Special Investigations Section- Tactical/Intelligence


The Tactical and Intelligence Group consists of two squads that are assigned to the Special Investigation Section of the Investigative Services Bureau. The squads are the Special Assignment Unit (SAU)/SWAT and the Criminal Intelligence Unit. Each squad is led by a sergeant, and the sergeants are supervised by a lieutenant.

The Scottsdale Police Department SWAT team was established in 1992, and is a fully functional tactical emergency response team. The SWAT team exists to resolve high risk situations as safely as possible. Some examples of situations that would require the deployment of the SWAT team include:

  • Armed and barricaded subjects
  • Hostage situations
  • High risk search warrant service
  • Protection for Mobile Field Force
  • Open field tracking and search/rescue missions


The team is comprised of two entry squads, one precision rifle squad, a crisis negotiator team, a tactical medic squad, a technical operations squad, and is additionally supported by the Scottsdale PD K-9 unit and other support personnel. The ISB Commander, along with two Lieutenants are responsible for the SWAT team operations.


The SWAT team trains an average of 280 hours per year. To be considered for the SWAT team, Officers must pass physical, shooting, oral board and practical exercises, as well as a physical and psychological examination and administrative review. New SWAT Operators attend the Scottsdale PD Basic SWAT Operator School, and are then placed into a formal training program for approximately one year.


All Officers and SFD Medics assigned to the SWAT team are devoted to the protection of the citizens they serve, and the preservation of life.


Members of SWAT during training:             
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SWAT Team with Rescue vehicle:
  Swat Team

The Criminal Intelligence Unit consists of a Sergeant and several sworn and non-sworn personnel, including one Detective assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).


This unit investigates vice related crimes, massage parlor violations, sexually oriented businesses violations, conducts threat assessments, works closely with state and federal personnel on terrorism threats, and provide dignitary protection to high ranking officials that visit our City.


Member of the Intelligence Unit during Dignitary Detail:
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The Intelligence Specialist assists in the licensing of massage facilities, sexually oriented businesses, escorts, alarm companies, physic readers, and off-track betting.

The Criminal Intelligence Analyst provides support for the entire department. The analyst completes intelligence packages, link association charts, and other background information for the detectives.


Our civilian volunteer helps with record entry and maintenance as well as countless other assignments that come up.


If you would like to report suspicious activities or violations related to Prostitution, Massage Parlors, or Sexually Oriented Businesses, please contact us via the Scottsdale PD Tip-Line.


Click here to view the City of Scottsdale Massage Facility Ordinances



If you have questions regarding the licensing of massage facilities, sexually oriented businesses, or escorts you may contact Intelligence Specialist Steve Toubus at 480-312-2536 or stoubus@scottsdaleaz.gov .

Please visit these website for Terrorism Awareness information:
Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center
Department of Homeland Security     

For questions regarding this section you can contact:
Lt. Wasson      jwasson@scottsdaleaz.gov 


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