The Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Office of Capitol Police has formed a team of officers specially trained to respond to critical incidents. With the regularity of large crowds visiting the Capitol Complex District for legislative session and committee meetings each year, the potential for a critical incident is always prevalent. DPS/Capitol Police recognized the vital need and created a Critical Incident Team, currently known as the Special Operations Team (SOT).
The mission of the Capitol Police Special Operations Team is to immediately respond to a critical incident within the Capitol Complex Improvement District and assume control. In addition to critical incident response, the Capitol SOT provides security to dignitaries within the Capitol Complex and the Governor’s Mansion when needed.
The Capitol SOT is also responsible for Crisis and Hostage Negotiation, Dignitary and Judicial Protection, and assisting in the apprehension of fugitives and violent suspects.