SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM
The West Plains Special Response Team was created in December of 2017 and consist of commissioned personnel from the West Plains Police Department. The West Plains Special Response Team is an “on-call” division that responds to multiple incidents to include barricaded subjects, search warrant execution, search and rescue, bomb threats, and planned events within the city where additional staffing is needed. The West Plains Special Response Team is also apart of the Region G All Hazards Team which consists of law enforcement, fire, and medical personnel that responds to hazardous incidents in the Region G area. The West Plains Special Response Team also includes members of the Crisis Negotiations Team and the K-9 Divisions. The team participates in multiple Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) saturations throughout the year where officers look for impaired drivers within the city limits of West Plains.
Lieutenant Kyle Ellison operates as the division commander for the Special Response Team. Sergeant Brady Grinnell is the Team Leader, and Corporal Brandon Stephens operates as the Assistant Team Leader. The Team Leader coordinates the team response, conducts incident briefings/debriefings, and schedules training for the members. At full staff, the team operates with ten commissioned officers, including supervisors from the department. The Chief of Police oversees all team operations.