Tactical Operations Unit (TOU)

Team & Responsibilities

The TOU was formed in January 2016 by Sheriff Ronald Silversmith. The team consists of an 11 man squad:
  • 5 Deputies
  • 2 Narcotics Agents
  • 2 Investigators
  • 1 Sergeant
  • 1 Lieutenant


This team was developed originally to address street level narcotics problems, but in time proved to be effective in many ways. Past assignments have included aggressive, surveillance and saturation patrols in areas with exceptionally high crime rates.

Education and Training

Each team member has extensive training in the detection and interdiction of narcotics, as well as search and seizure practices. Each member is equipped with tools such as Radar Units, Digital Phones, Portable Breathalyzers, Mobile Vision and Surveillance Cameras.


In addition to their specialized patrol assignments, the TOU performs many different operations. These operations include street level undercover drug buys, search warrant executions, and surveillance of persons or property as needed. The TOU is available by request to any agency in McKinley County having problems in a concentrated area.