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Dane County Sheriff's Office

Specialized Teams

Dive Team

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office has an eight-person dive team, comprised of a team leader, divemaster, and six other divers. All divers are sworn staff. The team trains during most months throughout the year in preparation for team call-outs. They receive additional training in ice dives, underwater evidence recovery, dry-suit certification, and advanced open water diving.

The Dane County Dive Team Mission

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team's mission is to make every effort to locate and recover victims and/or evidence submerged in any body of water in Dane County or another county/municipality in Wisconsin upon request for mutual aid. Divers abide by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office core values and are committed to supporting a safe and equitable community through professional service and partnerships.

 Dane County K9 unit team

K9 Unit

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office has used canines since as early as 1901. The current K-9 program has been in place since 1982, making it the longest-serving K-9 Unit in Dane County.

Many dedicated deputies and canines have served on the unit. The K-9 Unit currently consists of five teams. Each team consists of a handler (deputy) and their canine partner. There are four patrol teams, and one explosives detection team.

Dane County K9 Inc.

Dane County K9 Inc an organization comprised entirely of volunteers dedicated to helping the Dane County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit meet its current and long-term funding needs. Dane County K9 has filed for non-profit status – 501(c)3. If you are interested in additional information about Dane County K9 Inc., please go to or  

Funding received through Dane County K9 Inc. helps purchase special equipment, pay for advanced training, and offset other costs the handlers would incur personally without the assistance of Dane County K9. To make a donation to the organization, please visit their website here.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program (UAV)

Six pilots are assigned to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Team. The team is equipped with equipment that enables them to conduct flights both inside of buildings and outdoors. Having the capability to fly both inside and outside enhances the level of safety we can provide to the citizens of Dane County as well as to law enforcement personnel.  

Deployment standards are governed by the Sheriff’s Office Policy and Procedures with final authorization required by the Program Administrator or their designee. Deployments that fall outside of policy and procedures are authorized on a case by case basis.  

Deployments typically fall into one of these categories:

•    Search and Rescue Operations
•    Natural Disaster Assessment
•    Crowd Monitoring  
•    Vehicle Crash Investigations
•    Criminal Investigations
•    Mutual Aid Requests
•    Barricaded Persons
•    Fire Scene Investigations
•    Crime Scene Documentation
•    Locate fleeing felons

Motorcycle Unit

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office has a long history of utilizing motorcycles to assist in traffic safety efforts. From the early days of motorcycling through today, the efficiency and effectiveness of motorcycle use in law enforcement has been recognized on our streets and highways.

In 2000, our motor unit completed a major upgrade in equipment and training. Each motor officer is required to complete a rigorous 80 hour police officer motorcycle operator course that is widely considered to be the most challenging training in law enforcement. Additionally, our motor officers receive on the job training, tactical motor officer training, stress training, and vehicle escort training. Because riding skills are perishable, motor officer training is never complete. Annual basic and advanced level training sessions ensure our riders are prepared to ride at the highest skill level.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office Motor Unit currently consists of five trained riders who operate Harley Davidson motorcycles. Team member candidates are identified through an internal selection process. Candidates do not become team members until and unless they successfully complete the initial training process. After training, riders earn their “Wheel and Wings” insignia.

The team owns and operates a six place motorcycle trailer. In addition to transporting motorcycles, the motor unit uses the trailer as a mobile classroom and enclosed work space during large scale deployments.

Two members of the motor unit act as motor officer instructors. These two instructors are the lead workers for the team. They coordinate all training. They also assist other agencies in the training of their motor officers. Additionally, the instructors plan, coordinate, and facilitate vehicle escorts and deployments for large scale events.

The Motor Unit is utilized for traffic safety efforts, dignitary security escorts, vehicle escorts, and large scale events. Large Scale events have included fireworks shows, triathlons, parades, concerts, and more.

Being on a motorcycle allows easy public access to our team members. They enjoy having the friendly conversations with citizens that the open access of being on a motorcycle allows.

Say hello the next time they are in your area!

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