The MCSO Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit, established in 1971, responds throughout Southeastern Wisconsin for requests regarding explosives, suspicious packages and other specialized calls for service. The EOD unit also provides training to first responders in the areas of improvised explosive device (IED) recognition and containment.
The EOD unit maintains an arsenal of tools to detect, identify and render safe hazardous devices, including x-ray equipment, bomb suits, containment/transportation trailers and remote robotic systems. MCSO EOD technicians receive ongoing training to develop and maintain a high degree of proficiency in their field.
The Sheriff’s EOD unit has also partnered with the SWAT team in developing a seamless response to critical incidents, using explosive breaching and robotics to increase safety for officers, offenders and the public.
The Sheriff's Office provides a law enforcement presence at a variety of special events throughout Milwaukee County such as Milwaukee County Zoo events, USBank fireworks, Big Bang fireworks and the Milwaukee Harley Rally. The major events primarily take place at Milwaukee's beautiful lakefront in Veterans Park. However, there are many smaller festivities and events that occur throughout Milwaukee County's 150 parks and parkways, and private venues.
Deputies provide a safe, secure and family-friendly atmosphere for the thousands of visitors.
The Sheriff's Office Honor Guard Unit represents the agency at formal ceremonies and stands watch over law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) deputies are assigned to regular duties throughout the Sheriff's Office and respond when needed.
SWAT operations are divided into five specialized areas: a Command Post, Tactical Teams, Hostage Negotiators, K-9 Officer and Equipment Specialists.
Canine Patrol (K-9)
On occasion, you may be fortunate to site one of our expert canine officers in action. The dogs provide an officer with a very effective tool in discovering evidence, finding fleeing suspects, and providing a fearless partner. The canines are also loveable animals that form a strong bond with their human partners. Canine officers devote much time to training their dog. This important unit of the Sheriff's Office provides an essential tool in the pursuit of safer neighborhoods.
Bicycle officers are used during the months of April through November, weather permitting. They patrol the lakefront, various county parks and provide a welcome neighborhood presence. The officers spend much of their time listening to the concerns of citizens, helping those in need, giving friendly smiles and waves, and taking appropriate law enforcement action. They are a special part of our effort to partner with the community.
The Sherriff's Office boat is used during the months of May through September, weather permitting, to patrol the Lake Michigan waters adjacent to Milwaukee County. The officers enforce boating laws and perform search and rescue operations.