The Broken Arrow Police Department's Special Operations Team (SOT) was established in 1986 and consists of 39 members who specialize in the area of tactical response and hostage negotiations. SOT's main responsibilities consist of responding to armed and barricaded incidents, hostage situations, civil disorder and serving high-risk warrants. SOT is comprised of two groups: the Tactical Team and Crisis Negotiations Team.
The Tactical Team consists of 24 highly trained officers, as well as 5 Tactical Medics from the Broken Arrow Fire Department. The Tactical Team also has an Intelligence Investigator and a Technical Specialist who respond with the Team to critical incidents. The Tactical Team trains regularly on topics such as firearms, building searches, hostage rescue, various forms of breaching, and less lethal options, in order to effectively resolve critical incidents.
The Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) is made up of 8 officers. CNT’s primary mission is to resolve high-risk situations through communication rather than force. CNT also provides intelligence information that proves valuable to the Tactical Team.
The Special Operations Team is on call 24 hours a day for any unit within the department. SOT also assists other local, state and federal agencies with the resolution of critical incidents and high risk warrant services and conducts training for the Broken Arrow Police Department as well as other agencies.