Officers applying for a position with the Tactical Enforcement Unit must successfully complete each of the following:
- Physical Fitness Test (conducted by NSCA)
- Combat Firearms Proficiency Course
- Oral Board Interview
- Psychological Screening Examination
- Drug Screening
The Tactical Enforcement Unit is a full-time team currently comprised of twelve operators and two sergeants. In addition, TEU can call upon members of the Special Response Team (SRT). This team is comprised of eight officers, drawn upon from patrol, that train with the tactical unit, and can augment TEU members during tactical operations.
Tactical Enforcement Unit members handle circumstances such as armed barricaded suspects, hostage situations, dignitary protection, fugitive apprehension, large-scale riots, counter terrorism activities, and executes all high-risk search warrants for the department as well as the Metro Vice/Narcotics Intellegence Unit. The unit conducts risk assessments on local schools, government buildings, critical infrastructure, and other high profile locations. These assessments compile crucial information that is helpful when responding to and managing critical incidents at specific locations. The Tactical Enforcement Unit averages approximately 140-150 high-risk operations per year.
The Specialized Enforcement Division K-9 Unit is comprised of ten officers with their canine partners. The K-9 unit deploys with TEU on a variety of tactical operations with a minimum of four on all tactical call-outs.
The Colorado Springs Police Department also employs a pool of trained negotiators as well. An on call team of 2-4 negotiators respond with the Tactical Unit during critical incident call-outs.
Medical support for the unit, while on all tactical operations, is provided by paramedics from the Colorado Springs Fire Department (TEMS) unit. These paramedics consistently train with TEU in team movements, officer/citizen rescues, and other operational specific tactics. TEMS is a routine activation for all high-risk operations.