Special Operations Unit


The Special Operations Unit (SOU) is a multi-agency special weapons and tactics team tasked to deal with special threats that arise in Eagle County.


The team is staffed by officers and deputies from Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Police Department and Avon Police Department. Emergency first responder personnel from the Eagle County Ambulance District and trauma doctors from the Vail Valley Medical Center are the medical element of the SOU team.
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Avon Police has SWAT operators and negotiators on the SOU team. The SOU team is activated to deal with a variety of incidents. For example, search warrants, arrest warrants (of dangerous individuals), suicidal individuals, dignitary protection and possible hostage situations. Thankfully, these events do not occur very often in our community, but the team is always prepared and trains bi-monthly to maintain a high level of readiness.