In 2018, the police department created a forth division to accompany Patrol, Detectives, and Administration. The new division was called the Special Operations Division. It includes specialized units which do not neatly fall within the other three divisions. Included in this division are the following:
Tippecanoe Drug Task Force
Analysis and Response Center
Street Crimes Unit
Highway Interdiction Team
Crime Analysis Unit
The primary object of the newly formed division is to proactively address the most significant crime problems facing the City. In order to accomplish this mission, the Division focused on conducting specialized unit and patrol operations and helped inform detective investigations. The Special Operations Division collected and developed criminal intelligence, pushing this out to the units and front-line officers who were able to make the biggest impact on the problem.
Over the course of 2019, Captain Brian Gossard commanded the Special Operations Division, which comprised 58 sworn and civilian positions. The Division worked to identify crime problems, develop plans to address the problems, and analyze operational effectiveness. Information and intelligence from the other three divisions supplemented these efforts and made these operations possible.
The division also self-initiates investigations and develops intelligence on covert criminal activity in the Lafayette area including: