Special Operations Bureau

Deputy Chief
Isaac Atencio

Lt. Tyrone Farillas
Lt. Tyrone Farillas

Lt. Stefhan Bennett


Captain Carroll Mays

The Investigations Bureau is comprised of 10 detective squads and support units that follow-up felony and misdemeanor crimes reported in the field. They strive to bring reported crimes to a successful conclusion by thorough and diligent investigatory methods and frequent interaction with the Salt Lake City Prosecutor and the Salt Lake County District Attorney.

The Special Operations Bureau contains a number of specialty functions to address community needs and support the many functions of a police agency. The Special Operations Bureau is commanded by a Deputy Chief and two Lieutenants with responsibility for the following squads.

  • Motorcycle Squad

    Motors consists of many well-trained motorcycle riders who are responsible for traffic enforcement throughout the City.  The motorcycle squad utilizes BMW and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which enable the officers to move freely through congested traffic and more effectively accomplish their mission.

    The squad trains on a regular basis so the officers can maintain their skills and their safety while working in highly-congested areas as well as all of the special functions they work throughout the year.

    The unit deploys City-wide to address major traffic concerns, and it responds to citizen complaints in neighborhoods.  Motors officers educate the public about safe driving while enforcing the laws.

    The squad works many special events during the year, including parades, funerals, sporting events, runs, and more.  The squad is mostly known for its precision riding during the 24th of July parade, which is attended by thousands of community members.


  • Safe Streets Task Force

    SSTF – The Salt Lake City Police Department Gang Unit has partnered with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force in an effort to combat gang involved crime on both a local and multi State level. SLCPD currently has one Investigator assigned to the Task Force along with other agencies along the Wasatch front. Investigators assigned to the Task Force are cross-deputized as federal agents to allow them more avenues of resolution to gang involved crime.

    The FBI SSTF conducts long term investigations using numerous methods of investigation to accomplish its mission. The partnership allows the SLCPD Gang Unit to work cases that may cross State lines resulting in multi-State prosecution. The SSTF works closely with the office of the Salt Lake County District Attorney as well as the United States  Attorney’s office for resolution.


  • S.W.A.T.

    The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team is comprised of many well-trained police officers with the mission to save lives.  Their training is based on saving the lives of the citizens in our community whose security is threatened and the lives of law enforcement personnel who become faced with unusually hazardous situations.  The team trains regularly in an effort to perfect their weapons skills, their tactics to resolve the high hazard incidents and their physical fitness level.

    Deployment Situations include but are not limited to:
    •    High hazard search and arrest warrants
    •    Barricaded suspects
    •    Hostage situations
    •    Dignitary protection
    •    Any mission requiring a tactical team effort. (Search and rescue, manhunts, etc.)

  • Domestic Violence

    The mission of the Domestic Violence Unit is to assist victims of domestic violence and to hold domestic violence perpetrators accountable for acts of violence.

    The DVU handles all crimes that by state code qualify as “Domestic Violence.” To be classified as domestic violence, the involved parties have to be related by blood or marriage, have a child in common, or have lived together. This includes roommates, spouses, domestic partners, adult siblings, adult children, parents, etc.

    Besides handling all domestic violence crimes, the DVU also investigates stalking and electronic harassment cases.  In this day and age of Facebook, smart phones and the Internet, electronic harassment cases are an ever-increasing problem. For stalking cases, investigators need two or more documented (reported) stalking incidences before pursuing stalking charges against a suspect. If a person feels they are a victim of stalking, they need to contact the police department and file a police report on every incident. This can also assist them in getting a court order called a “stalking injunction.”

    The Domestic Violence Unit is housed in the Center for Families at 310 E. 300 S. on the campus of the YWCA. Also housed in the Center for Families is the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center, which is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Some of the services available at the Family Justice Center

    1. Support groups
    2. Temporary shelter (YWCA)
    3. Short-term therapy
    4. Victim advocacy
    5. Employment assistance (Workforce Services)
    6. Salt Lake City Prosecutor’s Office (meet with an Assistant Prosecutor)
    7. Domestic Violence Unit (file a police report, meet with a detective)
    8. Assistance with obtaining protective orders (Legal Aid)
    9. Sexual assault forensic exams

    The DVU is made up of five detectives and one sergeant.

    In 2012 the DVU was assigned 2,090 active cases, from which officers made 1,166 arrests.

  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

    Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) include specially-trained law enforcement officers. These officers are trained in tactics to effectively deal with a situation involving a person experiencing a mental health crisis.

    This program is a statewide program that builds strong working partnerships between law enforcement agencies and the mental health resources they utilize. These partnerships bring law enforcement and mental health services together instead of working independently on mental health issues.

    Visit CIT Website

  • Community Intelligence Unit (CIU)

    The Salt Lake City Police Department has a special unit devoted to grassroots problem-solving within the community. The Community Intelligence Unit (CIU) has seven officers who attend monthly community council meetings within the City’s seven City Council Districts. While CIU officers share and receive a lot of information at these meetings, it is daily interaction with residents that fosters the trust necessary to tackle public safety issues together.

    If you have a problem in your neighborhood—from graffiti to loud parties, drug dealers to gangs—your CIU officer is ready to connect you with the law enforcement and community resources necessary to address the issue. Feel free to contact yours directly.

    Visit CIU Website

  • Personnel Services/Budget and Compliance Unit

    The department’s personnel service clientele include department employees, Salt Lake City administration and City Council. Also included are vendors who do business with the department, as well as multiple outside federal, state and local municipalities.

    Services provided to those clients include annual budget preparation and monthly financial status reporting on multiple funds within the department, as well as federal/state grant status reports. All traditional accounting functions are provided and include purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, deposits, related training/travel advances and reconciliations.

    Administrative personnel work closely with other city departments to provide support on inventory management/control, payroll, facility services, fleet services, stores ordering, police chaplain training, recruitment and other special projects as assigned.

    They also work in conjunction with city assigned human resource consultants and associates to provide all traditional human resource needs, including civil service processes for applicant recruiting, testing, backgrounds and hiring. These human resource professionals work closely with department employees on interpretation of multiple union and working agreements, including all federal employment benefit programs.