Drugs and Vice
This unit of the Special Operations Division conducts overt and covert narcotic investigations. The unit is responsible for investigating the distribution, sale, and possession of illicit drugs in our communities as well as our streets and highways. The Drugs and Vice unit also investigates other criminal offenses such as illegal gambling and prostitution.
The K-9 Unit patrols Wake County, answers calls for service, and responds to requests from patrol units from other agencies. Such requests involve the tracking of suspects, missing persons, cadavers, and locating illicit drugs in vehicles, enclosed structures, and outdoor terrain. Members of the K-9 unit hold mandatory canine certifications and maintain superior physical condition. Each member is responsible for the care of their canine and are expected to respond at a moments notice.
Special Response Team
The SRT unit specializes in the area of high risk entries such as search warrants and felony warrant service, barricaded suspects, and active shooter incidents. The SRT unit is on call 24 hours a day to respond to these types of incidents as well as other tactical support operations for the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies. Each member of the SRT unit completed a rigorous try out process and are required maintain exceptional physical condition.
The Sheriff's Traffic Observation Patrol (STOP) Team detects and apprehends speeders, reckless drivers, and impaired drivers. In addition to these functions, the STOP Team operates checking stations and is an active member of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. Members of the STOP Team investigate speed complaints and conduct traffic safety seminars in our local communities and schools.
The Impact Team is designed to detect crimes and persons that commit them through aggressive traffic enforcement and patrol techniques. Through enforcement of traffic laws on Wake County Interstates, highways rural roads, and communities, the Impact Team helps improve traffic safety, which reduces potential accidents. By aggressive traffic enforcement by the team, roadside investigations involve seizures of drugs, currency, firearms and fugitives. The team is often assigned to work "High Crime" areas of Wake County to eradicate the element of criminal activity.
The Warrant Unit of the sheriff's office specializes in the service all criminal processes in Wake County. Each year the Warrant Unit serves a number of judicial processes such as, Orders for Arrest, Criminal Summons, Governor's Arrest Warrants, and other processes which involve locating and apprehending wanted persons. The Warrant Unit also conducts "Round-Ups" of persons eluding capture for such criminal offenses as child support warrants, and sex offender violations.
Wake County Task Force Members are assigned to Federal Task Forces to jointly investigate criminal activity that extends beyond local and state jurisdictions. Such Task Forces include; the United States Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). As a result of state and federal law enforcement agencies working together, resources are utilized to effectively eradicate the criminal element from Wake County.