The special operations
division consists of the narcotics, street crimes, and interstate
interdiction units. Members of these units are all certified
police officers who have specialized training in specific areas
of law enforcement.
The narcotics division
is charged with the detection, investigation, and eradication
of the use, sale, and manufacture of illegal drugs. Everyone
is painfully aware that illegal drugs are a serious threat to
the safety and well-being of society. The narcotics unit uses
a number of methods to combat the drug problem in West Memphis.
The street crimes
unit works to eliminate and prevent crimes such as illegal gambling,
gang activity, and prostitution. These "street crimes"
often lead to violence and require special attention. The members
of the street crimes unit work closely with the members of the
The interstate interdiction
unit's job is the detection of illicit drugs and drug proceeds
traveling through the City of West Memphis on Interstates 40
and 55. Interstate interdiction officers utilize training, skill,
and technology to locate and seize drugs and money which are
commonly hidden in secret compartments in a suspect's vehicle.
This unit also uses police working dogs to aid in the detection