Special Operations Command

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The Special Operations Command (SOCOM) consists of Air Operation Bureau (AOB), Special Weapons and Tactics Teams (SWAT), the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT), and the Statewide Weapons of Mass Destruction Team (SWMDT).

The Air Operations Bureau (AOB) oversees aircraft and flight crews based regionally to respond to emergencies in a timely fashion. Highly trained expert pilots respond to manhunts, missing persons calls, conduct air speed details and surveillance support, and serve several other high threat or high value asset missions in fixed wing aircraft. AOB Pilots are highly trained professionals, requiring a private pilot license, instrument rating, commercial license, and other requirements. AOB Pilot training can take up to three years to complete.

Four ISP SWAT teams serve throughout Illinois, addressing a wide range of threats and emergencies. The teams use extensive training in order to deal with many complex threats and emergencies ranging from the search of missing persons to dealing with armed threats. Selection as an ISP SWAT Operator is highly demanding and highly competitive. Once selected, new operators are exposed to some of the most rigorous and challenging training afforded to law enforcement in the United States.

The SWAT team is a part of The State Weapons of Mass Destruction team (SWMDT), a coalition of emergency response personnel with the ability and training to respond to chemical, biological, nuclear, and explosive threats, where chemical or human threats must be addressed. The Illinois State Weapons of Mass Destruction Team (SWMDT) was formed due to an initiative by the Illinois Governor’s office in late 1999 to provide the State with an all-inclusive team that could respond to a human threat during a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) or terrorism event. The SWMDT would be called out as a support or specialized strike team to an incident that could potentially have terrorism or WMD threats. The team also provides specialized monitoring at large events and dignitary functions throughout the state to provide additional security to our citizens. The team is funded through Homeland Security Federal Grant Program Funds.