Special Operations Division

Special Operations Division

Lieutenant Alan Carpenter is the Commanding Officer of the Special Operations Division.

The mission of 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

Public Safety Academy

Detention Facility

Personnel / Training 

Beach Enforcement Officers (Seasonal)

Animal Control

Public Information & Social Media