region which they respond.

The Fort Wayne Police Department  honor guard represents the department at various public ceremonies and private functions. These officers are selected from members of the department and are highly trained in ceremonial duties.

The Fort Wayne Police Department utilizes K9 Officers as an integral part of the department whether searching for lost or missing persons, drugs, guns or aiding in apprehensions of dangerous suspects.

The Fort Wayne Police Department Pipe and Drum Corps is a group of talented officers that often perform in conjunction with the Honor Guard at various functions and ceremonies. They are highly professional and are often requested to perform by outside agencies.

The PSRT is a specially trained team that is responsible for responding on very short notice to serve the citizens of Fort Wayne during a time of civil unrest.  Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to: civil disturbances, protests, large public gatherings, dignitary protection, crowd control, and any other detail that requires the assistance of a large number of officers.