The Special Operations Unit is comprised of the Street Crimes, Traffic, and K-9 Units. The unit commander is Captain David Huffschmidt. Captain Huffschmidt served three years on active duty in the U.S. ARMY before joining the MARTA Police Department in 2001. Captain Huffschmidt became a member of the Sandy Springs Police Department in 2008. He has had the opportunity to serve citizens throughout his career including assignments on patrol, Explosives Detection, K-9 Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Street Crimes Unit, and Commander of the North Metro SWAT Team. You may contact him at 770-551-3328 or via E-Mail .
Street Crimes Unit (SCU)
The Street Crimes Unit (SCU) was formed in February 2014 to proactively address street level criminal activity in the city. The unit is part of the Special Operations Division and has five investigators who operate under the supervision of Sergeant Scott Levy. You can contact him by E-Mail or by phone at 770-551-6946.
The SCU supports the Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations Division, and the Special Investigations Unit. The Street Crimes Unit works closely with the Criminal Intelligence Unit to identify and target crime trends, crime series, prolific offenders, and problem areas affecting the city. This collaboration with other units and divisions allows the SCU to complete complicated missions, details, and investigations. The SCU focuses primarily on Entering Auto, Burglary, Robbery, and Gang Investigations, as well as executing arrest and search warrants. They also work with the United States Marshal's Office, as well as other Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies.
The Traffic Unit operates under the supervision of Sergeant David Lapides and is part of the Special Operations Division. Sergeant Lapides can be reached via E-Mail or by phone at 770-551-6933; or Sgt. Tim Sheffield at 770.551.6918.
The Traffic Unit is responsible for traffic enforcement, traffic complaint follow up, fatality crash investigations and hit and run investigations. The DUI officers are focused on DUI enforcement and reduction activities. The Traffic Unit is involved in several programs aimed at reducing traffic crashes.
The K-9 Unit operates under the supervision of Sergeant Scott Laughman and is part of the Special Operations Unit. The unit currently has four K-9 teams and will be adding another in the summer of 2016. The patrol K-9s are Belgian Malinois. They assist officers in the apprehension of suspects, lost person location, evidence recovery, narcotics detection, officer and citizen protection, crime prevention and favorable public relations promotion and deterrence of criminal activity. They also provide high-community visibility to promote a sense of security among the public.
Sergeant Scott Laughman has been in law enforcement for over 20 years. His background consists of patrol, tactical operations, SWAT, narcotics investigations, traffic, and community relations. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, is a POST certified firearms instructor and possess both Supervision and Management certificates. Sergeant Laughman can be contacted via E-mail or by phone at 770-551-6931.