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Special Activated Units
Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU)
This unit responds to organized protests where the likelihood of civil disobedience or outright riot exists.

Disaster Response Team
This unit responds to assist other cities throughout South Carolina and the Southeast in natural disaster situations.

Explosive Devices Unit
The “Bomb Squad” works closely with SWAT and hostage units in barricaded-suspect situations.

Honor Guard
This unit serves the department, the city, and neighboring agencies, providing Presentation of Colors at public and formal events, inspection, and police funerals.

Hostage Negotiation Unit
This unit’s members respond to many crises with the SWAT team, including barricaded suspects and hostage situations, as well as suicidal subjects.

Pipes & Drums
The band travels much of the Lowcountry as well as the southeastern United States performing at parades, public events, Scottish highland games, and funerals.

Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT)
This unit is deployed in situations of high risk including felony and drug search warrants, hostage situations, and barricaded suspects.

Underwater Recovery Unit
The Underwater Recovery Unit works in conjunction with the Marine Patrol unit in searches for missing persons, vehicles, and evidence in Charleston Harbor, local rivers, and lakes.

K-9 Unit