BHPD Special Services Unit (SSU)

The Special Services Unit originally created in January 2008 was a combined team consisting of members from the Black Hawk Police Department and the Gilpin County Sheriff's Department.  In 2012 the Black Hawk Police Department created a standalone tactical team to handle incidents within the City of Black Hawk with the primary goal of safely resolving dangerous situations using advanced tactical skills and techniques.  Black Hawk Team members have other primary assignments within the organization and serve on the team on a part time basis.  The Special Services Unit members train monthly and respond to high-risk calls 24 hours a day.  Equipment used by the Special Services Unit was originally funded through a Justice Assistance Grant awarded to the Gilpin County Sheriff's Department and now maintained through the Black Hawk Police Department's budget.  Each member of the team is required to pass a competitive testing process, which includes a written assessment, oral board, physical agility test and the successful completion of a tactical school.  Team members must demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Critical Decision Makingssu
  • Communication Skills
  • Entry and Search Techniques
  • Less Lethal Techniques
  • Weapon Retention
  • Rappelling
  • Tactical Tracking
  • Surveillance
  • Special Weapons Usage
  • High Risk Rescue Techniques
  • Physical Agility

In addition to handling tactical situations, team members are responsible for providing tactical training to all members of the Black Hawk Police Department.  The Team plays a critical role in increasing the tactical competency of all officers within the organization.  The Unit has the added responsibility of helping casinos develop emergency response plans.  The Special Services Unit is generally available to any local, regional, state or federal law enforcement agency upon request. 

Contact Information

Sergeant Aaron Sheedy
(303) 582-5878

Mailing Address:
PO Box 68, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Physical Address:
221 Church Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Phone: (303) 582-0503 
Fax: (303) 582-5381