The Special Operations Division falls within the Field Operations Bureau. The Division provides 24-hour law enforcement services to the incorporated cities and Special Districts through law enforcement contracts. Additionally, the Special Operations Division encompasses the Marine Services and Air Support Units.
The Special Operations Division is commanded by a Captain, with individual departments, districts and units managed by a Lieutenant. The Captain works regularly with the Bureau Assistant Sheriff and the Patrol Division Commander.
As an alternative to establishing their own police departments, the Special Operations Division provides the overall police management of the following incorporated cities:
The Air Support Unit was established by the Office of the Sheriff in 1997 as an innovative means to better serve the public by reducing crime and increasing boater safety on the Bay and Delta waterways. The Air Support Unit is located at Buchanan Field in Concord. The Unit operates two STARR helicopters capable of performing a variety of missions to include search and rescue, short haul rescue operations, airborne fire suppression and tactical support to law enforcement personnel on both land and water.
The Marine Services Unit is comprised of the Marine Patrol and Dive Team. The Marine Patrol is located in Oakley and patrols over 200 miles of linear coastline from Discovery Bay to Richmond. The Marine Services Unit is also responsible for providing contractual law enforcement services to the Contra Costa Water District at Los Vaqueros Reservoir.
The Alameda Contra-Costa County Transit District works in conjunction with each other to provide police services to the ridership of the passengers who ride A.C. Transit bus lines. The A. C. Transit Unit patrols bus lines and through high visibility helps to ensure public safety in addition to enforcing state laws and local regulations. The A. C. Transit Police Services Unit began its contractual service model in 1989. The Unit has 1 Lieutenant, 7 Deputies and 1 Student Worker.