Overview

The term Support Services / Special Teams is utilized to encompass the special duty functions and teams not specifically assigned to any division. These specialized units are the S.W.A.T. Team, Dive/Rescue Team, Bomb Squad, Crisis Negotiation Team and the Honor Guard.

Bomb Squad

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad was created in 1982. In 2003, the Marathon County Sheriff's Department created a Multi-Agency Regional Unit with the Oneida County Sheriff's Department and became the Marathon/Oneida County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad .

The team is comprised of sworn personnel from both the Marathon and Oneida County Sheriff's Departments.

The Bomb Squad is currently certified for the following operations:

•  Bomb Disposal
•  Hazardous Materials (Hazmat)
•  Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Crisis Negotiations Team

The Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) was formed in 2001. The purpose of the Crisis Negotiations Team is to facilitate a peaceful resolution to crisis situations such as hostage taking, barricadded subjects and suicidal subjects. Team priorities are Preservation of Life, Apprehension of the Subject, and Recovery and protection of property. The Team consists of members from the Sheriff's Department Corrections, Communications, Investigations, and Patrol Divisions, and they work closely with the Department's S.W.A.T. Team.

Dive/Rescue Team

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department Dive/Rescue Team is the only professionally equipped, trained, and experienced public safety dive team in Marathon County . The team provides dive support to all fire and law enforcement agencies in Marathon County . Furthermore, the team fulfills the Sheriff's statutory responsibility to recover bodies and objects in the waters of Marathon County .

The team is comprised of sworn and non-sworn personnel from the Patrol, Investigations and Corrections Divisions. Assignment to the team is voluntary and subject to a selection process. The assignment is outside of a person's regular duties.

The team performs the following functions:

•  Body search and recovery
•  Evidence search and recovery
•  Surface rescue
•  Underwater crime scene investigation
•  Underwater vehicle/object salvage

The team has the following capabilities:

•  All-season, all-weather diving
•  High line diving
•  Current diving
•  Vehicle salvage (up to 1 ton)
•  Completely mobile operations

Honor Guard

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard was formed in 1995. The team is a highly visible unit which has represented the department at many local and state functions as a Color Guard and Rifle Team. The members of the Honor Guard are assigned special ceremonial uniforms, which have gone through numerous upgrades over the years.

The Honor Guard has had the privilege of conducting the traditional 21-Gun Salute at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in 1996, 2001, 2005 and 2012 . In addition, members of the Honor Guard also took part in the posting of colors at the Dedication Ceremony for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial at the State Capitol.

The Honor Guard is comprised of sworn personnel from the Patrol and Investigations Divisions.

The Honor Guard has participative experience in the following:

•  Funerals & ceremonies honoring fallen comrades
•  Casket watches at law enforcement funerals
•  Flag Raising / Posting of Colors at official events
•  Traditional 21-gun salute at local and state-wide memorial ceremonies

S.W.A.T.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department S.W.A.T. Team was established in 1980. The team's primary functions are the response to high-risk tactical situations, armed/barricaded suspects, hostage situations, and the service of high-risk arrest/search warrants within Marathon County .

This multi-agency team is comprised of sworn officers from the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, Wausau Police Department, and Everest Metropolitan Police Department, in addition to TEMS personnel from the Wausau Fire Department and Aspirus Medevac.   Assignment to the team is voluntary and subject to a selection process. The assignment is outside of an officer's regular duties.