Specialized Units

K-9 Unit

The K-9 unit has two narcotics detection K-9s. Narcotics detection K-9’s are trained to recognize the odors of narcotics. Our narcotics detection K-9s are used for traffic stops, search warrants, and demonstrations.

Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT)

SWAT is a volunteer team of RHPD officers with advanced training in tactical operations. The team is used for search warrants, hostage situations, and any high risk activities.

Hostage Negotiations

Hostage negotiators are officers with specialized training in talking to people who are threatening violence. The Richmond Hill Police Department currently had two officers who are trained in hostage negotiations.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

The RHPD UAV (also known as a "drone") is primarily used to locate missing persons and locate fleeing suspects. The UAV is also used to assist other departments within the city such as planning and zoning. RHPD has three officers who are highly trained and licensed to operate the UAV.