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Metro Division Organization

A Police Captain III is the Commanding Officer for Metro and a Police Captain II serves as the Assistant Commanding Officer for the Division.  Under the direction of the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau (CTSOB) and the Special Operations Group (SOG), they exercise line command over the operations of Metropolitan Division.

There are four field platoons (A Platoon, B Platoon, C Platoon, G Platoon), four specialized platoons (D Platoon, E Platoon, H Platoon, K9 Platoon), and an operations platoon (M Platoon); all platoons are supervised by a Lieutenant II as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC).

A Platoon, B Platoon, C Platoon, and G Platoons are the citywide Tactical Response Teams (TRTs) and are the core of Metro's community-based policing efforts.  The Platoons are each assigned to one of the four city-wide Bureaus.  Each Platoon will be composed of a Community Liaison Officer, a training cadre, a Crime Impact Team, and Tactical Support Platoon (TSP) members to better address the needs of the Department desires of the community.

In addition, they provide security at high profile events such as the Academy Awards, Emmy, and Grammy awards, and championship sporting events.  These Platoons are tasked also with the protection of Dignitaries, as well as high profile individuals, and work closely with the United States Secret Service, and the Department of State to provide protection for the President of the United States and foreign head of state.

An auxiliary duty of the TRTs, is to provide firearms training to thousands of in-service personnel annually.  They also perform Rapid Extraction and Dismantling (RED).  The highly trained teams extricate suspects participating in unlawful civil disobedience, respond to crowd control events, mass arrest events and support SWAT as tactically necessary.

D Platoon, also known as Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT), provides the Department with 24-hour coverage necessary for immediate response to barricaded suspects, snipers, crisis and hostage negotiations, potential suicide related situations, and other high-risk incidents, in addition to its crime suppression assignments.  Rapid deployment, surprise, extensive tactics training and thorough planning are the hallmark of successful SWAT operations.

All SWAT team members receive extensive training in weapons and tactical proficiency.  SWAT will serve high-risk warrants, assist or handle dignitary protection details, conduct a variety of crime suppression missions throughout the city and provide training on various tactical disciplines for Department personnel and outside agencies.  Such as Crisis Negotiation Training (CNT), Counter Terrorism and building searches.  SWAT makes extensive use of crisis negotiation training and techniques to resolve the many barricade, hostage, and potential suicide-related situations to which they are required to respond.

E Platoon (Mounted Unit) began as a volunteer program and was formally integrated into the Department in 1988. The Platoon currently has 28 horses located in a state-of-the-art equestrian complex known at the Ahmanson Equestrian Facility. Officers and their horses deploy on City streets or during special events and add to the Department’s professional image. Beyond that, the Mounted Platoon performs crime suppression duties and responds to crowd control incidents.

K9 Platoon deploys highly trained handlers and their canine partners to assist any Department entity with searches for felony suspects, armed misdemeanor suspects, and crucial evidence recovery.  The dogs are agile, well disciplined, and often sacrifice their lives for officer safety. K9 personnel are deployed around-the-clock, seven days a week.

H Platoon, Municipal Executives Protection Detail, is responsible for providing security of the City Leaders, including the Mayor and Chief of police, as needed.  Metropolitan Division officers assigned to this detail have received extensive training in dignitary protection and maintain ongoing liaisons with various local federal agencies. Metro officers assigned to this platoon are usually tenured with years of protection detail experience under their belts.

M Platoon personnel provide the administrative, support, training, and logistic functions for the Division.  In addition to the administrative duties, they coordinate Metro’s many tactical and firearm training programs, ensure compliance with state-mandated (POST) training, and maintain the extensive armory of specialized weapons for Metropolitan Division personnel.

The Metro Operations Section (MOS) of M Platoon provides administrative support for the Division. It is comprised of sworn and civilian personnel.

The Metro Crime Analysis Detail (MetroCAD) serves as the Crime and Community Intelligence Center and liaisons with the Department’s Community Safety Operations Centers (CSOC), the Geographical Areas, and Command Staff to coordinate the city-wide deployment of Metro resources.  MetroCAD personnel track the daily deployment of all Platoons and monitor the redeployment of resources, as needed.

The Training Coordination Unit (TCU) ensures compliance with state-mandated (POST) training within Metro, oversees in-service training, and coordinates significant Department-wide training such as Mobile Field Force, MACTAC, and firearms training.

The Armory fills the logistical needs of the Division and houses all the weaponry systems utilized by Metro, including the Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Vehicle (B.E.A.R.) Cub and B.E.A.R. Cat ballistic vehicles.  Metropolitan Division Armory is responsible for the purchasing, servicing, assignment, and tracking of all equipment assigned to Metropolitan Division. The personnel assigned to the Armory receive extensive weapons training. Armory personnel respond to all SWAT operations in support capacity. Armory personnel are also responsible for testing evaluation of weapons systems and tactical equipment used by Metro personnel.

The Underwater Dive Unit (UDU) is permanently staffed by a Sergeant and a select number of sworn personnel assigned to Metro. The balance of the cadre is comprised of officers assigned throughout the Department on an on-call basis. The UDU is responsible for investigations of underwater crime scenes in the City of Los Angeles, Narcotic vessel hull searches, Reservoir and Dam searches and inspections, Vehicle search and recovery operations, Offshore Oil Rig searches and investigations and missions involving Homeland Security in the Port of Los Angeles. The permanent employees, assigned to Metro, are responsible for maintaining the UDU boats, the call out response vehicle, and all dive equipment, as well as responding to dive searches and call-outs.