The Special Operations Group (S.O.G.) is a twelve man tactical team consisting of Deputies of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Russell Police Department. The primary focus of this team is on being a life saving entity. We are a resource for Russell County specifically, and Kansas Law Enforcement, in general. Our philosophy reflects our most basic and fundamental commitment to the protection of those who are unable to protect themselves. All of the tactics and training are geared toward the avoidance of violence, when possible, and the judicious and precise application of force when necessary. All team members have attended a 40 hour basic SWAT School. All members are to attend 8 hours of training per month, along with learning and exercise programs.
This team, since its inception in 2003, has executed more than fifty drug and high risk warrants, negotiated the peaceful surrender of barricaded subjects, and employed special tactics to take several suicidal subjects into custody.
The team is comprised of snipers, Certified Meth Lab Techs, hostage negotiators, and tactical medics.