Special Operations Division

Lieutenant Bill Cowan is the Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Division.

The mission of the Special Operations Division is to provide expertise in critical incident management and to work in partnership with the various social and departmental entities to enhance overall public safety. Special Operations is also committed to supporting local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure a cooperative, successful and unified effort to protect and serve people in all communities.

The Special Operations Division is the support branch of the Gulf Shores Police Department. We are tasked with operating the following.

  • Special Events 
  • Special Response Team (SRT)
  • Firearms & Tactics Training
  • Community Affairs
  • Detention Facility
  • Personnel / Training 
  • Community Service Officers
  • Public Information & Social Media