Special Operations Division

Traffic Complaint? 

To report an ongoing traffic issue or request specific increased enforcement, email Lieutenant Parson or call (972) 721-7835.

The Special Operations Division consists of the following sections:

  • Traffic
  • Tactical
  • Vice and Narcotics


The Traffic Section is made up of several units, each with its own specific goals and functions:

Motorcycle Unit

Eleven officers and a sergeant tasked primarily with traffic enforcement, with particular attention devoted to hazardous violations. Their main focus areas are the various highways throughout Irving and other high-accident locations. They also maintain a heavy presence in school zones. Traffic complaints reported by citizens are evaluated by the motorcycle officers and, when warranted, an enforcement plan is implemented to address the concern.

DWI Unit

Five officers and a sergeant focus on Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) enforcement. Along with other members of the Traffic Section, they are part of the team that responds to fatality and other serious accidents. They are responsible for investigating any intoxication offenses involved in those accidents. Another of their duties is to give educational presentations about DWI prevention to schools, corporations and other community groups. In addition, the DWI Sergeant manages the department’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement program that conducts inspections of large commercial vehicles to ensure they are operated safely on the city’s roadways.

Hit and Run Unit

Two officers investigate all hit and run accidents that are not suspended in the field due to lack of leads. They are trained in various advanced accident investigative techniques and are part of the team that investigates fatality and other serious accidents.

Special Events Unit

One sergeant reviews, permits, coordinates and staffs all special events and off-duty jobs requiring officers for traffic control and other safety concerns. He also supervises the Hit & Run Unit.


Tactical team

The Tactical Team consists of 1 commander (lieutenant), 3 team leaders (sergeants), and 28 operators (officers and sergeants) that work primary assignments throughout the department, but volunteer to fill this ancillary assignment as well. The unit supports the department's operational goals by providing technically proficient, emotionally stable and physically fit officers for addressing a variety of critical incidents and hazardous operations. The unit's primary function is addressing special threat situations including serving high-risk search and arrest warrants, dignitary protection, barricaded suspects, hostage rescue, counter-terrorism, and engaging heavily-armed suspects. The duties include scouting, planning, training, and executing operational plans that involve perimeter work, breaching, entry, and deployment of chemical agents. Seven members of the team have an additional designation as snipers, whose duties include developing and communicating intelligence information to the tactical command staff and operators. They work in pairs acting as a rifleman and an observer to provide protection and guidance for the entry team. 

Tactical Medics

Seven Irving Fire Department Paramedics are assigned and trained to work with the SWAT Team. The medics are to provide medical support during tactical operations.

Bomb Squad

Bomb Squad consists of a Commander and 5 Bomb Technicians. These officers are required to complete the FBI Hazardous Device School. The purpose of the team is to render safe and/or remove suspected IEDs, explosives, explosive chemicals, pyrotechnics and ammunition. The team is trained and assists the Tactical Unit with their explosive breaching capabilities.

Crisis Negotiators

The Crisis Negotiators team is made up of 1 sergeant and 6 officers. The purpose of the team is to resolve all conflicts through negotiations with the utmost regard for human life in an attempt to bring all incidents to a peaceful resolution.

Vice and Narcotics

The Vice unit is tasked with the suppression of prostitution, human trafficking, illegal gambling, sexually oriented business violations, child pornography and other child exploitation offenses, and enforcement of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission laws governing the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

The suppression of illegal vice activities is accomplished through proactive investigations that stem from citizen complaints, surveillance, working with cooperating individuals and undercover operations. They also work with multiple federal agencies on larger investigations such as money laundering, narcotics trafficking and human trafficking.

If you have information or a tip that you would like to pass on to vice or narcotics investigators, email the Vice and Narcotics unit or call (972) 721-6965.