The Special Operations Division of the FCSO lives by the motto “train hard…for the day will come”. The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team trains regularly for hostage and barricaded armed suspect scenarios to maintain a constant state of tactical readiness. The FCSO Bloodhound Tracking Team also is an integral part of the FCSO response to volatile situations. Under the leadership of the Captain, the training department ensures that each deputy within the FCSO receives the proper training. The School Resource Office (SRO) Program has sworn deputies assigned to schools within Florence County acting as a liaison between the Sheriff’s Office, the school, and the community, gathering intelligence on gang activity, burglaries, juvenile crime, etc. They also enforce state laws and County Ordinances while at schools and related functions throughout the community. Officers also assist other divisions within the Sheriff’s Office. The Public Relations Sergeant’s responsibility is educating the public about crime prevention through citizen awareness programs. The Special Events Lieutenant coordinates Camp Pee Dee Pride, as well as special projects such as the Annual FCSO Fishing and Golf Tournaments, which raise money to support Camp Pee Dee Pride. The Explorer Camp and BLAST Camp also provide youth with insight into law enforcement while participating in an educational camp. As a part of the Special Operations Division, the Courtroom Division, supervised by a Lieutenant and Sergeant, provides courtroom security to protect the lives and welfare of county judges, staff, jurors, and the general public while in court sessions.