Hazardous Devices Unit
Phone (812) 436-7939
The Evansville Police Department’s Hazardous Devices Unit consists of one sergeant, three officers and one K9. All are Certified Bomb technicians.
The Bomb Squad technicians are specially trained in the recognition, identification, and disarming of explosive/incendiary devices. Technicians are certified by the Bomb Disposal School at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and successfully complete a refresher course at Redstone Arsenal every three years. Additionally, these officers must receive forty hours of hands-on training in explosive/incendiary devices each year.
Bomb technicians are members of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators and receive additional training each year from this organization.
One of the officers handles Buster - the department’s explosive detection K-9. Buster is a Black Lab that is specifically trained to sniff out the odor of explosive devices.
In 2010 the Bomb Squad was reaccredited by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. This accreditation must be renewed every 5 years. The bomb Squad also received several items of new equipment this year from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. This equipment included a wireless system for our robot and a Total Containment Vessel (TCV). The TCV has the capabilities to store and destroy explosives as well as chemical and biological devices.
The Evansville Police Department Bomb Squad is a Regional Bomb Squad covering 10 counties in Southern Indiana as well as assisting other Bomb Squads around the state.
If you suspect that you have found an explosive device or have a question about an item that you feel might be dangerous you should keep a safe distance and call 911. Dispatch will send out an officer to investigate. That officer will contact an explosive devices technician to come out.